Beautiful Bayside Neighborhood
Bayside an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Queens borough, New York City is bordered to the north and the east by Long Island Sound and Little Neck Bay. It is separated from the bay by the Cross Island Parkway. To the east across the bay is the upscale Douglas Manor, with its large waterfront homes. The western land border is the Francis Lewis Boulevard/Utopia Parkway and Auburndale; the southern is Union Turnpike and Queens Village eastern is the Cross Island Parkway and Douglaston
Bayside has been ranked by CNN as one of the most expensive housing markets nationally when analyzing comparable detached homes throughout the United States. Despite Bayside’s large housing stock of homes that stand free, it ranks high to very high in population density nationally. These free-standing homes give the neighborhood a similar feel to other wealthy neighborhoods in Queens such as Douglaston and Little Neck. The Bayside neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board.
Bayside is a safe suburban neighborhood with city amenities and city taxes. Walk down Bayside’s crowded main thoroughfare, Bell Boulevard and you are just one block away from wide green streets and single-family homes.
Bayside is a true Queens find considering the superiority of the public schools, closeness to the Throgs Neck Bridge and highways, fast commute to Manhattan (30 minutes via the Long Island Rail Road), and many shopping centers and restaurants. There is a diverse culture of people that live in Bayside, one of the main reasons being Proximity to great shopping centers.
Great Bayside History and a Bright Future
In 1637, the Dutch West India Company encouraged Dutch farmers to settle on land grants in New Amsterdam, which was then the name of New York. The first permanent building, a stone farmhouse was built by William Lawrence of England, when he settled Bayside in 1644. About Twenty years later, England took control of New Amsterdam and renamed it the Province of New York, and English people began settling the area. In 1683 when Queens County was officially established in 1683, the Town of Flushing was one of the original five towns of Queens County, and Bayside was within the town.
Bayside’s history goes as far back as 2000 B.C. when the Matinecock Native American tribe settled there first. In the late 17th century, the area was settled by English colonists and by the middle of the 18th century, early settlers left their homes in Flushing and developed a farming community in Bayside. Through the 19th century, Bayside was still mostly farmland and wealthy people from Manhattan would visit it usually as a rural resort but by the middle of the 20th-century urban sprawl in New York City, with the help of convenient and accessible transportation, led to its development.
The Bayside Little Neck area suffered from raids during the revolutionary war by boatmen from the Connecticut shores. After the end of the war, the residential development of Bayside increased rapidly, majorly because of its station on the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington Branch, where a commuter could ride one train straight to Manhattan without requiring a transfer at Jamaica station. Bayside today is one of the safest and wealthiest neighborhoods in the borough of Queens.
Disvover New Landmarks
Below are some of the landmarks of Bayside New York;
- Lawrence Cemetery; 216th Street & 42nd Avenue.
- 35–25 223rd Street, home of actor W.C. Fields.
- Straiton-Storm Cigar Factory – The factory was the largest cigar manufacturer in America built-in 1872. The three-story wood-frame building was of the French Second Empire style but it was refurbished to its original state after a large warehouse fire in late 1976.
- Fort Totten, New York – It was built along with Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, in 1862 during the Civil War to guard the north entrance to New York Harbor.
- All Saints Episcopal Church; One of the first churches in Bayside built-in 1892, the building contains examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s work.
- The Home of Charles Johnson Post. He was a government official, artist, and a political cartoonist who published ‘The Little War of Private Post’ (1960). It is one of the classic accounts of the Spanish–American War of 1898.
- Corbett House, 221-04 Corbett Road, the home of a world champion boxer, Corbett from 1902 until his death in 1933.
- Authors House; An attached two-family house with the double addresses of 46–02 215th Street and, 214-30 46th Avenue. It has been the home of more authors than any other building in Bayside.
- Gloria Swanson’s home, the home of the silent film actress.
- Rudolph Valentino’s home in Cross Island Parkway; Where Valentino, a sex symbol, an Italian actor, and early pop icon, lived. It was also once home to the mayor of New York, Fiorello LaGuardia.