By The Times/Ledger

To the east of College Point is Whitestone. Believed named for a large white stone near the shore, Whitestone was settled before the Revolutionary War. Incorporated as a village in 1869 it was the home of Francis Lewis, a member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Whitestone Bridge opened in 1939, and there is a beautiful little park, named after Francis Lewis, at the foot of that bridge (3rd Ave & 14th St.). Nestled in-between Whitestone and College Point is the community of Malba. The name was coined from the initial letters of the five men who formed the development company. Additionally, within the community of Whitestone itself is the hamlet of Beechhurst.

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