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Queens Borough

Excerpt from Queens Borough By the act of consolidation of 1897, Queens County which was then comprised of the towns of Long Island City. Newtown, Flushing, Jamaica and Hempstead, some of which were settled as early as 1640, was amalgamated as the Borough Of Queens, as part of the City Of Greater New York. It is the purpose of this book to set forth the commercial, financial, industrial and residential advantages and possibilities of the Borough of Queens considered by itself. It is not generally realized how great a city the Borough of Queens would be separated from its political connections with New York City. with an area of 129 square miles, or 40 percent, of the land area of Greater New York, it is about as large as the Boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, and Brooklyn combined; as large as Philadelphia; and three times as large as Boston. With a population of 282,041 in 1910, it ranked 19th in size among the principal cities of the United States. Estimated population in 1912 is 334,297. Industrially, Queens ranked 4th among the cities and Boroughs of New York State and 17th among the principal cities of the United States as to the value of its manufactured products, their value in 1909 being $151,000,000, and increased 314 percent, within ten years. In 1911, there were 5,374 new buildings constructed within the Borough at an estimated cost of $22,212,000, an increase of 46 percent, over the year 1910. The records of the Board of Health show that Queens is healthy, for the death rate in Queens in 1911 was not only the lowest of any Borough in New York City, but of any of the first twenty cities in size in the United States. Its banking facilities are the best and its many banks have ample capital. Its schools and churches are unexcelled. Its transportation facilities connecting with Manhattan and Brooklyn are excellent and millions of dollars are now being expended in improving these facilities. It has over 196 miles of natural water front and 20 miles of docks on the East River, Long Island Sound, Jamaica Bay, and Atlantic Ocean. The tonnage on Newtown Creek for 1910 was greater than the combined tonnage of all the canals of the State of New York. Queens is a Borough of magnificent opportunities for the manufacturer, the business man, or the home seeker. Its natural advantages are unsurpassed and its beauty unexcelled. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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