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Douglaston Little Neck, or the neighborhoods of “Douglaston” and “Little Neck” (sometimes seen as one community) is a large, upper middle class neighborhood in northeastern Queens on the Queens County/Nassau County border.Read more about Douglaston Little Neck
Located on the North Shore of Long Island, the neighborhood represents one of the least “urban” communities in metropolitan New York City, and certainly feels more like suburban Nassau County. Douglaston and Little Neck are separated by Northern Blvd, and bordered by Bayside to the east, Glen Oaks to the south, Lake Success to the west, and Little Neck Bay to the north.
Centuries ago the Matinecock Native Americans settled in the area for the bay fishing, and the first European settler arrived in 1656, when the peninsula was called “Little Madnan’s Neck.” Over the next century more merchants continued to arrive and build mansions in the area. By 1862 the North Shore Railroad arrived, and the “Douglaston” stop allowed for rapid expansion. By the early 20th century a planned community was underway, and to this day many of the houses in Douglaston Little Neck retain the Tudor, Mediterranean, and Colonial Revival styles of the period. Nearby, the Little Neck train station opened in 1882 and allowed for expansion into the dock area. Northern Blvd was developed largely as a way to reach these two communities, and as a central commercial hub.
Today, Douglaston Little Neck is an upscale, mostly white community with a fairly large Asian minority (24%) and a smaller Hispanic presence (7%). The neighborhood is famous and sought-after for its accessibility to the docks of Little Neck Bay, and remains a popular summer destination for sailing, fishing, and watersports.
The community itself is also very vibrant and full of history. Both Douglaston and Little Neck are famous for their civic organizations and historical districts. Douglaston has an 18-hole golf course, live theater courtesy of Theater a la Carte, and an art community in the National Art League on Douglaston Parkway. The people of the community are also very giving - there is a volunteer fire unit as well as a volunteer ambulance corps. The intersection between Douglaston Pkwy and Northern Blvd is famous for its delis and pizzerias. Popular restaurants include Mizumi Restaurant, Fairway Market, Grimaldi’s Pizza, and Northern Manor Restaurant.
Douglaston Little Neck is served by eight public and private elementary/secondary schools, all of which feed into Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside.
Transportation to Douglaston Little Neck is available via the Douglaston Long Island Rail Road Station, from which Midtown Manhattan is only a 30-minute ride away. The buses that serve the area include the Q12, which takes riders to Flushing and the 7-train option, the Q30 connecting to Jamaica, and 3 express buses to Manhattan in the QM3, QM5, and QM8. Major roads include the Long Island Expy, Grand Central Pkwy, and Cross Island Pkwy.