Elmhurst is a middle-class neighborhood in Queens that has the awesome distinction of being the most diverse place on the planet, but we’ll get to that later.
Elmhurst is conveniently situated between Jackson Heights, Corona, and Rego Park. It borders Queens Boulevard, Junction Boulevard, and Broadway, and is within walking distance from the 74th Street - Broadway transportation hub in Jackson Heights (and all the gustatory wonders of Roosevelt Avenue).
Elmhurst has had quite a few name changes in its history. It was first Middleburgh, a village for Dutch colonists displaced by the Native American attacks on nearby Maspat (modern-day Maspeth). In other words, Elmhurst started out as a refugee village. After the British came in the late 17th century, it was renamed Newtown, and in 1896 was renamed Elmhurst to identify a new housing development that became rather trendy and popular once Queens was incorporated into New York City.
Before WWII, Elmhurst was almost entirely Jewish and Italian. Post-WWII, Elmhurst gradually evolved into the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in the city, and, by extension, the most ethnically diverse place in the world. In the 1980s, there were 112 nationalities represented in Elmhurst, and since then the number has only grown. Over 57 languages are spoken in the area code, according to the NYC Department of Education. Since the 2000s, Elmhurst has also seen a growing Chinese population along Broadway and the emergence of a second Queens Chinatown centered around the Asia Bank on Broadway - 45th Ave.
The overwhelming diversity of the neighborhood has given it a vibe and feel all its own. Foodies will instantly fall in love with the offerings in Elmhurst that line Broadway, including Joju (Vietnames hoagies), Ayada Thai, Taste Good Malaysian, and Chao Thai. Along the neighborhood’s northern boundary with Jackson Heights, a different world of Indian and Filipino cuisines figure prominently in the area surrounding the transportation hub at 74th Street - Broadway.
But the food isn’t the only reason to love Elmhurst. It’s also one of the most convenient neighborhoods in the city. Two shopping malls are within walking distance - Queens Center (the largest mall in Queens) and the smaller Queens Place Mall are just a block apart. Three parks line Broadway, and the Elmhurst Hospital Center is one of the largest and fastest in Queens County. There are 11 schools in Elmhurst, including Newtown High School/ A number of old, historical churches include the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown (1652). The Queens Boulevard portion of Elmhurst was once [in]famous for having a long stretch of fast food restaurants. Now only McDonalds remains, but the old Wendy’s was the location of the fictional McDowell’s in Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America. On the other side of Queens Boulevard notable buildings include the historic Elk’s Lodge (now New Life Fellowship) and the old Elmwood Theatre (now Rock Church).
The E, M, R trains make stops through Elmhurst at Woodhaven Boulevard (for easy access to Queens Center Mall), Grand Ave - Newtown, and Elmhurst Avenue, which is at the center of Elmhurst’s Chinatown. The 7 train, as well as many other trains, stop at the 74th Street - Broadway hub in neighboring Jackson Heights. Buses include the Q52, Q53, Q88, Q72, Q11, Q21, Q38, Q58, Q59, Q29, and Q60. A number of major thoroughfares pass through Elmhurst, including the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Queens Blvd, Roosevelt Ave, Woodhaven Blvd, Junction Blvd, and Broadway/Grand Ave. Midtown is less than 30 minutes away by train.
|Building Address||# no-fee apts|
|41 26 73 Street||3|
|73 02 Roosevelt Avenue||1|