07/02/15 12:00pm


This four-bedroom, two-bathroom rental is over a three-story house in Douglaston/Little Neck. The first floor has a very spacious living room with a fireplace, the dining room, and the kitchen which has new appliances. There are three bedrooms and one full bath on the second floor, and the fourth bedroom is in the finished attic on the third floor. The basement is finished too and has a washer and dryer.

The Douglaston LIRR station is a five-minute drive or an 18-minute walk away from the house. There’s a Super Stop & Shop, public library, and dining options about a ten-minute walk away. There are also public schools in the area. The monthly rent is $3,500. Click through for more photos.

47-45 245th Street [Laffey Fine Homes] GMAP (more…)

06/04/15 9:45am


One of the many Memorial Day parades held in New York City, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, instituted in 1927, has grown to become the nation’s largest. In any year, you can usually find New York City’s contingent of Congress members, the New York State governor, New York City mayor, and at least one of the state’s two senators.

The parade actually begins in Great Neck, and spans two municipalities in two counties. A reviewer on Northern Boulevard can expect a full hour and a half of pageantry by sticking to the same (preferably shady) spot. For 2015, the parade honored those who served in the Vietnam War on its 50th anniversary. Mounted members of the 1st Regiment of the US Volunteer Cavalry kicked off the procession this year (pictured above). (more…)

05/21/15 1:00pm


The Woodside zip code – 11377 – lost more native sons during the Vietnam War than any other area in the United States. Many other neighborhood residents made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country over the past centuries, and 34 individuals who lived or worked in Woodside died during the Twin Tower terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

On Monday, members of the John V. Daniels VFW Post 2813 will honor veterans by placing a wreath at the flagpole at John Vincent Daniels Square near Roosevelt Avenue and 52nd Street at 11 am. Also, after a 10 am mass, the St. Sebastian War Veterans group will host a parade that kicks off from the St. Sebastian School parking lot at Woodside Avenue and 57th Street.

That’s only part of it. Queens has about 55,000 veteran residents, more than any other borough in New York City. It also hosts the country’s biggest Memorial Day parade (in Little Neck/Douglaston). Here’s a list of local parades scheduled for this weekend. (more…)

04/07/15 9:45am


Today we continue our exploration of the border between Little Neck and Douglaston. When I left off last week, I had just traversed the new shortcut between Little Neck and Douglaston Hills. It’s a short wooden footbridge over a creek running through Udalls Cove Park, a 30-acre salt marsh that effectively delineates the border between the two neighborhoods north of Northern Boulevard. I had chanced upon the former St. Peter’s African Methodist Episcopal Church on Orient Avenue, formerly known as 243rd Street.



04/02/15 9:30am

Little Neck and Douglaston are sister neighborhoods in the far northeast of Queens. The border between what were two tiny towns on the north shore of Long Island in the colonial and postcolonial eras, before they were absorbed into Greater New York along with the rest of Queens in 1898, has long been a puzzlement. Some chroniclers say it’s Marathon Parkway, which stands in for 250th Street. I think that allows way to little territory to Little Neck, however, and you’ll forgive me for being partial: I have been a resident of Little Neck since 2007, and reside an Eli Manning touchdown pass, or Geno Smith interception return, from Nassau County.

Despite the fact that the neighborhoods are adjacent, easy entrance and egress between them has long been difficult. There are only two roads between the two neighborhoods near the shoreline: Northern Boulevard, the mother road of Long Island, and a twisting road running between Douglas Road and Little Neck Parkway called by its residents Sandhill Road in its western section and 39th avenue in its eastern part. The city’s Department of Transportation cannot decide between the two and so has a sign on the Douglaston end calling it “Bayshore Boulevard.” Its eastern end is not on city maps at all and so the city disdains posting a street sign.

I’ve discovered a new way to get to Douglaston from Little Neck, though, and it’s all due to a short wood bridge that the NYC Parks Department built just recently.




03/13/15 12:00pm

335 Forest Road
Broker: Bryce REA Assoc
Price: $969,000
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 pm

2Jamaica Estates
184-25 West Grand Central Parkway
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $899,000
Saturday 3:00 – 5:00 pm

117-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Broker: Fillmore
Price: $695,000
Sunday 3:00 – 4:30 pm

4Forest Hills
67-71 Yellowstone Boulevard
Broker: Century 21
Price: $368,000
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 pm

02/09/15 1:00pm


It’s the most diverse county in the world and the best tourism destination in the United States, so it’s no surprise that Queens is overflowing with wonderful Valentine’s Day activities and bargains. In fact, local chances for romance and fun related to this international holiday are so numerous that they run for more than two weeks and include everything from live music to a “love run,” hotel getaways, and even a blood drive for the do-gooders. Another photo and many more details are on the jump page.


01/23/15 12:00pm

7 Beverly Road
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $2,388,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

2Long Island City
27-28 Thomson Avenue
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $1,399,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

3East Elmhurst
30-38 90th Street
Broker: Exit Realty Success
Price: $678,000
Sunday, 11:00 – 2:00 pm

4Rockaway Beach
221 Beach 80th Street
Broker: Century 21
Price: $249,999
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

01/02/15 12:00pm

221 Arleigh Road
Broker: Little Neck Realty
Price: $2,950,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

2Richmond Hill
102-23 89th Avenue
Broker: Prime Realty
Price: $599,000
Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

3Jackson Heights
34-39 82nd Street
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $410,000
Sunday, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

4Forest Hills
67-50 Thornton Place
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $250,000
Sunday, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

11/14/14 11:00am

A walk through the neighborhoods of the northern part of Queens, College Point, Whitestone, even Bayside, will reward the urban enthusiast with glimpses of the small Long Island North Shore towns they used to be. There are town centers at 14th Avenue and 150th Street in Whitestone, along College Point Boulevard between 14th and 18th Avenue, and Bell Boulevard between Northern Boulevard and 35th Avenue. The spaces between these town centers, once meadows or farmland, have been filled with block after block of one and two-family homes and seem to have been thoroughly “folded” into a uniform Queens fabric: definitely not the dense, urban feel of a Soho or a Park Slope, but not the thoroughly suburban atmosphere of a Levittown or Hicksville. The two “northeasternmost” of Queens’ neighborhoods, Douglaston and Little Neck, however, have a different tone: they somehow seem carved out of the rather exclusive, monied precincts of the Nassau County townships immediately to the east, Great Neck and Manhasset. Both neighborhoods are served by a short shopping strip along Northern Boulevard, and the area’s hilly topography doesn’t lend itself to block upon block of similar-looking ranch houses.

For centuries before the mid-1600s the Matinecock Indians, a branch of the Algonquin, had lived on the peninsula where Douglaston Manor is today as well as lands to the south and east, including today’s Little Neck (a “neck” here meaning a plot of land. The term is also seen in adjoining Great Neck as well as Gravesend Neck in Brooklyn.) Little Neck Bay’s wealth of seafood, including the huge oysters that grew here then, sustained the tribe. In the 1600s, European settlers also turned their attention to the area, not only for the clams but for the harbor, which offered easy access to water traffic. The British and Dutch soon had bartered, or some say swindled, the Matinecocks out of much of their ancestral lands, except for a small portion called Madnan’s Neck (possibly named for settler Ann Heatherton, “Mad Nan” although it could also have been shortened from the Indian name for the area, Menhaden-ock, “place of fish.”) In 1656, Thomas Hicks — of the Hicks family that eventually founded Hicksville — forcibly drove out the “last of the Matinecock” in the Battle of Madnan’s Neck at today’s Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway.