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Technically part of Hollis, the area of the neighborhood known as “Holliswood” is north of Hillside Blvd and south of Grand Central Pkwy.Read more about Holliswood
It borders Fresh Meadows and Cunningham Park to the north, Jamaica to the west, Queens Village to the east, and Hollis itself to the south of Hillside Blvd.
Holliswood shares much of the same history as neighboring Hollis. The area started out as farmland, and was once the site of a famous Revolutionary War incident in which an American general Nathaniel Woodhull was wounded and imprisoned in an inn by the British for refusing to say “God Save the King.” Decades later, Frederick W. Dunton, a history buff and relative of the President of the Long Island Rail Road, built his manor on the same hill where General Woodhull was captured. In 1884 East Jamaica was renamed Hollis and development began in earnest.
Dunton’s estate, “Hollis Hall”, is the location of modern-day Holliswood Apartments. The streets in Holliswood were all given Spanish names by Dunton (Rio, Como, Marengo, etc.), and a small field, the Epsom Course, was used by Dunton as a trotting course. After Dunton died and Hollis Hall was sold it became a Chop House, a speakeasy, and then was renovated and turned into the current garden complex in 1949.
Today Hollis and Holliswood are very similar - both are culturally diverse neighborhoods with gorgeous Victorian architecture and a number of shopping choices on Jamaica and Hillside Aves. Famous residents have included Mario Cuomo, Andy Rooney, and a number of hip hop influences like L.L. Cool J and Run-DMC (although most of them lived in Hollis). Famous locations in Holliswood include the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, the Holliswood Jewish Center, and Yeshiva University. Popular restaurants in nearby Hollis include Gaby’s Pizza and Cindee’s Cakes.
Hollis and Holliswood are reachable via the Hollis Station of the Long Island Rail Road. The Q2, Q77, and Q110 buses run between Jamaica, Hollis, and Queens Village. Drivers can easily reach Grand Central Pkwy, Cross Island Pkwy, Hillside Ave, and Jamaica Ave.