is a residential neighborhood in northeastern portion of the New York City borough of Queens.
During the American Revolution General Benedict Arnold drilled his troops in the area, on the current location of MS 216.
In the 19th century Fresh Meadows was a farming community known as Black Stump. The name is said to come from a tradition of defining properties by burning tree stumps at the corners of properties.
During the Great Depression the name was changed to Fresh Meadows after people realized that a name such as Fresh Meadows would attract more investors then a name like Black Stump.
The apartment complex at the center of Fresh Meadows was built after World War II by the New York Life Insurance Company.