Nassau County used to be part of Queens County before Queens became part of New York City. Some towns still can't make up their mind which county to be in. Here are three Queens neighborhoods that bring you out to the beautiful burbs--without the ugly taxes-- and also share names with adjacent neighborhoods across the Nassau County border. In other words, there are two New Hyde Parks, three Belleroses, and a few Floral Parks.
1. Floral Park
Floral Park, Queens
The neighborhood of mostly single-family houses was developed quickly for WWII veterans in the 1940s. Now, more than a third of the town's population is foreign-born, nearly half from India. Indian shops and restaurants line Hillside Avenue for a few blocks east of Little Neck Parkway. Taxes are less than a third of those in Nassau County's Floral Park Village, and the local public schools (in Bellerose and Glen Oaks) are well regarded. Floral Park, Queens, shares the zip code 11004 with Glen Oaks, but the two neighborhoods are distinct.
Floral Park, Nassau County
Includes: Floral Park, Floral Park Village, and South Floral Park.
This neighborhood doesn't bring shame to the name -- even the streets are named after flowers and trees, unlike the numbered streets of Queens. The main drag is Tulip Avenue, where the Floral Park train station is. The homes tend to be older, pre-WWII.
Above Jericho Avenue, the transition between Nassau and Queens is seamless, except for the street names.
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The New York Times has called this neighborhood, which is also known as Bellerose Manor, the "ideal blend of suburb and city." Boundaries: Little Neck Pkwy to the east, Grand Central Pkwy to the west, the Creedmoor State Hospital grounds on the north and Braddock and Jamaica Aves to the south.
Bellerose, Nassau County
Includes: Bellerose Village and Bellerose Terrace
Bellerose Terrace is a small hamlet near the Cross Island Parkway (between 225th St and Colonial Rd, and Jamaica/Jericho Ave to Superior Rd). House lots are narrow, more like the Queens side.
Bellerose Village, Nassau County (between Jericho Tpke and Superior Rd, and Colonial Rd and Remsen Ln) is more upscale, where the lots, the houses, and the trees are bigger. This area and its wide, treelined streets are more secluded from the hubbub of main drags than the other Bellerose areas.
East of the Cross Island, the north stretch of the main road was -- until a recent (but ignored) change -- Jamaica Avenue (and Bellerose, Queens), while the south side of the road was Jericho Turnpike (and Bellerose Village and Bellerose Terrace). That's not true anymore. East of the Cross Island, it's all supposed to be Jericho Avenue. For years, the dual name confounded delivery drivers.
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3. New Hyde Park
New Hyde Park, Queens
The Queens New Hyde Park contains only a handful of streets, so it's much smaller than its Nassau cousin. The two are nearly the same -- with mostly single-family homes built from the 1920s to 1950s.
They are both great neighborhoods for families. They also share a zip code: 11040.
New Hyde Park Village, Nassau County is an incorporated village just east of Floral Park.
If you're looking to move to these neighborhoods, keep in mind that house prices tend to be higher in Queens, but taxes are higher in Nassau County.
Although the subway doesn't extend this far east, there are Long Island Railroad stations in Floral Park (Tulip and Atlantic Aves), Bellerose (Superior Rd at Commonwealth Rd), and New Hyde Park (2nd Ave at New Hyde Park Rd).