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Welcome To Briarwood: Union Turnpike, Jackie Robinson Parkway and Queens Blvd

The interesting thing about the intersection of Union Turnpike and Queens Blvd is that three neighborhoods meet at the Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens train station. (1) Forest Hills, (2) Kew Gardens and (3) Briarwood. If you exit the train station at the fountain you are in Briarwood. If you exit the train station at the black towers, you are in Kew Gardens. If you exit the train station at the Con Edison building, you are in Forest Hills. I guess when a 6 laned Queens Blvd. meets a 4 laned Union Turnpike and a 4 laned Jackie Robinson (Inter-borough)  Parkway, anything is possible. 

The train station houses the IND E and F lines. There is also a cab stand, four express busses (two into Manhattan, one to JFK and one to LGA airports) directly across the street from the  fountain on the same side of Queens Blvd the black towers is located.

The fountain statue is on the corner adjacent to the Queens County Borough Hall. Behind both is a gem of a park where the elderly practice Tai Chi, people who get married at the court house take their wedding photographs, and bloggers like me chill in the grass with our laptops, or enjoy a few short laps of a lazy turtle run...

 

 

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Comment balloon 17 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 10 2008 12:33AM

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lol very cool. I like the post keep them coming! Thank for sharing!

Posted by Nathan Diones (Regioncy Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hey Nathan, thanks for stopping by. Will do. Enjoy your day. Regards, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

It's amazing how peaceful that park looks even though it's in the middle of a BUSY BUSY BUSY place.  It's great to have places to "get away" like that.  So do you have an aircard to plug into your laptop?  I couldn't live with out mine.....that way I don't have to wait till I get back to the office to get things done.

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) over 10 years ago

Hey Pam, I'm rolling with a Sony Vaio which was a love gift from my best friend Cindy. She hooked me up with a Netgear wireless PC card, floppy disk, DVD/CD jammie in a cool docking station. I absolutely love that puppy. The hard drive is split into a dual boot running both Windows XP Professional and Windows Home Edition. (Gotta keep my playtime files separate from my working files, so one operating system is on lock down and is pass-coded while the other is not.)  That gift was the absolute best ! It "unchained" me from my home office and broker's office. I know what you mean about the air card... they are amazing! I get quite a bit done while roaming the streets.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Sounds like you have a sweet "ride" C!  It's great to be unteathered! 

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) over 10 years ago

Pam, it is mad cool. I really enjoy the freelance lifestyle. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hey C,

That dude standing there in the park had better put some clothes on he could get thrown in jail for dat kinda stuff.  Nice looking area you have up there. 

Have a GREAT day.

Don R.

BTW, tag you be it again!!!! ;-)))

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Hey Don, never thought of it THAT way! (ROTFL) I am soooooo looking forward to playing phone-tag with you today. Sorry I missed you yesterday at the office. Will take another crack at it between errands. Enjoy your day. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, I don't get into Queens often enough...but am coming soon into Forest Hills for work and didn't know the train can take me, I always drive in.  Thanks for the info and the great shots.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Hey Carole, you are very welcome. If you need me to scope out any travel info for you, please feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to help you any way I can. Enjoy your day. Regards, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Morning Sister C!  Great pictures of the nieghborhood. I am getting ready to go away for a week and will miss you.  See my blog today for info on that. Have a great week in the Rain without me and behave yourself:-).

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Sister P, enjoy your week away! I will try really really really hard not to disappoint you and "somewhat behave." (I don't want to tell a fib at this time since I'm making you a promise - LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Wow!  Nice looking!  I grew up in Brooklyn, but spent a lot of times in Queens.  It is interesting to see how times have changed.

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

I will take the promise to try, LOL How will I ever catch up when I get back Carolyn I guess it's the price I pay I have some good books to read and a lot of day trips planned

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 10 years ago

Outstanding Paddy! Take lots of pictures and you can blog about it later Sister P! (Translated: being very nosy about your vacation.) :-)

Hey Jim, the entire New York City skyline is altering every day. It's amazing the amount of construction going in in all five boroughs. Especially Brooklyn and Manhattan. I shall have to blog about Brooklyn for you over the week end. I was born and raised there, but migrated to Queen in 1993 and have been in love with it ever since.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hi C Tann-Starr - Thanks for the invite!  I must say I didn't realized on nice looking Queens look.  These are very nice pictures.  I am actually in Queens every other weekend visiting relatives and hanging out after hours, of course at the local lounge.   Fantastic place to be and feel alive!!!!

Posted by Maheswari "Casey" Budhram (RE/MAX Exceptional Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey MCB, welcome to CC! Glad you could make it. Thank you regarding the photographs. I also agree, Queens County is a wonderful place to be and is rich in diversity, hot wired with creativity and very, very alive! Lots of fun stuff to do and see! I hope you'll share some of it with us when you post at CC. Enjoy your evening. Regards, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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