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Bayside, New York

Neighborhoods of New York City
Country United States
State New York
County Queens
Named for Place name of the Native American Lenape
Population (2010)
 • Total 83,100
 • White 47.9%
 • Black 3.9%
 • Hispanic 12.7%
 • Asian 35.4%
 • American Indian 0.1%
 • Median income $95,114
ZIP code 11360, 11361, 11364
Area code(s) 718, 347, 917,646

Bayside is an upper middle class neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. When analyzing comparable detached homes throughout the United States, CNN Money ranked Bayside as one of the most expensive housing markets nationally.[1] Despite its large housing stock of free-standing homes, it nationally ranks high to very high in population density.[2][3][4] These homes give the neighborhood a similar feel to other wealthy Queens neighborhoods such as Douglaston and Little Neck. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 11.[5]


Bayside's history dates back to 2000 B.C., when the Matinecock Native American tribe first settled there. In the late 17th century, the area was settled by English colonists. By the middle of the 18th century, early settlers left their homes in Flushing and developed a farming community, Bay Side. During the Revolutionary War, the Bayside-Little Neck area suffered from raids by whaleboatmen from the Connecticut shores. In the 19th century Bayside was still mostly farmland. Middle 20th century urban sprawl in New York City, with the help of more convenient and accessible transportation, led to its development.

During the 1920s, many actors and actresses, such as Rudolph Valentino, lived in Bayside. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century Bayside saw an influx of people associated with the theater and movie industries. The town was then established as a colony for stage and screen stars. When rumors ran rampant through the acting community that Bayside would be the location of a new movie and production studio, many actors, of both sexes, purchased homes in anticipation of an easy commute to the studio. However, this rumored studio never materialized. When Hollywood emerged as the capital of the movie industry during the 1920s, many actors left Bayside to pursue careers in California.[6]

Bayside was the site of a murder by Peter Hains, a prominent army officer, abetted by his brother, sea novelist Thornton Jenkins Hains, who gunned down prominent editor William Annis at his yacht club. The so-called "Regatta Murder" led to a widely publicized trial at the Flushing County Courthouse. Peter Hains was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years at Sing Sing, while Thornton Hains was acquitted.[7]

Organized crime

Bayside remains one of the safest and wealthiest neighborhoods in the borough of Queens. However, Bayside has been setting to several organized crime incidents.

Michael Pappadio, of Bayside, was a mobster who worked for the Lucchese crime family in secrecy from his wife. He managed the Lucchese family’s interests in the Garment District of Manhattan. In 1989, upon a falling out with his superiors, he was murdered at an outer-borough bagel shop called the Crown Bagel. His wife subsequently reported Michael as missing. Three years later the FBI presented her with information about his death and his life in organized crime.[8][9]

In April 2002, Gambino crime family associate Darren D’Amico was shot in the leg outside of the Cafe on the Green restaurant in Bayside. It is speculated that Bonanno crime family associate Randolph Pizzolo was responsible for the crime. He was subsequently murdered on a hit called by Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano. Basciano is now serving life in prison without parole.[10][11][12][13]

Location, boundaries, and transportation

Bayside is bordered by the Bronx to the north across the Long Island Sound and Douglas Manor across the Little Neck Bay. The eastern land border is the Cross Island Parkway and Douglaston; the western is Francis Lewis Boulevard/Utopia Parkway and Auburndale; the southern is Long Island Expressway and Oakland Gardens. The neighborhood of Bayside Hills is itself a newer subdivision within Bayside.

Bay Terrace is a garden apartment community located in the north section of the neighborhood; an adjacent open-air shopping center was named after the community. The northern section of Bay Terrace also has a view of the Throgs Neck Bridge, which leads to The Bronx.

Bayside's major highways include the Long Island Expressway, Clearview Expressway, and the Cross Island Parkway. The north end of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway is in Little Bay Park, under the Throgs Neck Bridge approaches, with convenient connection to the Utopia Parkway bicycle lane. It lies between Cross Island Parkway and Little Neck Bay, connecting Bayside to Douglaston, Queens and Alley Pond Park, and eventually to central Queens and Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Bayside is connected to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan, other areas of Queens, and Long Island by the Long Island Rail Road's Port Washington Branch at the Bayside station. Many also choose to take the 7 train of the New York City subway service in nearby Flushing.

As the MTA is extending the 7 <7> routes of the IRT Flushing Line from Queens and deeper into Manhattan, the 2012 fiscal year Community District Needs of Queens report suggests extending the line eastward in order to relieve congestion in Downtown Flushing. The report states: "It's time for residents and businesses of East Flushing, Bayside, and maybe some parts of Douglaston to share in freeing Downtown Flushing from this growing problem."[14]

Francis Lewis Boulevard is a major street notorious for drag racing, which resulted in several fatalities to drivers and pedestrians over the years.[15]

Bayside Gables

Bayside Gables is a privately owned gated community located near the Bay Terrace shopping center and the Little Neck Bay. Arguably one of the wealthiest areas in Queens (along with Malba, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, and Douglaston Manor), homes in this community can sell for as high as $1.5- to $4-million dollars.

Bayside Hills

Bayside Hills is a subdivision of Bayside's south side, bordered by 48th Ave to the north, the Long Island Expressway to the south, 211th Street to the west, and Springfield Boulevard on the east. The homes in Bayside Hills have more value and are more upscale, many of which were built by Gross Morton.[16]

Bayside Hills is known for its thirty-three street malls and accents, especially the gatehouse (Bell Boulevard at 48th street), gateposts (48th Avenue from 216th Street) and Bayside Hills Street Clock (Bell Boulevard and 214th Street).[17] The Victorian style street clock sits upon the Leo Green Clock Mall, dedicated to the local civic activist. Further east, Captain William C Dermody Triangle Park (48 Avenue and 216 Street) memorializes Dermody's abolitionism and service in the Civil War, leading him to be mortally wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.[18] Much of the public green space is maintained by the NYC Parks Department and the Bayside Hills Civic Association.

The zip code 11364 is shared with Oakland Gardens, Queens


Local data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (based on samples from 2005 to 2009) shows that the demographics of Bayside changes significantly from area to area. For example the pocket bordered by the Clearview Expressway to the west, Northern Boulevard to the north, Bell Boulevard to the east, and 48th avenue to the south is 40% Asian, 26% Black, 21% Hispanic, and 13% White. Other areas can be up to 71% majority White, mostly inhabited by those of Italian, Greek, and Irish descent.[19]

As of the 2000 Census, Whites made up 65.6% of Bayside's population. Of people from this group, Italian Americans, Irish Americans, and Greek Americans were the largest ethnic groups representing 17.6, 12.4, and 7.3% of the population respectively. German Americans made up 6.7% of the population while Polish Americans were 3.5% of the populace. In addition there is a large Asian American population, as well. Around the mid-1990s, a significant number of Korean families began moving into the area. As of the 2000 Census, Asian Americans made up a significant 22.7% of the neighborhood's population, most of which were Korean Americans, who made up 10.4% of the population and Chinese Americans, who made up 9.2% of the populace. There is a small African American community representing 4.5% of Bayside's population. American Indians made up a mere 0.2% of the neighborhood's population. Pacific Islander Americans were almost nonexistent in the neighborhood as there were only seven individuals of this ethnic group residing in Bayside at the 2000 Census. Multiracial individuals made up 3.2% of the population. Hispanics or Latinos made up 11.8% of Bayside's population with a small Puerto Rican population representing 2.6% of the neighborhood's population. In terms of nativity, 65.6% of the populace was native and 34.4% was foreign-born. In terms of language, 52.9% of the population aged 5 years and over spoke only the English language at home with the remaining 47.1% speaking a language other than English. Due to the large Hispanic community, 10.4% of Bayside's population spoke the Spanish language at home. Also, due to a large community of foreign-born European Americans, 15.2% speak an Indo-European language other than Spanish at home. And in part of the significant Asian American community, 20.7% of the population speak an Asian language at home. The northern part of Bayside, including Bay Terrace, has a large concentration of European Americans, particularly people of Italian heritage. The southern and eastern portions of Bayside have a more ethnically diverse population.

Bayside contains 11,439 housing units. The majority of Bayside's residents are part of family households representing 67.0% of all households with an average household size of 2.59. The median age of Bayside's residents is 38.3 years and 15.0% of residents are over 65 years of age. 83.8% of residents age 25 and over have at least graduated from high school, while 35.0% have a bachelor's degree or higher, making Bayside a more educated community than other American communities.[20][21]

As of the 2010 Census, Bayside was 47.9% White, 3.9% Black, 12.7% Hispanic, 35.4% Asian, and 0.1% American Indian.

The median household income in 2010 was $72,114.[22]



Bayside is home to Queensborough Community College, a branch of the City University of New York (CUNY) system.[23]

Bayside is part of the New York City Department of Education's district 26, the highest performing school district for grades K-9 in all of New York City. The district includes 20 elementary schools and 5 middle schools.[24]

Bayside is home to a number of New York City high schools:

and parochial schools:

  • Bell Academy Public Middle School
  • The Lutheran School of Flushing & Bayside Lutheran school
  • St. Robert Bellarmine School Catholic School
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School Catholic School
  • Sacred Heart School Catholic School


Queens Borough Public Library operates the Bayside and Bay Terrace Branches.

Youth sports

Bayside is home to some successful organized baseball leagues, such as the Bayside Little League and the Bayside Yankees Travel Baseball organization. Bayside Little League is one of the largest little leagues in Queens, with about 1000 children of all ages participating in the league. The Bayside Raiders Football Program is also located in Bayside.



  • Lawrence Cemetery - 216th Street & 42nd Avenue.[25]
  • Fort Totten, New York - A fort built during the Civil War to guard the north entrance to New York Harbor, along with Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, in 1862.
  • Straiton-Storm Cigar Factory - Built c. 1872, The factory was the largest cigar manufacturer in America. The three story, wood frame building was of the French Second Empire style. After a large warehouse fire in late 1976, this factory has been refurbished to its original state.
  • All Saints Episcopal Church - The first church in Bayside, built in 1892, contains examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany's work.
  • Cornell-Appleton house at 214-33 33rd Road. Archibald Cornell's wife inherited the 100-acre (0.40 km2) farm from her father more than 160 years ago. This twelve-room house is thought to be one of the oldest in Bayside. With past and continuing research, it has been traced back to 1852. In 1905, the house was sold to Edward Dale Appleton, of the Appleton Publishing Company. Mrs. Appleton and her sister were passengers aboard the RMS Titanic when it hit an iceberg and sank. Both women were rescued by the ship Carpathia. This is the second-oldest home in Queens.
  • Corbett House, 221-04 Corbett Rd., the home of world champion boxer "Gentlemen Jim" Corbett from 1902 until his death in 1933, and of his widow Vera until her death in 1959.
  • 38-39 214th Place, home of Charles Johnson Post (1873–1956), government official, artist, and political cartoonist whose posthumously published The Little War of Private Post (1960) is one of the classic accounts of the Spanish-American War of 1898.
  • 35-25 223rd Street, home of actor W. C. Fields.
  • "Authors House", the attached two family house with the double addresses of 46-02 215th Street and 214-30 46th Avenue, that has been the home of more authors than any other building in Bayside.
  • Gloria Swanson's home, 216-07 40th Ave, Home of famed silent film actress Gloria Swanson.
  • Rudolph Valentino's Home, 201-10 Cross Island Parkway, a former residence of Rudolph Valentino, an Italian actor, sex symbol, and early pop icon. It was also once home to Fiorello Henry La Guardia, Mayor of New York 1934-1945. In 1993, The building was converted into a two floor restaurant/banquet hall named Cafe on the Green. The popular eatery shut down in January 2009 when the city Parks Department forced out the former operators amid reports of mob ties and sloppy finances. The site’s new concessionaire, Friendship Restaurant Group, began a $4 million renovation project February 1, 2009. The new restaurant, Valentino's on the Green, opened September 8, 2010.

In media

  • The starring characters of the HBO series Entourage are originally from Bayside.[episode needed]
  • The character George Costanza from the TV series Seinfeld mentions in the episode The Strike that his family was from Bayside (until they were driven out because of their belief in Festivus).
  • The movie Sally of the Sawdust (1925) was filmed in Bayside.[26]
  • Bayside is featured on a 1997 episode of NYPD Blue titled "Taillight's last Gleaming". NYPD Lieutenant Arthur Fancy is pulled over driving through Bayside with his wife, by two NYPD officers assigned to a Bayside Precinct, for reasons that appear to be racially motivated. Fancy then has the senior officer transferred out of his predominantly white precinct in Bayside to a predominantly black precinct in Brooklyn North as punishment.
  • The movie Frequency is set in Bayside Queens. Dennis Quaid's character brags that he is from "Bayside, Queens, born and bred!".
  • The character Adrian Cronauer played by Robin Williams in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam is from Bayside, Queens. When asked "What are Queens" Cronauer responds: "Tall thin men who like show tunes"
  • The movie "Pride and Glory had several scenes filmed in Bayside, including the family dinner set in Edward Norton's father's house.

Notable people


External links

New York City portal
  • Bayside Historical Society
  • Queens Tribune - publication for neighborhoods of northeastern Queens
  • Bayside Times
  • About Bayside
  • Blog detailing Bayside Politics
  • Forgotten New York: Bayside
  • Forgotten New York: Bayside Hills

Coordinates: 40°46′6″N 73°46′37″W / 40.76833°N 73.77694°W / 40.76833; -73.77694

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