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Woodside was once part of a large scale residential development of Queens in the late 1800s, when a large Irish-American community resided there.Read more about Woodside
To this day the historic presence of Irish-Americans in Woodside is evident - there are Irish pubs on most street corners.
East of the 61st Street/Woodside subway station, the neighborhood becomes increasing Asian American, and includes Thai, Korean, Chinese, and Filipino Americans (including “Little Manilla” on Roosevelt Avenue). Woodside is also home to many South Asians and Indian Americans, and has a sizeable Latino population. Expectedly, Woodside has some of the most eclectic cuisine in Queens, and canopied Roosevelt Avenue (with the famous green girders of the 7 train line overhead) is dotted with restaurants, bars, and stores from all corners of the globe. Picking out just a few to highlight is almost impossible, but SriPraPhai Thai on 39th Ave. is probably one of the biggest draws.
Naturally, a number of festivals and street fairs take place in Woodside throughout the year, like the Saint Patrick’s Day kickoff parade and the Independence Day street fair. The Bayanihan Cultural Festival occurs every September at Hart Playground in commemoration of Filipino American History Month. Woodside is notable for encompassing many different places of worship and many public schools, 9 in total. It also has a number of small parks, including Doughboy Park, Windmueller Park, Big Bush Park, and Laurel Hill Park.
Transportation isn’t a problem - the 7 train runs above Roosevelt Avenue. The Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street bus station and subway hub is within walking distance, and connects to the LIRR. The Q18, Q32, Q39, Q47, Q53, and Q60 buses all stop in Woodside as well.
Woodside rentals start at around $1,300 for a studio to around the same price for a one bedroom, but the price can climb up to $1,800. Two bedrooms are in the neighborhood of $1,600 to $2,400. Prices vary depending on proximity to subway stations (especially 74th street Broadway), or Queens Blvd, with residential areas of the neighborhood being cheaper on average. Building amenities may vary, but laundromats are very common. Woodside borders Sunnyside, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Maspeth, and Astoria and is near the unofficial “center” of Queens.