Important Beechhurst, Queens Information
Geographical Information Regarding Beechhurst Homes & Real Estate
Beechhurst is located on the east side of Whitestone, Queens. It lies between the beginning of the Throggs Neck Bridge and Whitestone Bridge. It is north of the Cross Island Parkway.
- Northern: East River
- Eastern: 162nd Street
- Southern: Cryder's Lane
- Western: 154th Street
Fun Facts About Beechhurst Properties, Real Estate & Lifestyle
Beechhurst is a neighborhood in northeastern Queens, lying within Whitestone. It began as a tract of 135 acres (fifty-five hectares) bounded to the north by the East River, to the east by 162nd Street, to the south by Cryder's Lane, and to the west by 154th Street and laid out as a residential park in 1906 by the Shore Acres Realty Company. Some lots measured only twenty by one hundred feet (six by thirty meters), but more than half were lots of a quarter-acre (ten ares) designed to encourage the construction of larger houses, especially along the shore and to the east. In the 1920s Beechhurst attracted many people active in the theater, including the producer Arthur Hammerstein, whose house was later made a landmark. The Whitestone branch of the Long Island Rail Road offered convenient commuter service until the Depression. In the 1960's large apartment buildings were erected east of 162nd Street and on the shore of the East River, on land by then considered part of the neighborhood.
Beechhurst is not considered a separate neighborhood by the city but rather as a part of Whitestone.
Arthur and Dorothy Dalton Hammerstein House
168-11 Powells Cove Blvd., Beechhurst Although not as well known as his father, Oscar Hammerstein, or brother, Oscar Hammerstein II, Arthur Hammerstein was a successful theatrical producer who sponsored 26 Broadway shows, including works by Victor Herbert, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. Following the success of the musical "Wildflower" in 1923 and his marriage to the actress and film star Dorothy Dalton, Hammerstein purchased a waterfront plot in Queens and erected this sprawling Neo-Tudor house, which was enlarged prior to 1930. The house is one of many mansions erected along the north shore of eastern Queens and adjacent sections of Long Island in the early decades of the 20th century. it is now part of a gated community called "Wildflower Estates."
Zip Codes in Beechhurst, Queens
- District 19