Floral Park, Queens: Leafy Suburban Feel

Good Schools, Low Taxes Make for Livable Community

Floral Park Queens

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Floral Park is a beautiful, leafy suburban Queens neighborhood that lives up to its name. The area, sometimes called North Floral Park, looks a lot like its Nassau County neighbors, Floral Park Village, Floral Park Centre, and North New Hyde Park.

Families flock to Floral Park for the good schools (in the high-performing District 26), the parks, the (relatively) low taxes for the New York area, and the quick city commute (about 35 minutes by the Long Island Rail Road). Floral Park shares the same zip code as Glen Oaks, so sometimes the names are used interchangeably. For instance, the 34-floor North Shore Towers use a Floral Park address but are next to the Grand Central Parkway.

The housing includes small brick ranches, wooden colonials, and attached multi-family homes. But the most prominent style is the detached Cape Cod, many of which were built on small lots right after World War II.

The stores on the main drag, Hillside Avenue, are mainly Indian restaurants and shops catering to Indian residents, who make up about a third of Floral Park's population. And there are Italian restaurants, Irish pubs, sports bars (most notably long-standing Hagar's Pub on Hillside), among others in the town. The other main streets in Floral Park are the Union and Jericho turnpikes.

Floral Park Boundaries

Floral Park is bounded on the north by the Union Turnpike and Glen Oaks, by the Jericho Turnpike and Floral Park Village and Bellerose on the south, and Little Neck Parkway and Bellerose and Bellaire on the west. The eastern boundary follows Langdale Avenue to Hillside, then a westward diagonal down to Jericho Turnpike, splitting blocks between counties and touching Floral Park Centre, Floral Park Village, North New Hyde Park, and Nassau County.

Mass Transit and Highways

The LIRR stops at the Floral Park Station at Atlantic and Tulip avenues. Buses to Floral Park are the Q79, Q46 and Q43 and the X68 express bus. If you're driving, Floral Park is closest to the Cross Island Parkway and the Grand Central Parkway, the Long Island Expressway and the Southern State Parkway are nearby.

History

Floral Park got its name from the flower farms that once filled the area. Many of Floral Park's Cape Cods were built for soldiers returning from World War II. Today, veterans make up about 10 percent of all residents in Floral Park. In 1904, the intersection of the Jericho Turnpike and Tulip Avenue (then Light Horse Road) was a popular place to watch the first Vanderbilt Cup Race. The Vanderbilt Parkway is now a bike path in nearby Alley Pond Park and Cunningham Park.

Nearby Attractions

Floral Park is convenient to Alley Pond Park, with its wetlands, tidal flats, and meadows. Alley Pond Park is a great place for birdwatching, and it also is home to a high ropes adventure course, part of the Alley Pond Park Adventure program. The Floral Park Village Bird Sanctuary and Centennial Gardens are also nearby. For those who love horse racing, Belmont Racetrack in Belmont Park is the place to be. Races are run seasonally at Belmont. But it is the Belmont Stakes every June, the third run of the Triple Crown, that makes it famous.

The Belmont was first run in 1867, and it is the oldest of the three championship races.