One of the gems of eastern Queens, Bayside is a sizeable, wealthy upper middle class neighborhood close to the Queens/Nassau County divide.
It was ranked by CNN Money as one of the most expensive housing markets nationally for detached homes. Despite this, it has historically been seen as a very safe, desirable neighborhood in Queens for the upper middle class that maintains a high population density relative to nearby neighborhoods. Bayside borders Little Neck and Little Neck Bay to the east, Little Bay to the north, Murray Hill to the west, and Hollis Hills to the south.
Bayside is literally one of the oldest neighborhoods in Queens. Its proximity to Little Neck Bay made it a settlement of the Matinecock Native American tribe back in 2000 BC up until the 17th century, when English colonists arrived. In the 19th century Bayside was still mostly farmland, but by the latter half of the 20th century it became more urbanized along with the rest of Queens. Like Flushing, Bayside was the residence of many famous early theatre and movie stars such as Rudolph Valentino. In the 1920s, when the center of cinema moved to Hollywood, the stars followed, but Bayside remained an upscale and glamorous neighborhood with gated communities like Bayside Gables, Bayside Hills, and Bay Terrace. Today, Bayside is mostly white (47% in 2010), but has a very large and growing Asian population (37%), mostly Korean American.
There is certainly no shortage of school options: Bayside has two famous high schools, Bayside High and Benjamin Cardozo, as well as 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, and five parochial schools. Two public libraries are available to residents, and organized little leagues are popular. Residents can also enjoy eight parks within walking or driving distance. Landmarks include Fort Totten, built during the Civil War, as well several old churches like All Saints Episcopal Church. Bay Terrace, a garden community located in northern Bayside, has an adjacent open-air shopping center. Bell Blvd, Northern Blvd, and Francis Lewis Blvd are all commercial streets. Well-reviewed restaurants include BKNY Thai, Press 195, Avli (Greek), and Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse.
Notable residents of Bayside past and present include Michael Chang, Frank Costello, Ron Jeremy, Buster Keaton, and Paul Newman, as well as other silent film and “Golden Age” Hollywood actors. Several TV shows, including Entourage, were either filmed in or starred characters from Bayside.
Public transportation to Penn station takes 30 minutes from the LIRR Port Washington Branch Bayside station.The QM2, and QM2A buses both stop in midtown Manhattan as well. Major roads include the Long Island Expy, Francis Lewis Blvd, and Utopia Pkwy. Plans to extend the 7-line past its eastern terminus in Flushing to Bayside are also being discussed by the MTA.
Local Subway Stops
- E F Jamaica - 179 St
- E F 169 St
- 7 Flushing - Main St
- E F Parsons Blvd
- E J Jamaica Center - Parsons/Archer
The Top No-Fee Buildings
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|23 50 Waters Edge Drive||2|
|23 50 Waters Edge Drive||1|
|203-02 43 AVENUE||1|
|203-02 43 AVENUE||1|
|203 15 42 Avenue||1|
|245-10 GRND CNTRL PKWY SR S||1|
- 33% Private House
- 14% Townhouse
- 11% Elevator/Laundry Building
- 8% Walk-Up
- 8% Condo or Co-Op Building