Bayside

Queens

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Bayside is a prosperous residential area in the eastern part of the borough of Queens. It borders on both the Long Island Sound and Little Neck Bay, which offer postcard-perfect open water views and splendid autumnal foliage from some of the neighborhood’s many parks. The Throgs Neck Bridge, which connects the Bronx and Queens, looms with particular majesty in the distance. Bayside, the town, is a stop on the Port Washington Line of the LIRR, which provides the best public transportation access; be advised however, if you’re planning on living here, you’re gonna need a car. Departing the train you exit up the stairway to Bell Boulevard, the heart of the town; the immediate area feels like Norman Rockwell’s Main Street, with some interesting old buildings. Shops, café’s, a few restaurants, quiet and slow. The adjacent side streets are generally leafy and silent, with a mix of small condos, single-family houses, and the occasional old folks living complex in solid brick. Once you’ve left the Bell Boulevard area, the atmosphere is very different –detached houses, manicured shrubbery and immaculate lawns. Safe and orderly, this iteration of Bayside feels quintessentially upper-middle class, professional and suburban, without exuding any elitist pretension. It’s a “Yeah, I’m doin’ alright, but I work for it” sort of vibe. Queens is part of the land mass of Long Island, and the Bayside area shares a more common character with the ‘burbs of Nassau County than it does with an urban residential neighborhood. That means lots of shopping malls, parks, and recreational facilities while offering the important advantage of access to some of the finest public schools in NYC. You’re still in the city; you’re just not of it. By Ken Hamberg

Neighborhood Highlights

Buses:

Q13
Q16
Q31
Q76
QM2
QM20

Rental Prices:

$1,058 ― $2,688

Sales Prices:

$254,000 ― $645,000

Landmarks:

Queensborough Community College, Fort Totten, Fort Totten Park

School Districts:

26

Police Precincts:

111

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