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City Living: Woodhaven
Easily accessible by the J train, the working/ middle-class neighborhood of Woodhaven offers Victorian homes, quaint row houses, tree-lined streets and a well-loved gem — Forest Park, the sprawling 500-acre-plus green space extending from Woodhaven to neighboring Glendale.
It’s both a quiet and busy neighborhood with sleepy blocks, bustling pieces of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard and a number of establishments hailing from eras past that preserve its history.
“Woodhaven is sometimes referred to as a haven in the city, which I think is a fitting nickname because I’ve never felt too far from nature, and I don’t feel the bustle people usually associate with New York,” said Alex Blenkinsopp, a lifelong resident, Community Board 9 member and director of communications for the Woodhaven Residents Block Association (WRBA).
The neighborhood’s transportation options make it easy to get to downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn or other parts of Queens.
And many residents take advantage of Forest Park, which offers running tracks, playgrounds, a carousel that was recently given landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, a dog run, a golf course and tennis courts.
“It’s a fantastic backyard to have,” said WRBA president Ed Wendell.
--By LISA FRASER
Need To Know
Woodhaven is surrounded by the neighborhoods of Cypress Hills, Glendale, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park. It runs from Eldert Lane and Dexter Court in the west to 100th Street and the abandoned LIRR tracks in the east. To the south, it stretches from Atlantic Avenue up to Park Lane South and through Forest Park, where it ends in the north at Myrtle Avenue. More »
J train to 104th Street, Woodhaven Blvd., 85th Street-Forest Parkway and 75th Street More »
Queens Library Woodhaven Branch, 8541 Forest Parkway, 718-849-1010 More »
U.S. Post Office, Woodhaven Branch, 8642 Forest Parkway, 718-296-9232 More »
The 102nd Precinct covers the Woodhaven neighborhood. The crimes that decreased the most in the past 20 years include robberies, down to 322 in 2012 compared with 1,238 in 1993, and burglaries, down to 313 in 2012 compared with 1,503 in 1993. More »
Avenue Diner is a well-loved spot offering original wraps, panini, steaks and seafood.
This is the nabe’s go-to Thai restaurant, serving up pad Thai, basil fried rice, coconut chicken soup and lemongrass shrimp soup, among other dishes.
Mama Meena’s Family Restaurant
Mama Meena’s is known for its authentic Filipino food, with dishes ranging from chicken Afritada to Daing Na Bangus, milkfish that is marinated and deep fried.
This Irish bar is another neighborhood favorite where longtime locals mingle and tell “back-in-the-day” stories to newcomers.
More than 180 years old, Neir’s Tavern is one of the oldest bars in New York. It’s known as the first bar where singer and actress Mae West performed.
This 88-year-old candy shop aims to satisfy any sweet tooth with handcrafted and hand-dipped chocolates and old-fashioned jar candy, among other treats.
Woodhaven Sporting Goods Range
It is known as the largest indoor range in New York City and offers classes to security guards, police officers and civilians. Some classes include hunter safety and archery safety.