Douglaston, in the northeast corner of Queens, is a suburban neighborhood, known for family life, excellent schools, and lots of trees and space. With a suburban feel, Douglaston is still close to Manhattan with its own LIRR station (as well as low NYC taxes). These qualities bring demand and have made Douglaston one of the most expensive areas in Queens. Its most exclusive neighborhood is Douglas Manor, on a peninsula that jets into the Long Island Sound, where houses sell for over a $1 million.
Douglaston Neighborhoods and Boundaries:
Douglaston has six distinct neighborhoods. Douglas Manor
(an historic district and the most expensive area), Doug Bay, and Douglaston Hill are on the peninsula north of Northern Boulevard. Douglaston Park is between Northern and the LIE, and south of the LIE are Douglaston and Winchester Estates. The neighborhood's western border is the Alley Pond Park and Bayside, and to the east its the Marathon and Little Neck Parkways (and Nassau County).
Check Douglaston's location on a map (Yahoo).
The strip along Northern Boulevard doesn't let up for more than a second when it crosses Alley Pond between Bayside and Douglaston. There's a high concentration of Korean businesses and restaurants that extends into Little Neck and Great Neck.
Transit and Trains:
Douglaston has its own LIRR train station
, and the train brings commuters to Manhattan in half an hour. There is no subway out this far in Queens.
The major local thoroughfares are Northern Boulevard and Douglaston Parkway. Douglaston has immediate access to the Long Island Expressway (exit 30) and the Cross Island Parkway (exit 31).
Green Spaces and Parks:
Restaurants and Bars:
The dining scene in Douglaston is tends toward upscale. Don't expect bargain lunches.
The Thai Eatery at the intersection of Northern and Douglaston Parkway is a disappointment. However, the view from the restaurant's glass walls are perfect for street watching. The intersection is notorious for vehicular accidents.
Next to the LIRR, Strawberry's Sports Grill, a pub owned by former Mets player Darryl Strawberry, is a popular spot for drinks. Better for dinner is its neighbor Il Toscano (see full review).
Police and Crime:
Douglaston is in the 111th Precinct
(718-279-5200), which includes Douglaston, Little Neck, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Auburndale, and Hollis Hills. In 2010, the precinct reported 0 murders, 6 rapes, 81 robberies, and 252 burglaries. Check more recent crime statistics for the 111th precinct