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LeFrak City: One of Largest Housing Complexes in Queens

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LeFrak City

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Definition: LeFrak City is a gargantuan complex of 18-story buildings with 5,000 apartments, built on 40 acres of land, alongside the Long Island Expressway (LIE) in Corona, Queens. Over 15,000 people live in LeFrak City.

The LeFrak Organization broke ground in 1960, finishing by 1969, and offered air-conditioned apartments at $40 a room. The LeFrak strategy of "Total Facilities for Total Living" meant bringing recreational, shopping, transportation, and other services to the residents. From the start, this housing for working class families was a success.

In the 1980s LeFrak City became known for drugs and gang violence, but times changed again in the 1990s as an influx of Russian immigrants came to the area. LeFrak City continues to bustle, offering spacious apartments at reasonable rates. However, crime remains a problem in the neighborhood.

LeFrak City meets the LIE at Junction Boulevard, east of Queens Boulevard, and is close to the western side of Flushing Meadows Park.

  • Community Board: 4
  • Library: The LeFrak City Branch Library: 98-30 57 Ave, Corona, NY 11368, 718-592-7677
  • Police: 110th Precinct
  • Zip Codes: 11368 (a.k.a. Flushing)
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