Probably not many of us know a real history about our lovely neighborhood – Middle Village

Named due to its location midway between Williamsburg and Jamaica, Middle Village got its start in 1816 as part of the larger Newtown community.

It didn’t take off until burials were banned in Manhattan and churches bought farmland in the area for new cemeteries. Germans dominated the area and its cemetery businesses until Italian immigrants supplanted them in the 20th century.

In 1915 the Juniper Swamp was filled in, becoming Juniper Park and allowing for development of the surrounding area. Now Juniper Valley Park is a gem with 55 acres of baseball and soccer fields, a track, a roller-hockey rink, playgrounds, and courts for tennis, handball, and bocce. The track and a few fields are new and some of the best in Queens. Come by any day, even a cold Monday morning in October, to see how bocce is played by the pros.

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