Based on available residential space, Glen Oaks is perhaps one of the smallest neighborhoods in Queens.
It is a middle class community wedged between Grand Central Pkwy, Cross Island Pkwy, Union Tpke, and Lakeville Rd, and borders Little Neck to the north, Hollis Hills to the west, North New Hyde Park to the east, and New Hyde Park to the south.
Hilis is a nominal .7 square miles in size, although almost half of that space is divided up between the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, the Frank Padavan Campus, the Queens County Farm Museum’s acreage, and undeveloped land northeast of the Medical Center, making Glen Oaks a “true” .3 square miles. This is reflected in the neighborhood’s head count of 6500, which makes it the smallest neighborhood in Queens by population. Most of Glen Oaks’ residents live in the large garden apartment complex called Glen Oaks Village, which includes the North Shore Towers and country club.
The northern side of Glen Oaks boasts an impressive line of hills from the last glacial period that are actually the highest point in Queens (only 258.2 feet above sea level). Nearby parks include Alley Pond Park, Clinton G Martin Park, and William T. Gunn Park. A number of golf clubs and country clubs are to the north of the community on the other side of Grand Central Pkwy. Tenney Park, on one end of the Jewish Medical Center, is a community park within a traffic circle that is within walking distance from Glen Oaks Village. The only “restaurants” within the area are A J Gourmet Food and an Au Bon Pain.
Two public elementary schools are available to the small community, and the recently constructed Frank A Padavan Campus houses the High School of Teaching and two other public elementary schools, making the area a suitable location for families with small children. The Glen Oaks branch of the Queens Library is in Floral Park as well. The Queens County Farm Museum is on the northern edge of the community.
The Kew Gardens subway station is reachable from Glen Oaks by way of the Q46 bus. Other buses that stop in the neighborhood include the part-time Q36, which connects to the 179th St eastern terminus of the F train, as well as the QM5 and QM6 express to Midtown Manhattan. The Long Island Rail Road makes stops at the Little Neck Station to the north of the neighborhood and at the Floral Park Station to the south.
Local Subway Stops
- E F Jamaica - 179 St
- E F 169 St
- E F Parsons Blvd
- E J Jamaica Center - Parsons/Archer
- E J Sutphin Blvd - Archer Av - JFK Airport
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Glen Oaks Statistics
- 38% Condo or Co-Op Building
- 25% Elevator/Laundry Building
- 25% Luxury Highrise
- 13% Private House
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