Long known as a working class, Irish enclave tucked under the No. 7 subway line in the western portion of Queens, Woodside is a neighborhood with a multicultural flavor, affordable housing and an extremely convenient location.
Woodside is a short 20 minute (or less) subway ride from Midtown Manhattan. The Long Island Rail Road and The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge are also nearby. The community is bordered on the south by Maspeth, on the north by Astoria, on the west by Sunnyside and on the east by Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. According to law enforcement officials, the 108th Precinct, which covers Woodside, traditionally has some of the lowest crime rates in the city.
The Bulova Watch Company that manufactures watches and clocks is headquartered in Woodside where it has made innovations in watch making and developed numerous watch making tools. The company was founded and incorporated in 1875 by Joseph Bulova, a Bohemian (now Czech Republic) immigrant who settled into the area.
If you were to stroll through Woodside today you’re likely to see burgeoning Bangladeshi and Filipino populations, Mexican, Korean and Indonesian businesses mixed in alongside numerous Irish pubs where the Guinness is flowing, the accents authentic and football is soccer.
It Takes a Village
In 1860, the road we know today as Northern Boulevard was built to connect the town of Flushing with the 34th Street Ferry to Manhattan. In 1867, residential neighborhood developer Benjamin W. Hitchcock purchased a 115-acre farm, split it up into lots and two years later sold them, creating the village of Woodside.