Designated: June 28, 2022
*The 222nd Street Historic Districts is comprised of remarkably cohesive and intact groups of Storybook-style row houses incorporating Tudor-style elements. The Storybook style is primarily associated with California, where it flourished as a small-house style in the 1920s and was influenced more by the fantasy architecture of fairytale illustrations and movie backdrops. The houses feature Tudor-arched window openings, brightly colored terra-cotta roofs and windows, brick facades with random stone accents, and whimsically decorated chimneys with patterned brick and stucco panels. The design of the row houses gives this street a “stage-set” quality consistent with the Storybook style, of a Hollywood backdrop or fairytale illustration come to life.
*text from the Landmarks Preservation Commission press release
STATUS Designated Historic District
Cambria Heights is home to many single-family homes. White middle-class New Yorkers first lived in the neighborhood, with Black families moving in the 1950s. Caribbean immigrants from Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Guayana, and Barbados later landed in Cambria Heights and the greater Jamaica, Queens...Explore the Neighborhood >
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Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
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