In the 19th century, it became the site of blacksmith, who expanded much of the town with his fortunes and built a factory that attracted workers. The area became known as Brushville, and in 1837 the railroad arrived. At one point the developing community was known as both “Queens” and “Inglewood”, but the name Queens Village stuck after Queens County became incorporated as part of the City of Greater New York. The railroad station, which had been called “Queens Station”, was deemed too ambiguous and the word “Village” was tacked onto it in 1923. The neighborhood was soon known by the same name.
Unlike several developing parts of eastern Queens, the Village has retained a large number of its original Dutch Colonial and Tudor homes built during the Roaring Twenties. The community is far removed from metropolitan New York and the more urban parts of eastern Queens, so it has the look, feel, and vibe of a Nassau County town. That being said, it retains the overall diversity of a Queens neighborhood, with a large Hispanic population (Caribbean American), as well as a smaller Asian and Russian presence. Queens Village, along with Woodside, are both known as Filipino-American enclaves. The Village was also formerly home to a large Jewish community which has since moved to other neighborhoods in Queens like Forest Hills and Kew Gardens. Popular restaurants in the bucolic area include Century Super Buffet (Chinese), Cara Mia (Italian), Le Bon Pain Bakery, and Prima Pizza.
Queens Village is served by 12 schools, including Martin Van Buren High School. A number of large parks and small playgrounds are within driving distance, including Cunningham Park and Alley Pond Park. Directly east of the neighborhood is the famous Belmont Park Racetrack. Two hospitals, St. Albans and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, are within 5-10 minutes by car.
Queens Village is a residential middle class neighborhood in the easternmost part of Queens county that borders Hollis to the west, Holliswood to the northwest, Oakland Gardens, Fresh Meadows, and Bellaire to the north, and Elmont and Floral Park to the west. Several of these neighborhoods, including Bellaire, Elmont, and Floral Park are all within Nassau County.
There is no subway service to Queens Village, but many different buses, both New York City and Nassau Inter-County Express, serve the community. The Q1, Q2, Q27, Q36, Q43, Q46, Q77, Q83, Q88, Q110 and X68 run in Queens County, while the n1, n6, n22L, n22A, n24, and n26 buses run into Nassau. Major throughways include Hillside Ave, Francis Lewis Blvd, Central Pkwy, and the Cross Island Pkwy.
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