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Heading north brings us into the hood known as Hollis. It goes from Hollis Ave, with Liberty Ave and Farmers Blvd, to Hillside Ave (NY 25) between 184th St and Francis Lewis Blvd. This hood is mostly residential. It was first settled by the Dutch in 1656 who made it part of New Netherlands by Peter Stuyvesant. In 1664, it was taken over by the English and they renamed this area Jamaica after the Jameco Indians, who lived here earlier. In 1776, Brigade General Nathanial Woodhull was captured at a tavern durring the Battle of LI while fighting in the American Revolution. It was known as East Jamaica and was pretty much farmland for much of the 1800's. In 1885, the LIRR extended to creating a station and Fredrick W Denton renamed the area Hollis after his birthplace. Much of the area was developed after this. In 1966, the LIRR closed station at Hillside was closed when the junction was eliminated. Hollis did recieve a lot of blacks after WWII, and it became a major place for hip-hop with Russel Simmons, Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Young MC, and JaRule for being born here. Other than that, it is like any other typical neighborhood in this part of Queens. You can get here by taking the Hempstead Branch of the LIRR to the Hollis Station. Here is what you will find in Hollis.


















































 
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