Douglaston, Queens

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Coordinates: 40°45′54″N 73°44′38″W / 40.76500°N 73.74389°W / 40.76500; -73.74389

Douglaston, Queens
Neighborhood of Queens
A block of shops on Douglaston Parkway; the National Art League occupies part of this block
A block of shops on Douglaston Parkway; the National Art League occupies part of this block
Country United States
State New York
County Queens
Founded by George Douglas
Population (2010)
 • Total 17,823
 • Median income $83,566
ZIP Code 11362, 11363
Area code(s) 718, 347, 917

Douglaston is an upper middle class community in the New York City borough of Queens. Douglaston comprises six distinct neighborhoods: Douglas Bay,[2] Douglas Manor,[3] and Douglaston Hill, all located north of Northern Boulevard on the peninsula abutting Little Neck Bay; Douglaston Park, located between Northern Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway; and two areas south of the Expressway, Winchester Estates and an area simply known as Douglaston. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 11[4] and New York City school district 26.

Douglaston is located on the North Shore of Long Island, bordered to the east by Little Neck, and to the west by Bayside. Douglaston's two ZIP Codes are 11362 and 11363.

Douglaston represents one of the least traditionally urban communities in New York City, with many areas (particularly those north of Northern Boulevard) having a distinctly upscale suburban feel, similar to that of Nassau County towns located nearby (such as Great Neck).

The area is also known for its historical society and other civic groups, notably the Douglaston Civic Association and the Douglas Manor Association.


FDNY Engine 313/Ladder 164 Firehouse on 244th Street

The earliest known residents of the area that would become Douglaston were the Matinecock Native Americans. Early Dutch settlers were drawn to the area by the rich land and abundant fishing. Thomas Hicks settled the area in 1656 on a peninsula first called Little Madnan's Neck. In 1796, his estate passed to Thomas Wickes (1770–1854), and in 1819, to Wyant Van Zandt, a wealthy merchant, who built a large Greek Revival mansion in the area. Today, this mansion houses the Douglaston Club, a private club with tennis courts, social activities and swimming pools. In 1835, George Douglas bought 240 acres (0.97 km2) of land along with Van Zandt's mansion. Upon Douglas' death in 1862, the land was inherited by his son, William Douglas. Four years later, the North Shore Railroad extended its service to the area. William Douglas donated an outbuilding for use as the station house, and in thanks, the railroad named its new stop "Douglaston", which soon was taken on as the name of the community.

Douglaston Hill is the oldest area of the community, and is characterized by turn-of-the-20th-century homes in Queen Anne and Victorian styles. It was laid out with very large lots in 1853, at the very beginning of a movement in the United States to create suburban gardens. The area was recognized as a New York City Historic District in December 2004 by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.[5] The Douglaston Hill Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[6]

In the early 20th century, the Rickert-Finlay Realty Company of Manhattan purchased 175 acres (0.71 km2) of the Douglas' family holdings, and formed the Douglas Manor Association, creating a planned community. Many of the houses in this area were built in architectural styles popular at the time, such as Tudor, Mediterranean, Colonial Revival, and Arts and Crafts. In 1997, New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Douglas Manor as the Douglaston Historic District, ensuring that no new buildings or external alterations could be made without the commission's approval.[7][8] The Douglaston Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[6]

Other areas of Douglaston were developed during the latter half of the 20th century. Douglaston Park contains a mixture of large, older homes as well as Capes, Tudors, and ranch-style homes dating from the 1960s. The areas adjacent to the Douglaston Shopping Center are occupied mainly by attached single-family homes built in the early-1970s, as well as four-story condominiums added in the mid-1980s.[9]

In addition to the Douglaston Historic District and Douglaston Hill Historic District, the Allen-Beville House and Cornelius Van Wyck House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Queens Giant measures 133.8 feet (40.8 m) tall and is probably the oldest living thing in the New York metropolitan area.

Several parks are under the administration of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. To the west of Douglaston along the waterfront is Alley Pond Park, a 635-acre (2.57 km2) wildlife and bird sanctuary, and home to the Queens Giant, the oldest known tree (and living thing) in New York City. To the east along the water is Udalls Cove, a 90-acre (360,000 m2) wildlife sanctuary.

Because northern Douglaston is surrounded by water, many residents take advantage of the waterfront. The Douglaston Yacht Squadron[10] is the local yacht club (there is also a junior yachting program called the djys, which teaches youngsters under the age of 16 years how to sail). It is a part of the Douglaston Club, a country club based in Van Zandt's original mansion in Douglas Manor. The Douglaston Club is also site of various community events, such as the Douglaston Chess Congress' annual championships, which decides the community's best players. Sailing is also a popular sport in the community.

Southern Douglaston has an 18-hole, par 67 golf course. Formerly known as the North Hills Country Club, the 104-acre (0.42 km2) course opened in 1927 and became a municipal course in the 1960s. The Douglaston Golf Course underwent significant renovations in 2004. The course is situated at one of the highest points in the borough of Queens, providing picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline, and has a restaurant.


The Immaculate Conception Center,[11] formerly a college-level seminary named Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception and owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, is located in southern Douglaston. It is a large conference center, hosting Diocese events and activities including language immersion classes, lay ministry preparation, adult continuing education, seminarian instruction, parish retreats and also hosts community civic conferences. For the Fall of 2011, all administrative offices will be relocated and the building will be host to eighty undergraduate seminarians studying at nearby St. John's University, in addition to retired priests from the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Its two public elementary schools are P.S. 98 The Douglaston School[12] and P.S. 221 North Hills School,[13] which both offer classes from kindergarten through 5th grade. These schools feed into Louis Pasteur Middle School, which hosts children in grades 6 through 8. After middle school, Douglaston's public school students are zoned for Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, in neighboring Bayside. Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy [14] is a private Catholic school, with classes from the pre-school level to 8th grade. PS 811, the Multiple Handicap School of Queens, is devoted to students with physical and mental disabilities. It is an elementary school, for grades 1–6. Before it was designated The Multiple Handicap School of Queens, it was known as PS 187, and served as an elementary school for mainstream children in grades 1–6.


Every year Douglaston also hosts a Memorial Day Parade which runs from Little Neck to Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy at St. Anastasia Church.

Other community activities include Theater á la Cartè, which provides live theater at the Douglaston Community Church, and the Douglaston Community Theater players, who perform at the Zion Episcopal Church. The 74-year-old[when?] National Art League on Douglaston Parkway offers classes and provides a place for artists to show and sell their work. Monthly concerts are held at the Douglaston Community Church.

A local volunteer ambulance corps, the Little Neck–Douglaston Community Ambulance Corps is supported and run by people in the community. It also hosts blood drives and classes to teach the community CPR for free.


Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Douglaston was 24,739.[15]

The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 53.3% (13,195) White, 1.3% (317) African American, (15) Native American, 35.6% (8,818) Asian, 0.0% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.3% (69) from other races, and 1.2% (308) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.1% (2,015) of the population.[16]

Local economy[edit]

Douglaston boasts a number of independently owned and operated restaurants and shops, many of which are located in the area around the intersection of Douglaston Parkway and Northern Boulevard. This area is home to a distinct cultural presence and traditional New York City style delis and pizzerias.

The Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center is a major hub of the community's economic activity. It contains a Fairway Market supermarket (which opened in November 2011), Toys 'R' Us, Modell's sporting goods store, Macy's, Burger King, the pizza restaurant Grimaldi's, and a Family owned movie theater (MovieWorld).


The LIRR station, looking west from the Douglaston Parkway overpass

The Douglaston Long Island Rail Road station, at 235th Street and 41st Avenue, is on the LIRR's Port Washington Branch.

Douglaston is served by the Q12, Q30, QM3, QM5, QM8 New York City Bus routes.[17]

Two major Long Island highways pass through Douglaston: the Long Island Expressway and Cross Island Parkway.

Local media[edit]

The area is served by the Little Neck Ledger, owned by the TimesLedger Newspapers,[18] a chain of 14 weekly newspapers spread throughout Queens. Media giant News Corporation, which also owns the New York Post, bought TimesLedger in October 2006.

Notable residents[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Scenes from the movies Black Rain, American Gangster, Little Children, The Arrangement, I Never Sang for My Father, Cops and Robbers, and After-Life were filmed in the community. The films Rabbit Hole (2010), Son of No One (2011), and Run All Night (2014) were also shot in Douglaston.

In the 30 Rock episode "Hiatus", the community stood in for Needmore, Pennsylvania. Mary Hudson, a character in "The Laughing Man", a short story by J. D. Salinger, is from this community. "Machine", the masked character from the 1999 film 8mm, also lived with his mother in Douglaston.


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  2. ^ Origins of Doug Bay and Udalls Cove Park By Walter Mugdan, March 28, 2011, Bayside Patch
  3. ^ LIVING IN Douglas Manor, Queens, New York City. Accessed November 30, 2010.
  4. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  5. ^ Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates the Douglaston Hill Historic District in Queens, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, 2004-12-14
  6. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  7. ^ LeDuff, Charlie (June 29, 1997). "A Place 'Like No Other Place' Is Now a Landmark, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  8. ^ LIVING IN | Douglas Manor, Queens Where People Stay, and ‘Play Musical Houses’ The New York Times, January 7, 2010
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  10. ^ Douglaston Yacht Squadron
  11. ^ Immaculate Conception Center
  12. ^ P.S. 98 The Douglaston School
  13. ^ P.S. 221 North Hills School
  14. ^ Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy
  15. ^ Table PL-P5 NTA: Total Population and Persons Per Acre - New York City Neighborhood Tabulation Areas*, 2010, Population Division - New York City Department of City Planning, February 2012. Accessed June 16, 2016.
  16. ^ Table PL-P3A NTA: Total Population by Mutually Exclusive Race and Hispanic Origin - New York City Neighborhood Tabulation Areas*, 2010, Population Division - New York City Department of City Planning, March 29, 2011. Accessed June 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Queens Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  18. ^ Little Neck Ledger
  19. ^ a b Douglaston/Little Neck Historical Society
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  29. ^ The Seven Storey Mountain
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