Rosedale was originally conceived in the consolidation of the borough of Queens as a part of what is now Springfield Gardens. At the time, the Laurelton Land Company was in charge of the new Borough of Queens. It was dotted with farmland that was isolated from each other, so construction on an acceptable mode of transportation was started immediately. The Southern Railroad of Long Island(now Long Island Rail Road) was built and the whole area (today Laurelton, Rosedale, and Springfield Gardens) was served by Laurelton Station. The area was also connected to the Brooklyn waterworks. In the 20th century, the water system was less needed, and its use dwindled. Today the ruins of the aqueduct system can still be seen. After the Long Island Rail Road's construction, many new roads such as Francis Lewis and Sunrise Boulevard (today Sunrise Highway) were constructed. The area that is now Rosedale remained farmland until the mid 1930s. After the former period of relatively slow growth, development rapidly turned Rosedale into a suburban community. Many of Rosedale's homes are two-family homes.
In 1976, Bill Moyers presented a documentary titled Rosedale: The Way It Is. The program addressed the racial tensions in this community, which was at that time in a transition from what had been primarily an Irish American, Italian American and Jewish community to what is now mostly a community of African Americans and Caribbean immigrants.The area is home to many Caribbean immigrants compared to the Irish, Italian and Jewish Americans of the neighboring Nassau County communities of Valley Stream and Woodmere.
Rosedale is a neighborhood in New York City in the southeastern portion of the borough of Queens. Rosedale is bordered to the north by Cambria Heights, the east by Valley Stream and North Woodmere (both in Nassau County), the west by Laurelton and Brookville Park, and to the south by John F. Kennedy International Airport. It is at the eastern edge of New York City, its border with Valley Stream forming part of the boundary between Queens and Nassau County. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.. Many roads of importance in Queens also run through Rosedale such as Francis Lewis Boulevard and Sunrise Highway connect Queens and Nassau county.
The schools in Rosedale are P.S. 138/The Sunrise School, P.S. 195/William Haberle School, P.S. 38/Rosedale School, St. Pius X Elementary School (which closed after the 2004 school year), St. Clare School, Christ Lutheran, a Lutheran school for K - 8th Grade and Little Leadership Academy, a Christian preschool for ages 2 - 5.
Rosedale is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Branch, located at North Conduit Avenue and 243rd Street. Service is provided by both the Far Rockaway and Long Beach branches. The CityTicket program is available at the Rosedale station. The Rosedale station was recently renovated, and is in Zone 3. Rosedale is also served by the Q5, Q85, Q111 and Q113 bus routes. The only express bus route is the X63, which operates during rush hours only.
Notable current and former residents of Rosedale include:
- Barbara Bach (1947-) Actress, born in Rosedale.
- Phil Carey (1925-2009) - Soap opera actor, grew up in Rosedale.
- Elora Perez (1989-) - Model/Actress, grew up in Rosedale.
- Pizon (1982-) - Rapper/Producer, born and raised in Rosedale.
- Samuel Rhodes (1941-) Violist of the Juilliard String Quartet, grew up in Rosedale.
- Darren Robinson (1967-1995) - Rapper of The Fat Boys, lived in Rosedale.
- Herb Score (1933-2008) - Baseball player/Announcer, born in Rosedale. As a pitcher, Herb put the fast in fastball.
- DJ Spinbad (1974-) - DJ/Producer, grew up in Rosedale.
- Aida Turturro (1962-) - Actress, grew up in Rosedale.
- John Turturro (1957-) - Actor, grew up in Rosedale.
- Nicholas Turturro (1962-) - Actor, grew up in Rosedale.
- ↑ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
- ↑ http://www.barbara-bach.com/
- ↑ OLTL News: Phil Carey, One Life to Live's Asa, dead at 83 | One Life to Live @ soapcentral.com
- ↑ Cruz, Claudia. "Search for Next Latina Model", The Queens Courier, April 7, 2010. Accessed October 27, 2010. "Elora Perez, 20, a Rosedale resident, student and aspiring actress."
- ↑ http://www.juilliardstringquartet.org/bios/rhodes.html
- ↑ "DJ Spinbad", spinbad.com, Accessed November 29, 2007. "Considering that his humble plan in the 80s in Rosedale, Queens to be a DJ."
- ↑ Laurino, Maria. "A Leading Man With a Twist", The New York Times, September 17, 1995. Accessed September 25, 2007. "Mr. Turturro is Italian-American and was raised in the Rosedale section of Queens."