Originally built in 1940, Colonial Court was first named Sherwood Gardens. Philip Birnbaum was the architect for the six-story, 113 apartments were constructed with an inner garden shared with its sister building Montclair Gardens. It is located on 76th Street between 35th and 37th Avenues. The building was re-named when it became a coop building.
The building is 2 blocks from the 74th-Street / Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights transit hub, with access to the E, F, M, R, and 7 subway trains. Midtown Manhattan can be reached in under 20 minutes
Highways: 0.5 mi to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, 1.1 mi to the Grand Central Parkway, 1.5 mi to the Long Island Expressway
Bicycle: The 34th Ave bike route passes the front of the building and continues west to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge, and east to Flushing Meadows and the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway system
LGA Airport: 10 minutes by taxi, 25 minutes by bus (Q33 and Q47)
JFK Airport: 25 minutes by taxi, 45 minutes by subway (E train to Airtrain)
Jackson Heights is one of the most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods in New York City. The neighborhood, planned during the early 20th century, offers a unique mix of traditional ethnic eateries, independent coffee/wine shops, tree-lined streets, attached and free standing homes in the northern section and pre-war apartments in the southern. There a weekly farmer's market, and beautifully-kept enclosed green spaces.
Originally, Colonial Court and its sister building Montclair Gardens were adorned with shudders and flower boxes on the windows of several front apartments, finials stood at the rooftop, and a carved spread-winged wooden eagle hung over the entrance ways. In the shared garden a 40' flagpole stands on an embankment at the south end of the rear garden, with a fountain and two 55 foot pools centered on the property. While the shudders and flower boxes were removed over the decades, the ruins of the fountain remain. Residents advocate for their replacement, refurbishment, or reuse. Pictures of the building in its original splendor are sought by residents of these coops.