Lindenwood is a section of Howard Beach in the New York City borough of Queens. This middle class area was developed in the 1950s and 1960s and sits on landfilled land. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community District 10, served by Queens Community Board 10.1
It is primarily made up of six-story, orange or red-brick apartment buildings, constructed in the early to mid-1960s, smaller co-op "garden-apartments" (four-unit red-brick buildings) constructed in the 1950s, and seen from the Belt Parkway, and two-family homes (some attached) built in the 1960s. The "hi-rise" apartment buildings are co-op (red bricks) or condominiums (orange brick). Heritage House East and West (84-39 and 84-29 153rd Ave) were among the first condominium apartment buildings in New York State. Additional townhouses, near the Brooklyn border, were built in the 1970s and 1990s. The hi-risers, used to be very family friendly but today many of the apartment building play grounds have been converted into sitting areas and no longer even allow dogs.2
In the middle of the neighborhood is the elementary school P.S. 232, built in the early 1960s (and now known as the Walter Ward school, named after the neighborhood's late longtime NYC councilman) and the Lindenwood Shopping Center, which consists of a supermarket and about 20 stores. In the early 1970s, a second supermarket called the Village was located behind the shopping center. After failing, the building became a mall, flea market, bingo hall and private school before finally becoming a walk-in medical center. There is also a second small strip mall on Linden Boulevard, adjacent to the Lindenwood Diner.
Lindenwood currently has one church, Saint Helen's, as well as a synagogue across the street. Temple Judea, on 153rd Ave and 80th Street, was converted into apartments when the temple merged with the then Howard Beach Jewish Center in Rockwood Park. The neighborhood also used to have two pool clubs, one on 88th Street and 151st Ave, that became walk-up apartments in the early 1970s and another across from 232 that was developed in 1980, into townhouses, adjacent to a branch of Queens County Savings Bank (formerly Columbia Savings Bank), which had been previously developed. There also used to be a tennis "bubble" on 153rd Ave and 79th Street, that was also developed around 1980.
Lindenwood's residents tend to be of mostly Jewish and Italian heritage along with some of Hispanic heritage.
-  Lindenwood Volunteer Ambulance, providing EMS service. Organized in 1970
-  Article mentioning Lindenwood Diner in Tuesday, June 5, 2007 New York Daily News: "4th man in JFK terror plot surrenders" by Tony Fraser of The Associated Press
-  New York Daily News article dated Monday, June 4 2007, 4:00 AM on the JFK Terror Plot titled: "I was so close to evil & didn't know"; subtitled: "Brooklyn waitress digests shock of serving alleged mastermind" By Jess Wisloski, Xana O'Neill and Dave Goldiner, DAILY NEWS Writers
-  New York Daily News article dated Tuesday, June 5, 2007 on Page 7 by Dave Goldiner titled: "Try the notoriety at this eatery: It's their special" mentioning John (Junior) Gotti and Imette St. Guillen.
-  FoxNews.com website article titled: "JFK Terror Plot Called Technology Impossible By Critics" by Laura Ingle; again mentioning the coincidence of the Lindenwood Diner to both the Terror Plot at JFK, and Imette's Murder.