Pomonok is a very small (0.4 square miles) lower middle class neighborhood in northern Queens that is a neighborhood within a neighborhood - specifically, a part of South Flushing in Flushing.
It is bordered to the north by Flushing and Murray Hill, to the east by Kew Gardens Hills (of which it is also technically a part), to the south by Hillcrest, and to the east by Fresh Meadows.
Despite its Native American name, Pomonok is one of the newest neighborhoods in Queens. It was developed in 1949 on the former site of the Pomonok Country Club to accommodate burgeoning Flushing. The name “Pomonok” means “land of tribute”, or “land where there is travelling by water.” The reason the developer chose this specific name is uncertain.
Pomonok distinguishes itself from the rest of Flushing due to its modern-day demographics. Unlike Flushing, East Flushing, downtown Flushing, South Flushing, etc., Pomonok is still 45% white. Like the rest of Flushing, it has experienced a major influx of Asian immigrants in recent decades, but the current Asian presence is less than 25%. Pomonok also has a large Black and Hispanic community (around 15-20% each). Based on these four broad categories, Pomonok is actually one of the most well-balanced neighborhoods in Queens. In even the most diverse Queens neighborhoods (like Elmhurst, for example), at least one or more of these four major categories is usually underrepresented.
The reason for Pomonok’s integration may be a simple one - it is a very convenient location for drivers, and a number of nearby family amenities adds to its residential appeal. Within 10 minutes by car both the Queens College campus and St. John’s University main campus can be reached, and the community is in the very center of the horseshoe of parks that include Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Kissena Corridor Park, Kissena Park, and Cunningham Park.
Each park also comes with its own attractions. Both Flushing Meadows and Kissena have golf courses, while Kissena Corridor houses the Queens Botanical Garden. The Cunningham Sports Center is nearby, and Citi Field (home of the Mets) is at the northern end of Flushing Meadows. There are a number of small playgrounds dotting nearby neighborhoods, as well as a few within Pomonok itself, and the Queens Hospital Cancer Center is within walking distance to the south. Popular restaurants include The Oneness-Fountain-Heart (vegetarian), Puerto Madero Steakhouse, Gino’s Pizzeria, and the Queens Health Emporium, a large supermarket.
Both the MTA subway and the LIRR are in nearby Flushing, but are only reachable by car or bus. Buses that serve Pomonok include the Q12, Q13, Q15, Q16, Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q27, Q34, Q44, Q48, Q66, and Q50. the QM4 runs to Midtown as well. Major thoroughfares include Whitestone Expy (which runs north into the Bronx), the Van Wyck Expy to John F. Kennedy Airport, and the Grand Central Pkwy to LaGuardia Airport. Other major roads are Main St, the busiest commercial street in Flushing.
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