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The name “Whitestone” comes from the white limestone that lines the shore, and was given to the area by Dutch settlers in the early 17th century.Read more about Whitestone
It is historically associated with the estate of Francis Lewis, a famous delegate of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence. After Lewis’s time Whitestone became known as Clintonville, after former Governor of New York Dewitt Clinton. In the 19th century mansions were built in the area by wealthy Manhattanites, and rapid development was encouraged by LIRR service (which was discontinued in the 1950s and replaced by the Whitestone Expy) and the building of the Bronx Whitestone Bridge.
Today, Whitestone is an upper class neighborhood that has a large Italian American, Irish American, Greek, and Croatian community. Like neighboring Bayside, it also has a growing Asian American population. Also like Bayside and Flushing, Whitestone was an important location for pre-Hollywood 20th century cinema. Landmarks include Rudolph Valentino’s summer home in nearby Beechhurst, as well as Arthur Hammerstein’s 15-room mansion. Walt Whitman once taught at what is now P.S.30. Famous residents include Ronnie the Limo Driver, Christopher Higgins, Mike Baxter, and John Cena. Two famous companies, Lee Kum Kee and Glaceau, operate out of Whitestone. Popular restaurants are Exo (Greek), Patsy’s Pizzeria, Whitestone Bagels Factory, Mediterranean Grill, and Omani.
Public transportation to Whitestone is available only by New York City Bus service on the Q16, Q20B, Q44, Q34, Q76, Q15, Q15A, Q50, QM2, and QM20 lines. The QM2 and QM20 both run to Manhattan. The Flushing--Main Street 7 terminus is within driving distance. Major roads include Whitestone Expy, Cross Island Pkwy, and the Bronx Whitestone Bridge.
Whitestone is an upper class neighborhood in northeastern Queens that borders Beechurst to the north, College Point to the west, Flushing to the south, and Bay Terrace to the east. Along with College Point, Beechurst, and Bay Terrace, Whitestone is in the northernmost part of Queens county, bounded on three sides by Flushing Bay, the East River, and Little Neck Bay.