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A History and Local Guide of Woodside, NY

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The personal injury attorneys in Woodside, NY, sponsor this article to offer readers a detailed excerpt about the neighborhood.

Woodside is a residential and commercial neighborhood in the western portion of Queens, New York. The area hosts an approximate population of 45,099 and belongs to ZIP code 11377 and area codes 718, 347, 929, and 917. Woodside is located in Queens Community District 2 and is represented by the New York City Council's 22nd and 26th Districts.

History

In the early 18th century, the area of Woodside was settled by farmers. Soon enough, inhabitants learned how to live off the land profitably, and the marsh grasses proved to be good for grazing and grains, fruits, and vegetables.

By mid 18th century, agricultural produce found markets in New York City. At the beginning of the 19th century, the area came to be "abundantly conspicuous in the wealth of the farmers and in the beauty of the villas."

In 1867, Woodside began to develop on a grander scale after speculative residential neighborhood builder Benjamin W. Hitchcock, who also founded Corona and Ozone Park, and John Andrew Kelly set their sights on the area.

Being only three miles from Hunt's Point on the Long Island Railroad Line made the land an ideal area for developing a new suburban community.

The Long Island rail service construction attracted land speculators to surrounding areas, including Woodhaven, Astoria, Maspeth, Corona, Hunters Point, and Winfield. Woodside's developers, however, were among the first to divide properties into lots for the construction of small homes for working-class families. By doing so, they were the first to use a set of new sales techniques to lure buyers. The Woodside developers were also the first to apply a name to a locale that emphasized its real or supposed virtues.

At the turn of the 20th century, Woodside's potential convinced real estate developers to invest substantially in high-occupancy housing and duplex homes to complement the single-family units in the area.

During the 1930s, Woodside residential development continued to grow with two-family houses, apartment complexes, and elevator-style high rises. By 1936, when a portion of the 10-acre Windmuller Estate was sold to developers, it was made available to construct garden apartments.

In the early 21st century, Woodside achieved a reputation as a developed community with wide avenues, leafy streets, and a mix of private homes and small apartment buildings.

Education

With an array of housing options in Woodside, the neighborhood has become home to many growing families. Luckily, Woodside is home to a plethora of highly-rated public schools including,

  • PS 11 Kathryn Phelan (grades K-6)
  • PS 12 James B Colgate (grades K-5)
  • PS 151 Mary D Carter (grades PK-5)
  • IS 125 Thomas J McCann Woodside Intermediate School (grades 6-8)
  • William Cullen Bryant High School (grades 9-12)

Woodside is also home to several highly ranked private schools including,

  • Corpus Christi Elementary School
  • Greater New York Academy
  • Razi School
  • Saint Sebastian's Elementary School

Culture

The fantastic schooling options and developed streets of Woodside have attracted populations of all different cultural backgrounds. Throughout the history of Woodside, the neighborhood has attracted Irish Americans during the 1930s, Asian Americans during the 1990s, and most recently, South Asians and Latinos have also moved to Woodside.

You will find the reflection of Woodside's diverse culture in its numerous cultural restaurants and pubs. The neighborhood is also known to have the city's most popular Thai, Filipino, and South American eateries.

Want to learn more? See related: Discover Sunnyside, NY

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: June 4, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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