Trains Meadow Road

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Trains Meadow Road Queens - Queens, Vol. 2, Double Page Plate No. 18 1907.png

When referencing what today is the Jackson Heights neighborhood during its farming era, historians often cite Trains Meadow Road.

For example, the following is from an essay, Jackson Heights - Its History and Growth, by Helen Fulton Orton, as read before the Newtown Historical Society in 1950. The quote refers to the aftermath of the biggest battle of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Long Island. British troops had just defeated Washington's army and its troops were sent to Jackson Heights' soil, as follows:[1]

When the British army marched up to Newtown on August 31st and September 1, 1776, one contingent of 4,000 men, under the command of Sir Henry Clinton, marched along Trains Meadow Road, to a point about 2 blocks beyond Northern Boulevard and encamped there. General Clinton made his headquarters in the house of  Nathaniel Moore, which stood just north of the present Northern Boulevard on the Bowery Bay Road.

The Ward Two Newtown map shows the location of Trains Meadow Road. The sliver of 37th Road between Leverich Street and 69th Street is the sole remnant of it.

Related Wiki Pages[edit]


  1. Jackson Heights A Garden in the City, by Daniel Karatzas, 1990, page 6

External Links[edit]

  • The New York Public Library has 3 maps that include Trains Meadow Road, see here.
  • New York Public Library 1907 version of the above map].
  • Forgotten New York discussion of Trains Meadow Road.