|Neighborhoods of New York City|
Little Manila on Roosevelt Avenue
|• Median income||$49,415|
|Area code(s)||718, 347, 917, 929|
Woodside is a middle class and commercial neighborhood in the western portion of the New York City borough of Queens. It is bordered on the south by Maspeth, on the north by Astoria, on the west by Sunnyside and on the east by Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. Some areas are widely residential and very quiet, while others (especially closer to Roosevelt Avenue) are more urban. The neighborhood is located in Queens Community Board 1 and Queens Community Board 2.2
In the 19th century the area was part of the Town of Newtown (now Elmhurst). The adjacent area of Winfield was largely incorporated into the post office serving Woodside and as a consequence Winfield lost much of its identity distinct from Woodside.
With large scale residential development in the 1860s, Woodside became the largest Irish American community in Queens. In the early 1930s, the area was approximately 80% Irish.3 Even as the neighborhood has seen growth in ethnic diversity today, the area still retains a strong Irish American presence. There are a number of Irish pubs and restaurants scattered across Woodside.
In the early 1990s, many Asian American families moved into the area, particularly east of the 61st Street – Woodside subway station. In 2000, Woodside's population was 30% Asian American. Woodside has a large population of Thai Americans, Korean Americans, Chinese Americans and Filipino Americans (see Koreatown, Chinatown, and Filipinotown), each with their own respective ethnic enclave. There are also South Asian Americans, particularly Indian Americans, Bangladeshi Americans, and Pakistani Americans, as well as a large Dominican and Latino population.4
Reflecting its longtime diverse foods and drink, the neighborhood is filled with many cultural restaurants and pubs. It is also home to some of the city's most popular Thai, Filipino, Colombian, and Ecuadorian eateries.
Woodside's diversity lends itself to a number of festivals and street fairs. It commemorates Saint Patrick's Day with a parade prior to the famous celebration in Manhattan. Woodside also hosts several events in the summer, including an Independence Day street fair.
The neighborhood has many places of worship, as well as many schools (including PS 11, PS 12, PS 151, PS 152, PS 229, IS 125, Corpus Christi Elementary School, Saint Sebastian's Elementary School, and Razi School). The parks in the area include Doughboy Park,5 Windmueller Park, Big Bush Park,6 and Laurel Hill Park. Winfield Reformed Church is also located in Woodside.
Main article: History of Woodside, Queens
Settled by farmers in the early 18th Century,7 Woodside was first developed on a large scale beginning in 1867 by speculative residential neighborhood builder Benjamin W. Hitchcock, who also founded Corona and Ozone Park, and John Andrew Kelly.8 The neighborhood's location about three miles from Hunter's Point on the Long Island Railroad line made it an ideal location for a new suburban community. In 1874, the New York Times described Woodside:
...At Woodside there are now 100 houses erected, chiefly of the villa-cottage order, and thirty trains daily stop at the station, making it, via the Hunter's Point and James Slip Ferry, less than forty-five minutes from the lower part of the city. Woodside is located on sloping ground, having a good elevation, and pleasing, though not very diversified scenery. There is an abundance of good fruit trees in the vicinity...9
Woodside is easily accessed from the rest of the city. The IRT Flushing Line (7 <7> trains) of the New York City Subway has stations at 52nd (local), 61st (express) and 69th Streets (local) on Roosevelt Avenue; the IND Queens Boulevard Line local services (E M R trains) make stops at Northern Boulevard and 65th Street along Broadway.11 The 61st Street station provides a direct connection to the Woodside station of the LIRR. The Q18, Q39, Q47, Q53, Q60 and Q32 buses connect Woodside to the rest of Queens, while the latter two run to Manhattan. The B24 connects Woodside to the Williamsburg and Greenpoint sections of Brooklyn. Access by car is provided by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) and Long Island Expressway (I-495).
A "Little Manila" stretches from 63rd-71st Streets on Roosevelt Avenue, where many Filipino-owned businesses have flocked to serve Woodside's large Filipino American community. Woodside hosts the annual "Bayanihan Cultural Festival" at the Hart Playground in September in commemoration of the Filipino American History Month. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are advocates of the event.12
The parade has attracted such politicians as former NYC mayor Rudolph Giuliani and current NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jason West (mayor of New Paltz, New York), New York Congressman Joseph Crowley (who represents the district), former United States Senator Hillary Clinton and others.
- Edward Burns, actor
- Joel Klein, former New York City Schools Chancellor, lived in the Woodside Houses housing project
- Francis Ford Coppola, movie director, screenwriter, producer
- Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize - winning author14
- Morton Feldman, 20th Century Composer
- Tony O'Neill, writer
- Edmar Mednis, International Grandmaster of chess
- Chris Gethard, author, comedian, and star of the Comedy Central show Big Lake.
- James Caan, actor, attended P.S.150
- Lynn Samuels, radio hostQ
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- Baylor, Ronald H.; Meagher, Timothy J. (1996). The New York Irish. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 414. ISBN 0-8018-5199-8.
- Sheftell, Jason (2009-08-14). "Think NYC isn't affordable? Check out Woodside". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Doughboy Park". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Big Bush Park". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- Margaret E. Brennan (March, 1983, volume 6, number 8). "Woodside of Long Ago!". Woodsider. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "'queens Library Community and Library History (Woodside)". Queens Library. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "LONG ISLAND.; POPULAR LOCALITIES NEAR NEW-YORK THEIR GROWTH, AND HOW TO GET TO THEM.". The New York Times. May 31, 1874.
- "Contact Us". Bulova Corporation. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
- "Woodside". nycsubway.org.
- St Pats for All
- Sullivan, Robert (1996-09-01). "The Seanachie". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
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