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Heading west brings us into the hood known as Briarwood. It goes from Hillside Ave (NY 25) to Union Tpk between Parsons Blvd and the Van Wyck Expwy (I-678). It was first settled by the Dutch as part of New Netherlands in 1656 as Rustdorp. It was later on taken over by the English in calling it Jameco (now Jamaica) in 1664. In 1776, it was part of a major trading post. In 1905, it was decided that Herbert O'Brien, the head of the Briarwood Land Co, would build a new neighborhood here. Briarwood was originally built to be a way station for Jews on their way to the suburbs of Long Island. In 1946, Parkway Village was built for the members of the UN until the UN Secritariat Bldg, in Manhattan, was built. Briarwood does have its own distinction from Jamaica, and even is known by itself. Many tend to view this area is an escape from the city life despite bordering both Jamaica and Kew Gardens. For those who know about Queens Blvd, the borough's monster road ends here. You can get here by taking the subway to Briarwood-Van Wyck (E, F), Stuphin Blvd (F), and Parsons Blvd (F). Here is what you will find in Briarwood.
































































 
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