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Douglaston is an neighborhood in Queens with a distinctly suburban character. Located on its own little peninsula, jutting out into the Little Neck Bay of the Long Island Sound. This neighborhood is incredibly distinct, with gorgeous and elegant large homes on fairly large plots of land. This hilly area is one of Queens' most affluent areas, and borders Little Neck (as well as Nassau County) to the east. The neighborhood is situated between the Long Island Expressway and Northern Boulevard, with Bayside to its east, just across the bay. The large homes in Douglaston are of Queen Anne, Victorian, Cape Cod, Tudor, Mediterranean, Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, and ranch style homes. This neighborhood is one of the most suburban sections Queens, let alone in New York City. Douglaston's waterfront is a big attraction for residents, and the village's affluence shows through its local yacht club and focus on sailing. Several greenspaces exist in the area, namely the 635 acre Alley Pond Park which has a creek that flows into Little Neck along the west side of Douglaston. Due to Douglaston's easterly location, it is very isolated from MTA's subway system, however, there are other options for the Douglaston commuter. The Long Island Railroad's Port Washington Line travels through the southern section of this neighborhood, stopping at the Douglaston Station. With the train station's southern position within the neighborhood, it is not within walking distance from most of its citizens. The QM3 express bus can take residents of Douglaston apartments to Manhattan, and three Queens local buses can transport passengers along Northern Boulevard to the Flushing neighborhood, and the number 7 train. The lack of bus lines and train lines through the majority of the neighborhood continues to maintain the beauty, exclusiveness, and quiet atmosphere of this affluent Queens neighborhood.

Little Neck

Little Neck is a small, quaint neighborhood situated at Queens' northeast corner. This suburban-style neighborhood consists of single-family homes, similar to the Nassau County community bordering to the east. The eastern end of Little Neck has rolling hills, creating the quiet streets that many families seek in suburban Queens. The homes and lots vary in sizes, and multi-family apartment buildings are few and far between, yet there are still rental units to be found. There is an abundance of Garden Apartments that take up much of the neighborhood's section south of the Long Island Expressway. And although most rental listings are for single-family homes, Little Neck apartments do exist, with the majority located along Northern Boulevard. Little Neck is surrounded by Douglaston to its north and west, the Nassau County villages of Great Neck, University Gardens, and Lake Success on its eastern side, and Grand Central Parkway as its southern border. Little Neck's main commercial strip is Northern Boulevard, which has just about everything to meet the needs of the residents. From markets, to juice shops, to a variety of restaurants, this street makes for a convenient place to run errands. One of the neighborhood's most popular restaurants is the Peter Luger Steak House, which is actually located in nearby Great Neck. This steakhouse is consistently rated one of New York City's greatest, and Queens locals agree, calling it a great place to have a nice dinner or to celebrate a birthday. This quiet community's suburban charm comes at a small cost: there is no subway access whatsoever. But this should not be a problem for the typical Manhattan commuter living in Little Neck apartments. Rather, there are two stations off the Long Island Rail Road that will take passengers into Midtown Manhattan's Penn Station in as little as thirty minutes during peak hours. But taking the train isn't the only option, as the QM3 express bus begins and terminates in Little Neck. This bus takes just less than an hour to reach Midtown, yet has five convenient stops for pickup within the neighborhood. At the southern end of Little Neck lies the Douglaston Park Golf Course, evidence of the community's suburban nature. If you are looking for a rental, but can't settle for the size of typical NY apartments, then Little Neck should be a place to consider. This is one of the few Queens neighborhoods where front lawns and backyards are the norm.

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Schools

  • Ms 67 L. Pasteur Ms
  • Ps 221 North Hills School
  • Ps 811
  • Ps 94 David D. Porter School
  • Ps 98

Parks

  • Admiral Park
  • Alameda Malls
  • Catharine Turner Richardson Park
  • Challenge Playground
  • Douglaston Park Golf Course
  • Glenwood Landing
  • Louis Pasteur Park
  • Nassau Mall
  • Nassau Mall South
  • Udall's Park Preserve

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