History

Elmhurst is a neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City. Today it remains home to an incredibly diverse set of immigrants and migrants dating back to the 1800s. According to Wikipedia, Elmhurst is originally known as Newtown. The town was renamed to Elmhurst in 1897 and a year later it was incorporated as part of Queens County in the Greater City of New York.

Location

Elmhurst is situated between Roosevelt Avenue on the north and Long Island Expressway. Grand Central station is 30-minute ride on the 7 train from 90th Street–Elmhurst Avenue station. There are also the M and R local trains, which stop at Elmhurst Avenue, Grand Avenue-Newtown, and Woodhaven Boulevard. Local residents usually transfer for express trains to the City.

Community

According to Wikipedia, the residents in Elmhurst prior to World War II were once almost exclusively Jewish and Italian. Following the war, immigrants settled in the area and Elmhurst evolved into one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in New York City. Today the majority of the residents are primarily Latinos and Chinese Americans.