By Rebecca Henely
While Queens is often seen as being overlooked when the city hands out landmark status, the borough came out on top this year, with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approving four spots in Jamaica and a historic district in Ridgewood Tuesday.
“These measures build upon the strong record the Commission has established in the past seven years of protecting the architecturally significant buildings and sites that speak to the development and history of Queens,” commission Chairman Robert Tierney said in a press release.
The Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Hall at 155-24 90th Ave., the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Building at 89-31 161st St., the former Jamaica Savings Bank at 146-21 Jamaica Ave. and the Queens General Court House on 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard were all designated landmarks. The new Ridgewood South Historic District will encompass the St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church and 210 buildings between Woodward Avenue, Onderdonk Avenue, Catalpa Avenue and Woodbine Street.