Bayside’s history dates back to 2000 B.C.E., when the Matinecock Native American tribe first settled there. In the late 17th century, the area was settled by English colonists. By the middle of the 18th century, early settlers left their homes in Flushing and developed a farming community, Bay Side. During the Revolutionary War, the Bayside-Little Neck area suffered from raids by whaleboatmen from the Connecticut shores. In the 19th century Bayside was still mostly farmland. Middle 20th century urban sprawl in New York City, with the help of more convenient and accessible transportation, led to its development.
During the 1920s, many actors and actresses, such as Rudolph Valentino, lived in Bayside. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century Bayside saw an influx of people associated with the theater and movie industries. The town was then established as a colony for stage and screen stars. When rumors ran rampant through the acting community that Bayside would be the location of a new movie and production studio, many actors purchased homes in anticipation of an easy commute to the studio. However, this rumored studio never materialized. When Hollywood emerged as the capital of the movie industry during the 1920s, many actors left Bayside to pursue careers in California.
Bayside was the site of a murder by Peter Hains, a prominent army officer, abetted by his brother, sea novelist Thornton Jenkins Hains, who gunned down prominent editor William Annis at his yacht club in 1908. The so-called “Regatta Murder” led to a widely publicized trial at the Flushing County Courthouse. Peter Hains was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years at Sing Sing, while Thornton Hains was acquitted.
Bayside remains one of the safest and wealthiest neighborhoods in the borough of Queens. However, Bayside has been the setting to several organized crime incidents.
Michael Pappadio, of Bayside, was a mobster who worked for the Lucchese crime family in secrecy from his wife. He managed the Lucchese family’s interests in the Garment District of Manhattan. In 1989, upon a falling out with his superiors, he was murdered at a bagel shop called the Crown Bagel, on Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park. His wife subsequently reported Michael as missing. Three years later the FBI presented her with information about his death and his life in organized crime.
In April 2002, Gambino crime family associate Darren D’Amico was shot in the leg outside of the Café on the Green restaurant in Bayside. It is speculated that Bonanno crime family associate Randolph Pizzolo was responsible for the crime. He was subsequently murdered on a hit called by Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano. Basciano is now serving life in prison without parole.
Location and boundaries
Bayside is bordered by the Bronx to the north across the Long Island Sound and Douglaston Manor across the Little Neck Bay. The eastern land border is the Cross Island Parkway and Douglaston; the western is Francis Lewis Boulevard/Utopia Parkway and Auburndale; the southern is Long Island Expressway and Oakland Gardens. The neighborhood of Bayside Hills is itself a newer subdivision within Bayside.
Bayside Gables is a privately owned gated community located near the Bay Terrace shopping center and the Little Neck Bay. Arguably one of the wealthiest areas in Queens (along with Forest Hills Gardens, Malba, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, and Douglaston Manor), homes in this community can sell for as high as 4 million dollars.
Bayside Hills is a subdivision of Bayside’s south side, bordered by 48th Ave to the north, the Long Island Expressway to the south, 211th Street to the west, and Springfield Boulevard on the east. The homes in Bayside Hills have more value and are more upscale, many of which were built by Gross Morton.
Bayside Hills is known for its thirty-three street malls and accents, especially the gatehouse (Bell Boulevard at 48th street), gateposts (48th Avenue from 216th Street) and Bayside Hills Street Clock (Bell Boulevard and 214th Street). The Victorian style street clock sits upon the Leo Green Clock Mall, dedicated to the local civic activist. Further east, Captain William C Dermody Triangle Park (48 Avenue and 216 Street) memorializes Dermody’s abolitionism and service in the Civil War, leading him to be mortally wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Much of the public green space is maintained by the NYC Parks Department and the Bayside Hills Civic Association.
The zip code 11364 is shared with Oakland Gardens.
Bay Terrace is an affluent neighborhood often considered part of the larger area of Bayside. The area encompasses gated cooperative/condominium developments such as the Bay Club and Baybridge Condos. Other cooperative/condominium developments include the Towers at Waters Edge, the Kennedy Street Quad, the Bayside Townhouse Condominiums, Bay Country Owners, Bell Owners and others. The gated estate community of the “Bayside Gables” is also located within the Bay Terrace neighborhood, being the site of some of the only single family homes in the area. Bay Terrace overlooks the East River and the approaches to the Throgs Neck Bridge from the Clearview Expressway and Cross Island Parkway. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 7 and Queens Community Board 11, and is located within ZIP code 11360, bounded on the west by the Clearview Expressway, on the south by 26th Avenue and 28th Avenue, and to the east and north by the Little Neck Bay and Little Bay (which are a cove of the East River and a neighborhood, respectively). The civic organization serving Bay Terrace is the Bay Terrace Community Alliance (BTCA).
In 1639, Dutch Governor Willem Kieft (1597–1647) purchased the land that today encompasses Queens County from the Matinecock. William Lawrence (1622–1680), who served as a magistrate under Dutch and English administrations, was granted a parcel of land by King Charles II in 1645 that included a large portion of what is today Bayside, in addition to College Point, Whitestone, and Fort Totten. Bayside began its course of development from an agricultural community to a suburb when the North Shore Railroad was extended in 1866. During the following several decades, the Bayside Land Association purchased farms for development. Bay Terrace, originally included within the bounds of Bayside, remained composed of farms and large estates until the 1950s, when Cord and Charles Meyer sold their 225-acre (0.91 km2) farm for development. By 1952, residential development of Bay Terrace Sections 1–12 began and continued into the mid-1960s. The Bay Terrace at Bayside Shopping Center was bui;t in the 1950s.
The New York City Department of City Planning conducted a transportation study of Bay Terrace in 2004. Findings included parking and intersection issues, including poor access to the Cross Island Parkway. Eventually, a median will be constructed along the length of 212th street, with increased access to the Cross Island Parkway near the Baybridge Commons Shopping Center and reconstruction of the existing entrance and exit ramps. The Bay Terrace at Bayside Shopping Center plans on adding new storefronts to their plaza. including World Kitchen; Aéropostale; and PM Pediatrics, a state-of-the-art pediatric emergency care facility.
Bay Terrace has the ZIP code 11360. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the estimated 2012 median family income for the census tracts encompassing the Bay Terrace area of New York City (997.03, 997.04, and 997.05), exclusively, is $103, 263. The current population of Bay Terrace, Queens, New York City is 13,392  while the population density is 14,683.8 per square mile. The median home value of the area is $1,253,000. The median age of individuals residing in 11360 is 48.9 years.
Oakland Gardens is a middle class neighborhood in the southern part of Bayside, bounded to the north by the Long Island Expressway, to the east by Alley Pond Park, to the south by Union Turnpike, and to the west by Cunningham Park. Whitestone is to the north, and Queens Village and Bellerose are to the south and southeast, respectively. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 11. Fredrick Newbold Lawrence built a mansion in the area in 1847 called “The Oaks”, and the neighborhood’s name probably derives from that estate. Many people refer to Oakland Gardens as “southern Bayside” because of its proximity and similarity to Bayside. Its Median income is $54,031.
Bayside’s Interstate Highways include I-295 and I-495, as well as the Cross Island Parkway. The north end of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway is in Little Bay Park, under the Throgs Neck Bridge approaches, with convenient connection to the Utopia Parkway bicycle lane. It lies between Cross Island Parkway and Little Neck Bay, connecting Bayside to Douglaston and Alley Pond Park, and to central Queens and Coney Island. Francis Lewis Boulevard is a major street notorious for drag racing, which resulted in several fatalities to drivers and pedestrians over the years.
Bayside is connected to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan, other areas of Queens, and Long Island by the Long Island Rail Road‘s Port Washington Branch at the Bayside railroad station. Many also choose to take the New York City Subway‘s 7 <7> trains in nearby Flushing at Flushing–Main Street station.
After the MTA began extending the 7 <7> trains of the IRT Flushing Line westward into Manhattan in 2007, the 2012 fiscal year Community District Needs of Queens report suggests extending the line eastward in order to relieve congestion in Downtown Flushing. The report states: “It’s time for residents and businesses of East Flushing, Bayside, and maybe some parts of Douglaston to share in freeing Downtown Flushing from this growing problem.” It should be noted the original plan for the line in 1935 was to have it end, not in Flushing, but Bell Boulevard near Northern Boulevard.
Local data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (based on samples from 2005 to 2009) shows that the demographics of Bayside changes significantly from area to area. For example, the pocket bordered by the Clearview Expressway to the west, Northern Boulevard to the north, Bell Boulevard to the east, and 48th avenue to the south is 40% Asian, 26% Black, 21% Hispanic, and 13% White. Other areas can be up to 71% majority White, mostly inhabited by those of Italian, Greek, and Irish descent.
As of the 2000 Census, Whites made up 65.6% of Bayside’s population. Of people from this group, Italian Americans, Irish Americans, and Greek Americans were the largest ethnic groups representing 17.6, 12.4, and 7.3% of the population respectively. German Americans made up 6.7% of the population while Polish Americans were 3.5% of the populace. In addition, there is a large Asian American population as well. Around the mid-1990s, a significant number of Korean families began moving into the area. As of the 2000 Census, Asian Americans made up a significant 22.7% of the neighborhood’s population, most of whom were Korean Americans, who made up 10.4% of the population and Chinese Americans, who made up 9.2% of the populace. There is a small African American community representing 4.5% of Bayside’s population. American Indians made up a mere 0.2% of the neighborhood’s population. Pacific Islander Americans were almost nonexistent in the neighborhood as there were only seven individuals of this ethnic group residing in Bayside at the 2000 Census. Multiracial individuals made up 3.2% of the population. Hispanics or Latinos made up 11.8% of Bayside’s population with a small Puerto Rican population representing 2.6% of the neighborhood’s population. In terms of nativity, 65.6% of the populace was native and 34.4% was foreign-born. In terms of language, 52.9% of the population aged 5 years and over spoke only the English language at home with the remaining 47.1% speaking a language other than English. Due to the large Hispanic community, 10.4% of Bayside’s population spoke the Spanish language at home. Also, due to a large community of foreign-born European Americans, 15.2% speak an Indo-European language other than Spanish at home. And in part of the significant Asian American community, 20.7% of the population speak an Asian language at home. The northern part of Bayside, including Bay Terrace, has a large concentration of European Americans, particularly people of Italian heritage. The southern and eastern portions of Bayside have a more ethnically diverse population.
Bayside contains 11,439 housing units. The majority of Bayside’s residents are part of family households representing 67.0% of all households with an average household size of 2.59. The median age of Bayside’s residents is 38.3 years and 15.0% of residents are over 65 years of age. 83.8% of residents age 25 and over have at least graduated from high school, while 35.0% have a bachelor’s degree or higher, making Bayside a more educated community than other American communities.
Bayside is home to Queensborough Community College, a branch of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The college is located on a 37-acre site that was formerly the Oakland Golf Club.
Bayside is part of the New York City Department of Education‘s district 26, the highest performing school district for grades K-9 in all of New York City. The district includes 20 elementary schools and 5 middle schools. District 25 also serves part of the neighborhood.
The Queens Borough Public Library operates the Bay Terrace Branch. Bayside is home to a number of New York City Public Schools:
- Bayside High School
- Benjamin Cardozo High School
- P.S. 203 Oakland Gardens
- P.S. 213 Oakland Gardens
- P.S. 46 The Alley Pond School
- P.S. 169
- P.S. 162 (New York) John Golden
- P.S. 205 Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School
- I.S. 25
- J.H.S. 194
- M.S. 74 Intermediate School Junior High School on Oceania Street
- M.S. 294 Bell Academy
Parochial schools include:
- Lutheran School of Flushing & Bayside (Lutheran school)
- St. Robert Bellarmine School (Catholic school)
- Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School (Catholic school)
- Sacred Heart School (Catholic school)
Queens Borough Public Library operates the Bayside, Bay Terrace and Windsor Park Branches.
- Alley Pond Park
- Little Bay Park
- Crocheron Park
- Cunningham Park
- Throgs Neck Park
- John Golden Park
- Raymond O’Connor Field
- Marie Curie Park
- Fort Totten
- Bay Terrace Playground
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- Lawrence Cemetery – 216th Street & 42nd Avenue.
- Fort Totten, New York – A fort built during the Civil War to guard the north entrance to New York Harbor, along with Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, in 1862.
- Straiton-Storm Cigar Factory – Built c. 1872, the factory was the largest cigar manufacturer in America. The three-story wood frame building was of the French Second Empire style. After a large warehouse fire in late 1976, the factory was refurbished to its original state.
- All Saints Episcopal Church – The first church in Bayside, built in 1892, contains examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany‘s work.
- Cornell-Appleton house at 214–33 33rd Road. Archibald Cornell’s wife inherited the 100-acre (0.40 km2) farm from her father more than 160 years ago. This twelve-room house is thought to be one of the oldest in Bayside. With past and continuing research, it has been traced back to 1852. In 1905, the house was sold to Edward Dale Appleton, of the Appleton Publishing Company. Mrs. Appleton and her sister were passengers aboard the RMS Titanic when it hit an iceberg and sank. Both women were rescued by the ship Carpathia. This is the second-oldest home in Queens.
- Corbett House, 221-04 Corbett Rd., the home of world champion boxer “Gentleman Jim” Corbett from 1902 until his death in 1933, and of his widow Vera until her death in 1959.
- 38–39 214th Place, home of Charles Johnson Post (1873–1956), a government official, artist, and political cartoonist whose posthumously published The Little War of Private Post (1960) is one of the classic accounts of the Spanish–American War of 1898.
- 35–25 223rd Street, home of actor W.C. Fields.
- “Authors House”, an attached two-family house with the double addresses of 46–02 215th Street and 214-30 46th Avenue, which has been the home of more authors than any other building in Bayside.
- Gloria Swanson‘s home, 216-07 40th Avenue, was the home of Swanson, famed silent film actress.
- Rudolph Valentino‘s home, 201-10 Cross Island Parkway, was where Valentino, an Italian actor, sex symbol, and early pop icon, lived. It was also once home to Fiorello LaGuardia, the mayor of New York City from 1934–1945. In 1993, the building was converted into a two-floor restaurant/banquet hall named Cafe on the Green. The popular eatery shut down in January 2009 when the city Parks Department forced out the former operators amid reports of mob ties and sloppy finances. The site’s new concessionaire, Friendship Restaurant Group, began a $4 million renovation project February 1, 2009. The new restaurant, Valentino’s on the Green, opened on September 8, 2010.
In popular culture
- The starring characters of the HBO series Entourage are originally from Bayside.[episode needed]
- The character George Costanza from the TV series Seinfeld mentions in the episode The Strike that his family was from Bayside (until they were driven out because of their belief in Festivus).
- The movie Sally of the Sawdust (1925) was filmed in Bayside.
- Bayside is featured in a 1997 episode of NYPD Blue titled “Taillight’s Last Gleaming”. NYPD Lieutenant Arthur Fancy is pulled over driving through Bayside with his wife, by two NYPD officers assigned to a Bayside precinct, for reasons that appear to be racially motivated. Fancy then has the senior officer transferred out of his predominantly white precinct in Bayside to a predominantly black precinct in Brooklyn North as punishment.
- The movie Frequency is set in Bayside. Dennis Quaid‘s character brags that he is from “Bayside, born and raised!”.
- The character Adrian Cronauer played by Robin Williams in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam is from Bayside, Queens. When asked “What are Queens?”, Cronauer responds: “Tall thin men who like show tunes.”
- The movie Pride and Glory had several scenes filmed in Bayside, including the family dinner set in Edward Norton’s father’s house.
- An episode of “The White Shadow” was in part filmed in Bayside. They used Bayside High School, the Bell Blvd. bridge over the Long Island Railroad and the front of De Rolf’s Stationery Store for some dialogue scenes.
- The Reagans’ house in the TV series Blue Bloods is located in Bayside.
- The opening scene in the movie The Devil’s Advocate was filmed at a Pier 25a, a seafood restaurant in Bayside.
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- Peggy Adler (born 1942), author & illustrator of children’s books; investigative researcher; Police Commissioner.
- Rolf Armstrong (1889–1960), painter
- John Barrymore (1882–1942), actor
- Jordan Belfort (born 1962), Wall Street stockbroker who was convicted on fraud charges and whose life story was featured in The Wolf of Wall Street
- Irving Berlin (1888–1989), composer and lyricist
- Patti Ann Browne (born 1965), anchor and reporter
- Michael Chang (born 1972), tennis player
- Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977), actor
- Robert Coates (1897–1973), writer and coiner of term “abstract impressionism.”
- Evan Conti (born 1993), basketball player in Israel for Hapoel Be’er Sheva B.C.
- Jim Corbett (1866–1933), boxer, lived here from 1902 until his death in 1933
- Joseph Cornell (1903–1972), artist
- Frank Costello (1891–1973), prominent gangster, known as the “prime minister of the underworld”
- Jon Daniels (born 1977), General Manager of the Texas Rangers
- Marie Dressler (1868–1934), Academy Award-winning actress who played “Tugboat Annie”
- Richard Dreyfuss (1947– ), actor
- Howard R. Driggs (1873–1963) historian of the Pony Express and the Oregon Trail
- Perry Farrell (1959– ), frontman of Jane’s Addiction
- W.C. Fields (1880–1946), comedian/actor
- John T. Flynn (1882–1964), author, journalist, and leader of the America First Committee
- Danny Frisella (1946–1977) former pitcher for the New York Mets who lived here while playing in ’71 and ’72.
- Charles Ghigna (1946– ), poet and children’s author known as “Father Goose,” born in Bayside
- Jim Gilligan (1946– ), Lamar University baseball coach with over 1,230 career wins
- John Golden (1874–1955), Broadway producer, playwright and lyricist
- Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002), evolutionary biologist
- George Grosz (1893–1959), German-American artist
- Mohammad Salman Hamdani (1977–2001), New York City Police Department cadet and EMT who died assisting victims of the September 11 attacks in New York
- Scott Ian (1963– ), musician
- Ron Jeremy (1953– ), pornographic actor, director
- Judge Thomas Jones (1731–1792), colonial politician
- Mike Jorgensen (1948– ), New York Mets first baseman
- Buster Keaton (1895–1966), comedian/actor
- Robert E. Kramek (born 1939), U.S. Coast Guard Commandant 
- Steve Lawrence (1935– ) and Eydie Gorme (1928–2013), popular singers
- Dan Lilker (1964– ), musician
- Veronica Lueken (1923–1995), alleged Marian visionary
- Bernard Madoff (1938– ), imprisoned financial figure
- Arvind Mahankali (2000– ), 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion
- Richard Milner, historian of science and a singer who stars in the musical ‘Charles Darwin: Live & in Concert.
- Paul Newman (1925–2008), actor
- David Nolan (1946– ), historian and author of Fifty Feet in Paradise
- Anthony Raneri (1982– ), frontman of Bayside
- Donald L. Pilling (1943–2008), Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations
- José Reyes (1983– ), former shortstop for the New York Mets
- Nolan Ryan (born 1947), pitcher, lived here while playing for the New York Mets
- Tom Seaver (born 1944), pitcher, member of Baseball Hall of Fame
- Abe Simon (1913–1969), boxer and actor
- Matt Striker (1974– ), WWE wrestler
- Fred Stone (1873–1959), actor
- Ken Strong (1906–1979), New York Giants running back and kicker, member of Football Hall of Fame
- Gloria Swanson (1899–1983), actress
- Norma Talmadge (1893–1957), actress
- Clark Terry (1920–2015), Hall of Fame musician
- Rudolph Valentino (1895–1926), actor
- Dave Valle (born 1960), MLB player for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Texas Rangers
- Reginald VelJohnson, (born 1952), actor
- Edward Villella (born 1936), ballet dancer
- Christopher Walken (born 1943), actor
- Pearl White (1889–1938), actress, star of “The Perils of Pauline”
- Robert Wilder (1901–1974), author of Flamingo Road and other books and screenplays
- Tony Yayo (1978– ), rapper and member of G-Unit
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- Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy
- PK-8, private
- MTC School
- 6-11, private
- Lowell School (The)
- 3-8, private
- P.S. 130
- n/a, public
- Midrash L’Man Achai
- n/a, private