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City Living: Queens Village
If you ask residents what life is like in Queens Village, many say it is quiet and welcoming. Neighbors in the residential nabe in eastern Queens know one another by name.
Akin to a rural town, it has one centrally located train stop, the Queens Village LIRR station, from which you can get to Penn Station in a half-hour. But by car it’s easily accessible via the Clearview Expressway and the Grand Central and Cross Island parkways.
According to nycgovparks.org, the Jameco or Yamecah, a Native American tribe of the Algonquin nation, originally occupied the land later known in colonial times as “Little Plains.” It was named Brushville in the 18th century and in 1923 was renamed Queens Village, by the LIRR Road, to differentiate the stop from the county of Queens.
The area is home to Veterans Plaza, at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, which honors the millions of soldiers killed and injured in World War I.
Queens Village is appealing to renters and homebuyers because it offers sizable properties. Made up mostly of independent retailers, Queens Village also has a thriving business district along Jamaica Avenue, in addition to stores on Hempstead Avenue and Springfield Boulevard.
Although, in the last 10 years locals saw businesses close and banks move out, “banks are coming back and that brings back small business,” observed Mohamood Ishmael, a 28-year Queens Village resident who has served as president of the Queens Village Civic Association for the last three years.
The people recently moving into this already ethnically diverse area are mainly Haitians, Latinos and immigrants from India, Ishmael said, adding that the northern part of the nabe is mostly white and the southern part is predominantly black. But locals say the cultures exist harmoniously. -- BY SYLVESTER ARENAS
Need to know
Queens Village, on the eastern edge of Queens, is bordered to the north by Hillside and Braddock avenues; to the east by Gettysburg Street, 225th Street, and the Cross Island Parkway; to the south by Murdock, 114th and 115th avenues; and to the west by Francis Lewis Boulevard. More »
The LIRR gets you to Penn Station in 30 minutes from the Queens Village stop. Or you can jump on the Grand Central or Cross Island parkways to get around. Buses: Q1, Q27/Q27LTD, Q36/Q36LTD, Q43/Q43LTD, Q83/Q83LTD, Q68, Q88, N24, X68 More »
Queens Library, Queens Village, 94-11 217th St., 718-776-6800 More »
Queens Village is patrolled by the 105th Precinct. Compared with the week of Oct. 7-13 in 2012, the area showed a 57.1% drop in murders, a 53.3% drop in rapes and a 7.5% drop in burglaries at the same time in 2013. More »
St. Best Jerk Spot
This popular takeout spot offers great country-style Jamaican food.
This Filipino restaurant is a hidden jewel, whose motto is we’re all “One big family.”
This family-style restaurant serves classic Caribbean dishes.
At this full-service bar you can order West Indian rum -- and green shots on St. Patrick’s Day.
Including the Portuguese Vinho do Porto, a sweet red wine, they serve up a range of liquors and beers that won’t break your budget.
Meet with your friends for exotic drinks, like a Samoan Martini, have a glass of red wine outside in a romantic Italian setting or celebrate any special occasion with champagne.
For You Beauty
This super supply beauty store, in the Village Plaza Mall, has a large inventory of the best beauty products.
Wear 2 Care
A staple in this nabe for more than 26 years, this unique boutique carries shoes, accessories and scrubs at “budget prices.”
Shotokan Karate Studio of Self-Defense
This Gracie Certified Jiu Jitsu training center is small but packs a big punch. It also offers a “BullyProof” training program for kids.
Dance Studio A
A modern dance school with a skilled and pleasant staff.
Mainline Pro Sound & Video
These guys “Live the Culture,” as they celebrate their 25th year selling the latest in sound, lighting and video gear. Wanna be a DJ? They’ll teach you!