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You may know Whitestone as the namesake of a certain bridge that carries Westchester residents to the airport, but it is an actual neighborhood as well. Linked to the rest of civilization by the infrequent Q14 and somewhat less infrequent Q15 buses and callously bisected by the Cross Island Parkway, Whitestone feels like even more of an outpost than neighboring College Point. But despite being hard to reach without a car, Whitestone has its charms, including quiet old neighborhoods, stunning views of the two big bridges that hem in its north shore and cool views of the Midtown Manhattan skyline from the tops of its bluffs.

Whitestone began as a farming community, then took off as a spot for light industry in the 1800s when a working-class population settled there. Manhattan fat cats built summer homes in Whitestone in the late 19th century, and the highways brought further suburbanization in the first half of the 20th century. Beechhurst, a subsection of Whitestone nestled next to the See more.

>Throgs Neck Bridge started as a housing development in the early 1900s. The 28-acre LeHavre on the Water development in Beechhurst, dating to 1958 and consisting of 32 nine-story apartment buildings, was conceived of by Alfred Levitt, brother of William "Levittown" Levitt and partner in the family business that suburbanized the United States.

Bowne Park, on the Flushing end of Whitestone, was the site of the former summer home of Walter Bowne, New York City mayor from 1829 to 1833, and descendant of one of Queens' earliest families. The homes in Whitestone get sillier and more Sopranos-like the closer you get to the water (in fact, a Whitestone bar - - what is now Thistle & Shamrock - - was used for a location shot for the HBO show . . . and Drea de Matteo is from Whitestone!), but vast stretches of Whitestone, including the mass of residential Queens south of the Cross Island Parkway and around Bowne Park are modest and tree lined.

Truth be told, most of the good spuzz in Whitestone is north of the Cross Island Parkway. The St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church is just wacky - - the AIA Guide to New York City calls it a "psychedelic fantasy." Whitestone's not insignificant Greek population is served at the sprawling Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Whitestone complex, up on 150th Street at 12th Avenue. A walkable shopping corridor is centered around 150th Street and 14th Avenue. Whatever cool old homes left in the neighborhood - - and there are many - - are up along the waterfront. And about that waterfront, there are two pretty kick-ass bridges to the east and west. The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge flies right over your head at Francis Lewis Park - - get DUWBO there if you're so inclined. And following the waterfront paths underneath the Throgs Neck Bridge takes you up to the edge of Fort Totten, which has been recently repurposed as a public park and educational site sometime after it was turned over to the City by the Department of Defense in 1987. At the intersection of the Throgs Neck Bridge and Clearview Expressway lies the Clearview Golf Course. Fore!

Whitestone tends to be locals only not because it's unwelcoming but rather because there's nothing really worth the trip. Local spots such as Stone Tavern and End Zone fit the bill. 14 Below Bar & Lounge spins DJ stuff in lounge-y new surroundings. Live bands play at Thistle & Shamrock.

Locals appreciate the sandwiches at Cherry Valley Deli. The Italian dishes (and especially the housemade pastas) at Vesuvio of Whitestone draw raves.  Elsewhere, Takara Sushi serves up that particular necessity of modern urban life and you can't go wrong with the Whitestone branch of College Point's Cascarino's Pizzeria.

Longtime food specialty stores Cascon Cheesecake, Irene and Sal's Bakery, and Stork's Pastry Shop all deserve a special trip. Meanwhile, La Dolce Via serves fancy gelato, Bridge 51 is a sneaker boutique (no kidding!) and Little Cakes, opened in 2009 by a Wall Street refugee, sells cupcakes.


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