Pictures dated c. 1972 and 2007
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"I too grew up in Kew Gardens. My parents started me out in Eton Hall (118th and Met) and at the age of 5, they and my fraternal grandparents bought the house in the attached picture at 84-44 120th St ... 2 houses North of 85th Ave. The attached picture of the house is taken facing Northwest. The house was built in 1898 and torn down when we moved in 1972. It was just one of many grand old houses that fell victim to bulldozers, to be replaced by multiple dwelling units. I noted on your site the recent demise of another old house close by to where this house stood. I also saw the pictures from 121st St. When I was young, we called it 'Chestnut Street' because, at least then, the street was lined with chestnut trees.
I have also attached a picture of me from 1972 in my Richmond Hill High School graduation gown. The view behind me is looking
North on the West side of 120th Street towards 84th Avenue. It was taken in front of 84-44. The first private house is still there ... now appears to be a 2 family house. When my parents first moved to 120th St in '59 the street was lined with many old trees; mostly Elms. All the elms came out, suffering Dutch Elm disease. As can be seen here, the City replanted but in '72 the replacement trees had not grown much. The apartment building in the foreground is a 4 story walk-up."
[C. 1972 images are courtesy of Dan Friedman.
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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