The Kew Bolmer Apartments as seen from Queens Boulevard
"The Kew Bolmer
(80-45 Kew Gardens Road) was designed in 1914 for the acute angled intersection of Queens Boulevard and Kew Gardens Road at the edge of the new community. Like the nearby Kew Gardens Inn
that would go up six years later, the Kew Bolmer must have been sited to take advantage of the rural views looking east
over the Queens Valley (Flushing Meadows) as well as the Boulevard's new trolley line that ran via the Queensborough Bridge
into "the city." handsomely designed to fit the triangular site, it had balconies facing west, a picturesque cornice to delight those traveling east on the Boulevard, and surrounding gardens that are today buried under commercial store fronts."
[Barry Lewis, Kew Gardens: Urban Village in the Big City
, pp. 42 - 43 (Kew Gardens Council for Recreation & the Arts, Inc. 1999).]
The Pennsylvania Drugstore at the corner of Queens Boulevard and Kew Gardens Road
If you have pictures of yourself showing any Kew Gardens locale in the background, email me high resolution jpegs and I will post them here as space permits.
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