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Fresh Meadows is a residential neighborhood in the northeastern section of the New York City borough of Queens. Fresh Meadows is located on the northeast side near Hillcrest, bordered to the east by Cunningham Park, to the south by Union Turnpike and St. John’s University, and to the west by South Flushing. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 8 and is served by the United States Postal Service as ZIP codes 11365 and 11366.


The New York City Department of Education operates public schools. Public schools located in Fresh Meadows include Francis Lewis High School, George J. Ryan Middle school,P.S. 26 Rufus King school, and P.S. 173 The Fresh Meadows School.


Fresh Meadows is home to St. Francis Preparatory School, the largest Catholic high school in the United States. On December 22, 1980, The Japanese School of New York moved from Jamaica Estates, Queens into Fresh Meadows, in the former P.S. 179. In 1991 the school moved to Yonkers in Westchester County, New York.


The Japanese Weekend School of New York, a Japanese weekend school, holds classes at The Rufus King School (P.S.26Q). Japanese Weekend School of New York. As of 2006 the school had about 800 students, including Japanese citizens and Japanese Americans, at locations in Westchester County and Long Island.


The main campus of St. John’s University lies on the Hillcrest border at Union Turnpike. Queens Library operates the Fresh Meadows Library.

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