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.
One of the only green spaces in the neighborhood, Wayanda Park offers basketball courts, game tables, picnic benches, handball courts, swings, and other play equipment for kids.
A haunted house complete with live actors, outdoor attractions, and scary mazes throughout all levels of the house is waiting for you. Known as A Haunting in Hollis, this Queens Village House will scare the daylights out of you.
Winchester’s Pub – If you’re looking for a watering hole without the glitz and glamour, try this local establishment. This is one of the oldest bars in the area, and It's full of character and charm. The bar food menu is fantastic too.
What You Might See
Long Island Rail Road tracks. The tracks, an informal village dividing line, are located between 218th Street and Springfield Boulevard. Since opening in 1979, the train tracks have been rebuilt twice and played a vital role in the neighborhood's growth.
What You Don’t Know
One of New York City’s lesser-known museums sits in the middle of Queens Village. The Living Museum in Queens Village is part of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Actual outpatients of the center produce the works of art. Over 100 patients participate in the art program and have exhibited their sculptures, paintings, and other media in the gallery.
What’s In the Future
Much needed infrastructure. Queens Village, Hollis, and other areas of southeast Queens will receive drainage system upgrades to alleviate flooding. The project, which is in various stages of completion, includes building rain gardens and infiltration basins.