Montclair Gardens

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Montclair Gardens is a pre-war cooperative apartment residence located on 75th Street, just north of 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens. It has 113 studio, one, and two bedroom apartments, with 9' ceilings, hardwood floors, arched doorways, and other pre-war architectural details.

The building's architect Philip Birnbaum, was known for the the efficiency of his apartment layouts.

The building is two blocks from the 74th-Street / Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights transit hub, with access to the E, F, M, R and 7 trains.

Building Facts and Amenities[edit]

  • Built in 1941
  • 6 stories, 113 units
  • Common garden area
  • 2 elevators
  • 2 laundry rooms
  • 2 recycling centers in basement
  • Party room / communal space
  • Live-in superintendent
  • Pet friendly (with restrictions)
  • Storage units available in basement
  • Bicycle storage available in basement
  • Domestic waste chutes on each floor
  • Subleasing by Board Approval
  • 2% Flip Tax


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 is a weekly Greenmarket, and a beautifully-kept enclosed green space at local Travers Park.


Originally, Montclair Gardens and its sister building Colonial Court 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.

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