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.
Its 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 Ive never felt too far from nature, and I dont 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 neighborhoods 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.
Its a fantastic backyard to have, said WRBA president Ed Wendell.
--By LISA FRASER
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 Q11, Q21, Q24, Q52, Q53, Q56 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 »