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In the Beginning
The Long Island Rail Road Station
Maple Grove Cemetery and Vicinity
Homes of Kew
Lefferts Boulevard and Vicinity
Queens Boulevard and Vicinity
Metropolitan Avenue and Vicinity
Kew Garden Apartments
Kew Gardens in the News
PS99 Photographs and More
Where Are They?
Kew Gardens Improvement Association
Links to Other Web Sites of Interest
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Topographic maps courtesy of
Dr. J. Bret Bennington
of the Hofstra University Geology Dept.
The Terminal Moraine
The beginning was some 23,000 years ago when an advancing glacier stopped at the place we now call Kew Gardens. As the glacier melted, the water ran down to the Atlantic Ocean creating the flat land on which Richmond Hill and other communities to the south were built. The boulders and earth the glacier carried here remained in the form of a hilly ridge that geologists call a "terminal moraine". It was on this moraine that Kew Gardens would be built.
Kew Gardens: Urban Village in the Big City
, p. 6 (Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts 1999)
A Peek at Richmond Hill Through the Keyhole of Time
, p. 5 (1994)
Vincent F. Seyfried & William Asadorian,
Old Queens, N.Y. in Early Photographs
, p. v (Dover Publ. 1991).