The History of Woodhaven

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Old Woodhaven Map


Woodhaven was once known as Woodville, and is now home to a wealthy mix of middle to upper-class residents, mostly a middle-income neighborhood. Woodhaven began in the mid-1700s as a small town that revolved around farming. The first European settlements here were by the Suydam, Wyckoff, Ditmar, Lott, and the Snediker families (which is where the original names of these streets come from). Woodhaven is loacted between Forest Park and Richmond Hill and is one of the most diverse communities in Queens. One of the greatest battles from the American Revolutionary War took place in Woodhaven, near present-day Forest Park (which is now a Golf Course that I love to play in). Woodhaven also has one of the biggest tree populations in the borough.

A Connecticut Yankee, John R. Pitkin, developed the eastern area as a workers' village and named it Woodville in 1835. In 1853, he launched a newspaper, and the few of the locals voted to change the name of the village to Woodhaven.

Since 1894, Woodhaven's local newspaper has been the Leader-Observer. Majority of homes in Woodhaven as stated are one- two-family homes. Technically, it is a mixed neighborhood of single family homes (detached or in rows). Many have claimed that because of Woodhaven's rich history, sometimes it can remind one of a haunted place with hills going up and then along many areas of the neighborhood. One of the oldest homes in Woodhaven is located at 87-20 88th St.

Today, Woodhaven is a densely populated residential area with a mixed population, consisting mainly of Latinos, Guyanese, West Indians and Eastern-European immigrants.

Woodhaven is home to a large number of shared cultures and this demonstrates the broad range of ethnicities present in the most diverse county in the United States - Queens County, NY.

I hope you found this information interesting, informative and fun to read.

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Comments (6)

Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
We just drove through your area last weekend. The area has been changing a lot.
Sep 16, 2007 06:23 PM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
Bob & Caroline- Yes, the area has changed a lot recently. However, the Forest Park still looks as it did a couple a hundrd years ago. It's amazing, a stroll thru the park makes you forget that you're still in Queens. If you get a chance check it out... Woodhaven Blvd. to Park Lane South St. (you can't miss it).
Sep 17, 2007 04:18 AM
Brian Barringer
Century 21 M&M - Tracy, CA
REALTOR- Tracy, CA Real Estate
wow, I wish my town had some real history. The oldest buildings are about 100 years old. Lucky. 
Sep 18, 2007 09:33 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
Brian- I'm positive that your town has "real" history. No matter where you go or where you've been chances that that there was something or someone else there before us.
Sep 18, 2007 11:31 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

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Feb 27, 2009 04:28 PM
Arleen Kent Jill

I llived on 94th street & 89th avenue from 1941 to 1964. I never want to go back because Woodhaven lives in my happy memories

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