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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2007 12:00 am

During June 1945, Douglaston residents, who had been waging a five-year fight to ban the construction of apartment houses in their community, won a victory in City Hall. The City Planning Commission, after a week’s study, announced favorable action on a petition from 850 residents asking that the community, one of the North Shore’s finest residential sections, be placed in a “G” zone, which would restrict construction in the area to one-family dwellings except in a small section set aside for retail stores.

Signers of the petition said they anticipated an increase in the construction of multiple dwellings and apartment houses after the war, and asked for the restrictions to preserve the small-homes character of the neighborhood.

June 21, 1873 was the inaugural meet at the Creedmoor range. Although the event was almost spoiled by the heavy rain the day before, eight regiments of the National Guard took part, firing at 200 and 500 yard targets with Springfield and Remington rifles. The year before the National Rifle Association had purchased the Creed farm from Conrad Poppenhusen, of College Point, who in turn had obtained it when he was assembling a right of way for a railroad he controlled. Although the 75 acre tract was a tangle of weeds and scrub, its flat surface, far from the city, was thought to make an ideal parade ground and shooting range.

One of the directors of the Rifle Association, H.G. Shaw, later reminisced how the community got its name: “the directors suggested I ought to suggest a name. It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to call it after Creed, so I jumped up, struck a light, and scribbled off with a pencil the words Creeding, Creedam, Creedfield, Creedmarsh, Creedom, Creedmont, Creedfield, Creedmarsh, Creedmoor. I returned to bed and fell asleep resolved to submit one of the names. The next morning at breakfast, I settled upon “Creedmoor” as the most breezy and euphonious word. I wrote the name in Roman characters on a piece of paper in order to impress the eye as well as the ear of my associates. At a meeting when the others had called for a reading of the word, and after each had pronounced it for himself two or three times, it was unanimously adopted as a title.”

On Saturday, June 30, celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Hell Gate Bridge as the New York Connecting Railroad Society in association with the Greater Astoria Historical Society plans a daylong celebration. Either meet under the bridge at Astoria Park at 1 p.m. or at the society’s lecture hall at Quinn’s Gallery, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, in Long Island City at 5 p.m. for a series of talks and lectures.

For more information, contact event organizer Bernie Ente at atrs301@juno.com or call (718) 278-0700 or go to the society’s Web site at www.astorialic.org.

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