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Utopia, despite its name, is a fairly normal, small, middle class neighborhood in northeastern Queens that is similar to a number of other neighborhoods within the park horseshoe of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Kissena Park, and Cunningham Park.Read more about Utopia
It borders Fresh Meadows to the east, Pomonok to the west, Hillcrest to the south, and Kissena/Kissena Corridor Park to the north, beyond which lies Flushing Cemetery and Auburndale.
Utopia’s history is very simple - it started out as a new development at the turn of the 20th century, like so many other Queens neighborhoods, and was constructed by the Utopia Land Company. The mission of the Utopia Land Company was to build a cooperative community in Queens for Jewish families leaving Manhattan. Perhaps ironically, the Utopia Land Company had little to do with modern-day Utopia, since they ran out of funding and did not touch the purchased farmland after 1905. In 1940, the Gross-Morton Park Corporation continued developing the area.
Today, Utopia is a small, perhaps unassuming and quiet neighborhood within the horseshoe that enjoys easy access to a number of parks, golf courses, and athletic clubs. It is home to a number of Orthodox Jews, as well as a minority of Chinese and Korean immigrants due to its proximity to Flushing. Smaller enclaves of Russian and Indian immigrants are present as well. Popular locations in Utopia include Acquista Trattoria, Lulu’s Italian-American Bakery, Bakhter Halal, and Iguanas Mexican Grill & Cantina.
The neighborhood’s northern border is the Long Island Expy and its southern border is Union Tpke, making it a nice location for commuters, and it is adjacent to both Francis Lewis High School and St. John’s University’s main Queens campus. Both are within walking distance from most parts of the community. Grand Central Pkwy is a short drive to the south, past part of Jamaica Estates. The Queens Hospital Cancer Center, the renowned Townsend Harris High School for the humanities, and Queens College are all within short driving distance as well.
Buses that run near Utopia include the Q17, Q26, Q30, Q31, Q46 and Q88 as well as the QM1, QM5, QM6, QM7, and QM8 to midtown Manhattan.