Families flock here for the good schools (in the high-performing District 26), the parks, the low taxes--less than half the amount of the other Floral Parks--and the quick city commute (about 35 minutes by LIRR). Floral Park shares the same zip code as Glen Oaks, so sometimes the names are used interchangeably. (The 34-floor North Shore Towers use a Floral Park address, but are next to the Grand Central Parkway).
The homes range from small brick ranches to attached multifamily homes. But mainly the housing is detached Cape Cods, many of which were built on 40 x 100 lots for soldiers returning from WWII.
The stores on main drag Hillside Avenue are mainly Indian restaurants and shops catering to the Indian residents, who make up about a third of Floral Park's population. And there are Italian restaurants, Irish pubs, sports bars (most notably longstanding Hagar's Pub on Hillside), and more in the town.
North: Union Tpke (Glen Oaks)
South: Jericho Tpke (Floral Park Village, Bellerose)
West: Little Neck Pkwy (Bellerose, Bellaire)
East: Langdale Ave to Hillside, then a westward diagonal down to Jericho Tpke (Floral Park, Queens, is generally numbered streets, and Nassau, named ones), splitting blocks between counties (Floral Park Centre, Floral Park Village, North New Hyde Park, Nassau County)
Main Streets - Floral Park:
Hillside Ave, Union Tpke, Jericho Tpke
Floral Park Real Estate:
Floral Park's housing is mostly detached single-family homes, according to census data, with mostly Capes, brick ranches, and wooden colonials. There are also some new Mediterranean-style homes. The rest are attached units. According to Century 21 Andron Realty in Glen Oaks, Queens, in 2009, three-bedroom homes go for between $450,000 and $500,000, and the taxes are $4,000. (In next-door Nassau, the taxes are about $9,000.)
Transportation -- Mass Transit and Highways:
LIRR to Floral Park Station (Atlantic and Tulip Aves); Q79, Q46, Q43 buses and the X68 express busFloral Park is closest to the Cross Island Pkwy, and the Grand Central, LIE, and Southern State are nearby.
Floral Park got its name from the flower farms that once filled the area. Many of Floral Park's Capes were built for soldiers returning from World War II. Today, veterans make up about 10 percent of all residents in Floral Park. In 1904, 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.
Residents - Floral Park:
Residents here are mostly middle- to upper-middle-class families. About 34 percent of Floral Park's population is foreign-born, with about half identifying themselves as Indian, according to the 2000 census.
Issues and Worries:
Floral Park is not seeing the overdevelopment plaguing other Queens suburbs, but overcrowding within homes is an issue in some areas. City planners are trying to secure R2A zoning to curb overdevelopment. The R2A zoning limits the height of buildings as well as the percentage of lot space a building can take up. The planners also want to limit fence height and yard pavement, like in neighboring Floral Park Village.
Nearby Attractions:Queens County Farm Museum
Alley Pond Park
Floral Park Village Bird Sanctuary and Centennial Gardens
- Newspapers: Floral Park Dispatch
- Shopping: There are shops, restaurants, and strip malls along Hillside Ave, and Jericho, and Union Tpkes. Floral Park Village has a nice little downtown on Tulip Ave just south of Jericho. See Floral Park Restaurants.
- Hotels: There's a brand-new Quality Inn (256-15 Jericho Tpke, Floral Park, 718-343-9600) and a new one being built on Jericho in Bellerose; Floral Park Motor Lodge (30 Jericho Tpke, Floral Park, 516-775-0451)
- Libraries: Queens Library Glen Oaks Branch, 256-04 Union Tpke, 718-831-8636; Queens Library Bellrose Branch, 250-06 Hillside Ave, 718-831-8644
- Post Office: 256-29 Union Tpke; 15-68 Union Tpke; 35 Tulip Ave; 237-15 Braddock Ave
- Hospital: Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 70-05 76th Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
- Police Station: 105th Precinct, 92-08 222nd St, Queens Village, 718-776-9090
- Congressional District 5: Rep. Gary Ackerman (D)
- Community Board 13: Queens Reform Church, 219-41 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village, NY 11428, 718.464.9700
- Schools: School district 26 Schools P.S. 115 Glen Oaks School, 80-51 261st St, 718-831-4010; P.S. 133 248-05 86th Ave, 718-831-4016; P.S. 172 Irwin Altman Middle School 81-14 257 St, 718-831-4000; H.S. 435 Martin Van Buren High School 230-17 Hillside Ave, 718-776-4728; P.S. 191 Mayflower 85-15 258th St, 718-831-4032; Our Lady of the Snows Catholic School 79-33 258th St, 718-343-1346
- Floral Park Restaurants
- Civic Organizations: Queens Civic Congress; Floral Park Community Council
- Nearby Communities:
- Nassau: Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, New Hyde Park, Lake Success, Franklin Square, Stewart Manor
- Queens: Bellerose, Belaire/Queens Village, Glen Oaks, Little Neck, Oakland Gardens
- Famous resident: Robert Mapplethorpe