Malba is an upper middle-class neighborhood in the Whitestone section of Queens. The waterfront neighborhood is home to some of the largest and most expensive private houses in New York City. Its name is derived from the first letters of the surnames of the five founders of the Malba Land Co: Maycock, Alling, Lewis, Bishop, and Avis. Development began in 1908, a railroad station on the Whitestone line was soon added. There were thirteen houses by the time of World War I and more than a hundred were built in the 1920s.
the early days