NFT New York Bayside


Bayside, situated along Little Neck Bay, brings together the suburban charm of Long Island to the east with the bustle of ethnically diverse Queens to the west. The hulking suspension bridges and expressways that course through the area obscure the neighborhood's pastoral past, though if you get out of your car and walk around you'll appreciate the area's quiet charm.

Abraham Bell, for whom Bell Boulevard is named, bought up hundreds of acres of land around Bayside in 1824, and the expansion in the 1860s of what eventually became the Long Island Rail Road helped open up the area even more. Like many waterfront spots around Queens, the shores of Bayside were once dotted with mansions and summer homes for fat cats and rich folk. Thankfully, the Cross Island Parkway took care of that when it was built in the 1930s. Today, Bayside is home to a growing Asian population, and its single-family homes and above-average schools are among the most sought after in the city.

The older parts of Bayside are centered around the LIRR station at Bell Boulevard near 41st Avenue and stretch out toward Little Neck Bay to the east. If you squint, parts of this area don't look anything at all like the Queens you know - - the 19th century structures and leafy streets look more like the small town Bayside once was. Bell Boulevard, with its Long Island-like restaurants and bars, retains the small-town scale of the neighborhood, though the neighbors sometimes decry the supercharged weekend singles scene along this stretch of the thoroughfare. The See more.

>Bayside Theatre, now carved up into a motley collection of stores, was once the big single screen on the main drag. Other shops and storefronts make Bell Boulevard one of the more lively corridors in Queens, along the lines of Forest Hills' Austin Street or to a lesser extent, Vernon Boulevard in Hunter's Point.

Northern Boulevard connects Bayside with Flushing to the west and Nassau County to the east, and Flushing's Korean businesses have pushed farther into Queens along Northern. South of Northern Boulevard lies Bayside Hills, a manicured collection of two-story single family homes that dates to 1936, when planning for the Cross Island Parkway was well underway. The parkways and expressways that box in Bayside were built in the 1930s and 1940s when the area really took off, giving it its suburban feel you see today. The main parks in the area, including Crocheron Park, were built during this era of Bayside's growth, and the recreational strip along the Cross Island Parkway known as Joe Michaels Mile was developed alongside the construction of the Cross Island Parkway. The Bayside Marina affords the nautically inclined a spot from which to explore the bay and Long Island Sound. Near the Cross Island lies Oakland Lake, a glacial kettle pond that was restored to its near-original condition in the late 1980s.

To the north of the LIRR tracks and the Bell Boulevard commercial strip sits Bay Terrace, a collection of cooperative apartment developments and semi-detached homes. The Bay Terrace Shopping Center brings all the necessities of suburban life to the Bayside area: a Loews multiplex, Outback Steakhouse, Barnes & Noble bookstore and, of course, Chico's!

Bayside's nightlife is clustered around Bell Boulevard. Lay low at Brian Dempsey's Ale House or Donovan's, or go big and mount the bull at Johnny Famous. Alternatively, try your hand with Queens' single ladies at Lucky's of Bayside, or knock balls in the hole at Cue Bar.

Uncle Jack's Steakhouse (the original location) is a tasty splurge. Papazzio and Erawan are both solid Italian and Thai options, respectively. Check out Pelagos Seafood Tavern for Greek-style grilled fish. For Korean, Guh Song is highly regarded and the Thai-French fusion Bonne Saison on Bell Boulevard is inventive.

Bayside Meat Market is a top-notch Korean meat market. Breakdown Records is unaccountably still in existence, but thank god for that. Visit Love My Shoes in the former movie house on Bell. And the pound cake at Martha's Country Bakery lends some, uh, gravitas to Bell Boulevard's foodie scene.


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