Queens Village is a mostly residential and middle class neighborhood in the borough of Queens. From cow pastures to sought after suburbs, the nabe has seen many transformations over the years, including a few name changes along the way.
Queens Village is bounded by Hollis to the west, Cambria Heights to the south, Bellerose to the east and Oakland Gardens to the north. It’s also one of the easterly neighborhoods of Queens that borders Long Island’s Nassau County.
Considered one of the oldest settlements on Long Island, Queens Village was settled in 1640 by English immigrants arriving from Connecticut. Cattle pastures and small farms soon populated the land and the area was eventually called Little Plains. In 1824 the name was changed to Brushville after blacksmith Thomas Brush, who profited from his blacksmith operations, opened more shops and a factory. The railway arrived in 1837 and transformed the area even more. In 1856, residents voted to change the neighborhood name from Brushville to Queens. The neighborhood name of Queens Village became official some time in the early 1900’s.
Queens experienced a housing boom in the 1920’s when Manhattan residents left the city in search of less crowded living conditions. New construction, especially Dutch Colonial and Tudor-style homes, were built to meet the housing demands. As you walk through the streets of Queens Village you’ll notice the many homes in this architectural style.
You won’t find too many subways in this neck of the woods. Commuters heading into Manhattan use the Long Island Railroad. MTA bus lines also service the neighborhood.
Housing stock in Queens Village consists of single-family and two-family homes on small lots There are also a few co-ops and apartment buildings too. The average listed price in Queens Village is $281k and the median listed price is $282k.
The commercial artery is along Jamaica, Hillside and Springfield Boulevards. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and bodegas serving Jamaican, Creole, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese food.