Bayside in Queens NY


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Bayside's history dates back to 2000 B.C., when the Matinecock Native American tribe first settled there. In the Late 17th century, the area was settled by English colonists. By the middle of the 18th century, early settlers left their homes in Flushing and developed a farming community, Bay Side. During the Revolutionary War, the Bayside-Little Neck area suffered from raids by whaleboatmen from the Connecticut shores. In one of the raids, the Talman house was attacked and the miller was killed.In the 19th century Bayside was still mostly farmland. Middle 20th century urban sprawl, with the help of better roads, suburbanized it. During the 1920s many rich actors and actresses, such as Rudolph Valentino, lived in Bayside. Because of its close location to the city, it was a perfect place to live, not too urban or suburban.

Bayside is located in northeastern Queens,on the North Shore, and is part of Queens Community Board 11. Its geographical boundaries are: Francis Lewis Boulevard to the west, 233rd Street to the east, Grand Central Parkway to the south, and Cross Island Parkway/Little Neck Bay to the north. Bayside is bordered by neighboring communities Douglaston/Little Neck to the east, Auburndale to the west, and Oakland Gardens to the south.

Bay Terrace is a community of garden apartments located in the north section of the neighborhood; an adjacent shopping center was named after the community. The northern section of Bay Terrace also has a view of the Throgs Neck Bridge, which leads to The Bronx.

Bayside's major highways include the Long Island Expressway, Clearview Expressway, and the Cross Island Parkway. Bayside is also connected to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and Long Island by the Long Island Rail Road's Port Washington Branch at the Bayside station.

Francis Lewis Boulevard, one of Bayside's main streetsThe north end of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway is in Little Bay Park, under the Throgs Neck Bridge approaches, with convenient connection to the Utopia Parkway bicycle lane. It lies between Cross Island Parkway and Little Neck Bay, connecting Bayside to Douglaston, Queens and Alley Pond Park, and eventually to central Queens and Coney Island.

Francis Lewis Boulevard is a major street notorious for drag racing, which has resulted in several fatalities to drivers and pedestrians over the years.

Bayside, in northeastern Queens, is a suburban neighborhood with city amenities and city taxes (often $6,000 a year less than neighboring Nassau County). Walk down Bell Boulevard, Bayside's crowded main thoroughfare, and it's hard to believe that just one block away are wide, green streets and one-family homes. Bayside is a true Queens find, with its superior public schools, quick commute to Manhattan (30 minutes by LIRR), proximity to the Throgs Neck Bridge and highways, and many shops and restaurants. More and more Chinese, Greek, and Korean families are finding a home here, joining a thriving Italian community.


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