The Hollis Preservation Association

Our voice is not being heard!  Please, Stop destroying our beautiful historic homes!  We want to reconnect with our neighbors and discover all the good works that is  going on in our community.

A house being demolished right in the heart of the neighbourhood without prior notice to residents or environmental safeguards prompted the community to organize to ensure that their voice will be heard.  This fervent coming together of concerned residents was the foundation for the formation of the Hollis Preservation Association (HPA).


HPA Mission Statement

The Mission of the Hollis Preservation Association is to: Enhance, preserve, and advocate for the aesthetic character, sense of community, and quality of life within the neighborhood of Hollis; Encourage residents to network and work together for the upkeep, general good and the power to effect positive changes in Hollis.; Act together with residents and appropriate agencies to preserve the historical resources of Hollis; Be a source of information about community resources while educating/informing the community and the public at large about the rich history, current events and ongoing vitality of Hollis; and Implement and support programs for the general good of the community.

HPA has made tremendous outreach into the community and has sparked dialogue with elected officials on all governmental levels -- even reaching as far as the Office of the First Deputy Mayor of New York -- to address the concerns of the residents of Hollis. First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo enthusiastically extended the Mayor's Office support of HPA's Landmark Initiative. Councilwoman Nantansha Williams heard the community's concerns and also offered her support.

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We need each other right now!

Let's get together to protect what is ours!

We must have a say in what happens in our very own neighborhood!

Residents of Hollis!

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Hollis IS A Very Special place to live!

Hollis is a middle-class neighborhood with tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns, many single-family homes and fierce community pride….

Hollis had been home to many politicians & activitists, entertainers, athletes and other celebrities

Alone, we can do so little; TOGETHER, WE CAN DO SO MUCH!

But developers are trying to erode our community and tear down our historic homes!

Hollis is known for being home to many rappers. The hip-hop producer and icon Russell Simmons and the group Run-D.M.C are from Hollis. Other notable residents in the rap and entertainment industries include: LL Cool J, Ja Rule, Apani B, Ed Lover, Lee Q. O'Denat, DJ Hurricane, Black, Rock and Ron, Young MC. Jam Master Jay, Reverend Run, DMC.

Birthplace of Hip Hop!

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Preacher and activist Al Sharpton called Hollis home. He lived at 100-50 199 St. in Hollis and attended PS 134 and later JHS 109 in Queens Village. Other notable residents include Colin Powell, Mario & Andrew Cuomo, Andrew Young, Diane Patrick, Gregory Meeks, Lani Guinier, Byron Brown, Augustus A. Beekman.

Politicians & Activists

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Milwaukee Bucks Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ) resided at his parents' house on 205-03 104th Street. Hollis, NY. Other famous residents of Hollis include: Art Buchwald, Daymond John, Lord Burgess, Roy Eldridge, Phil Schaap, Milt Jackson, Royal Ivey, Roy Haynes, Brian Hardgroove, Jaki Byard .

Athletes & Other Celebrities

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United We Stand!

Let's WorK TOGETHER to Preserve OUR BEAUTIFUL, HISTORIC Neighborhood

Alone, we can do so little; TOGETHER, WE CAN DO SO MUCH!

HPA has launched a petition ... 

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Please show your support.  Sign our E-petition here.

HPA  Meetings & Newsletter.

The Hollis Preservation Association circulates the HPA Newsletter  in an endeavor to address two of the Hollis Preservation Association's mandate: to advocate and inform.  Highlights of the newsletter are featured current events, organizations and programmes; focus on community concerns and how they are being addressed, local events, history of Hollis and more.  You can download current copies of the HPA Newsletter on this and other HPA pages.

Members of the Hollis Preservation Association meet at regular intervals.  We invite all members of the local community and other interested parties to attend.  Our goal is to be part of the process that keeps our community informed and in touch with one another    .

Hollis Community Meetings
Virtual Zoom Meeting
Next Meeting:

Monday, 4th of December 2022 at 7:30 pm.
Zoom ID:  898 6349 8781
Passcode: 462341
Don’t have a computer.  Don’t miss the meeting!
Call in and join the conversation by phone.
(646) 876-9923


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Marie replied the topic: #26 1 year 11 months ago
HPA came together very quickly, a rapid response to the unkindness that has been inflicted upon the Hollis community. This a beautiful neighborhood, one that I admired from a distance before moving here. It is chock full of history, not just from the houses alone, but there are so many stories yet to be told by longtime residents. Kudos HPA!

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