Bell Boulevard, Bayside Queens

The small-town feeling of Bayside, Queens, has always centered around Bell Boulevard.

The boulevard’s stretch from 35th Avenue to Northern Boulevard is home to a cobblestone house that used to be a speakeasy, quaint bakeries and bars, and Queens’ first White Castle. Queens columnist Kevin Walsh takes us on a tour of this thoroughfare and its history.

Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

With the recent completion of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium and the now-expected ascension of the New York Mets into the National League baseball playoffs for the first time since 2006, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park finds itself at the center of New York City’s professional sports life as summer 2015 draws to a close.

Queens columnist Kevin Walsh guides us through the park’s sports offerings, as well as its art and history.

Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

[Photo: Kevin Walsh]

Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens

This week on Brownstoner Queens, columnist Kevin Walsh takes us on a historic tour of Ridgewood’s stretch of Myrtle Avenue, one of the lengthiest streets in both Brooklyn and Queens. The avenue’s origins date back to 1835 on a stretch of road that’s now mostly Bedford Avenue.

Learn about how this thoroughfare — along with some of its current landmarks — has changed through the years, over on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

Historical Guide to Flushing, Queens

The present-day intersection of Main Street and Northern Boulevard has served as the heart of Flushing since the mid 1600s. It’s changed significantly since then, and columnist Kevin Walsh takes us on a tour through Main Street’s history, including a grand, now-shuttered theater, a church that’s been a neighborhood mainstay since the early 1700s and more.

Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

Queens Broadway walking tour

There’s a Broadway in every borough, with Manhattan’s of course being the best known. While Broadway in Queens doesn’t have the same lights and attractions, there’s still plenty to see along this thoroughfare that spans from Ravenswood to Elmhurst.

Kevin Walsh takes us on an insider’s guide to Queens’ Broadway, making note of shops and businesses worth visiting.

Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Juniper Valley Park Queens

Even though it was created in the 1930s, Juniper Valley Park is still considered one of Queens’ youngest large parks. Much of the park’s nearly 100 acres were owned by racketeer Arnold Rothstein (who allegedly “fixed” the 1919 World Series in the Cincinnati Reds’ favor with the cooperation of several Chicago White Sox).

The city purchased the territory to settle debts from his estate after his death in 1928. Now the park has playing fields and Hundreds of shade trees and flower bushes.

Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

Far Rockaway, Queens

As a teenager in the mid ’70s, our Brownstoner Queens columnist Kevin Walsh braved the perilous Marine Parkway Bridge on his bike to travel to Far Rockaway. This time, on the hottest day of the summer, he opted for the A train and headed not to the beach, but to a hub that’s home to historical buildings including a former church (now a temple) built in 1858 and a Colonial Revival–style post office.

Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.


This week our Queens columnist takes us to Jackson Heights, an enclave in Queens known for its garden apartments and Indian shops and restaurants. Much of the historic district consists of large six-story co-operative apartment buildings ringing interior courtyards and gardens, designed to let light and air into the apartments.

It was all planned and developed by the Queensboro Corporation in the first half of the 20th century. The former headquarters of this group, a neo-Tudor building, still stands on 82nd Street. Rams heads decorate the entrance, above.

The neo-Colonial-style post office is also worth a visit, to see its WPA murals from the 1930s. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh


Our Brownstoner Queens columnist Kevin Walsh continues his stroll along the entire length of Metropolitan Avenue. The latest installment takes us from Middle Village to Forest Hills.

It’s a cornucopia of delights, including Myrtle Avenue’s famed German restaurant Zum Stammtisch, a taxidermist shop, Eddie’s Sweet Shop — in business since 1909 — and Queens’ vast Forest Park. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh


Metropolitan Avenue was once a farm-to-market road plied by farmers bringing wares to East River barges and then back east through fields and meadows to the town of Jamaica. Now a busy truck route, in some places it is still a clogged two-lane road.

If you use your imagination a bit you can envision it plunging through farms and fields, populated by horses and carts. A stroll along the 13 miles from Williamsburg to Jamaica reveals all sorts of interesting historical remnants. (more…)


You’ll find historic houses, an Art Moderne post office, and New York City’s oldest tavern, Neir’s, just over the Queens-Brooklyn border in Woodhaven. It opened in 1829, back when the nearby Union Course racetrack was still going strong, attracting crowds as large as 70,000.

Famous former residents of Woodhaven include actor Adrien Brody and composer George Gershwin. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photos by Kevin Walsh


Newcomers riding to the end of the N train will find the destination, Astoria, “extraordinarily hospitable,” writes our Queens columnist Kevin Walsh. There’s Astoria Park with its Olympic-size pool, views of the Hell Gate and Triborough bridges, a bustling Greek enclave, famed neighborhood institution and beer garden Bohemian Hall, and plenty of other delights — even historic architecture. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo of Hell Gate and Triborough bridges via Wikimedia