Destination: The Americas

College Point, New York (NY)
Archivist:  Susan Williams


Archivist:  Susan Williams

  College Point, New York is located in the borough of Queens, New York City  located on the East River – perhaps a reminder of the Marosch River in Glogowatz.  Villagers/settlers sailed and swam in the river.

In the mid-1800’s the village was a thriving farm community.  When the village was first settled it was known as Tew’s Neck – then Lawrence’s Neck -- then Strattonport and finally College Point.

In 1645 the original Dutch Charter was signed.  Following the revolutionary war, the Stratton family purchased 320 acres.  In 1835 the Stratton family sold property to Dr. William A. Muhlenberg, an Episcopalian minister.   His dream was to establish a seminary as a rival to Harvard and Yale.  He established St. Paul’s Seminary which was successful until the financial woes of 1837.  The school closed but the name stayed with the location – the school had been located on what is now MacNeil Park along Fifth Avenue bordering the East River. 

NYC skyline from the Herman A. MacNeil Park looking across the East river.  MacNeil Park, named for Herman A. MacNeil (1866-1947), a College Point resident and national known sculptor, was formerly known as Chisholm Park or the College Point Shore Front Park. © Susan Williams 2004




The Attraction to College Point

In 1853 Conrad Poppenhusen built his rubber factory – the population of the town
grew to 2,000 by 1860.  Along with the factory, Poppenhusen built homes for his workers and a cobblestone road between Whitestone and College Point.  He drained the marshes, brought in clean water, tree-lined paved streets and gas lines. In 1898 College Point became part of Greater New York City.  [Complete Story]

Donauschwaben Area Associations

German Romanian Society of New York, Inc.
Eva Mayer
P.O. Box 119
College Point, NY 11356

Liederkranz of New York City
On January 9, 1847, a group of 25 men of German heritage founded a male singing society, dedicated in particular to the promotion of vocal and instrumental music. The society's name was "Deutscher Liederkranz der Stadt New York."
6 E 87th St
New York, NY 10128-0505

St. Fidelis, College Point, New York
The Early History & The Pastors of St. Fidelis Church 1856-2004

Local Genealogical Research Aids
College Point, Queens County, New York State Records

College Point Danube Swabian Surname Registry

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College Point, NY Archivist:  Susan Williams

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