Floral Park, Queens
|Neighborhoods of New York City|
|Area code(s)||718, 347, 917|
Floral Park is a middle class neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. It is adjacent to the Village of Floral Park, which is in Nassau County. It may be distinguished from the latter by the use of the designation "North Floral Park" with a Zip Code of 11004. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.
Union Turnpike is the border between the neighborhoods, with Glen Oaks to the north. The other boundaries of Floral Park are roughly Little Neck Parkway (252nd Street) to the west, Langdale Street to the east, and a diagonal boundary from Hillside at 271 to Jericho Turnpike at 257 to the south.
Floral Park is a middle-class neighborhood that consists mostly of Cape Cod-style houses. Most of the houses were built after World War II to accommodate returning soldiers. Veterans today make up 11 percent of all residents in Floral Park, versus 6 percent citywide.
MTA New York City Transit buses serve Floral Park on the Q43, providing service to Jamaica-179th Street and Jamaica Center, the Q46, running to Kew Gardens, as well as the re-inaugurated Q79 service as part of an extended Q36 on Little Neck Parkway and X68 express route to Midtown Manhattan. MTA Bus Company operates the QM5 and QM6 express lines from nearby Glen Oaks and Lake Success, respectively, to Midtown Manhattan. The neighborhood is also served by Nassau Inter-County Express on the n22, n22L, and n22A.
The Floral Park station, located in Nassau County proper, is the closest service on the Long Island Rail Road Hempstead Branch which travels to Jamaica station and to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.
Notable former and current residents include:
- Robert Mapplethorpe, photographer, was born and raised in Floral Park, Queens, where members of his family attended Our Lady of the Snows Catholic School.
- Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
- Hughes, C.J. (December 16, 2007). "A Town Center at City’s Edge". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Glueck, Grace. "Fallen Angel", The New York Times, June 25, 1995. Accessed October 14, 2007. "Growing up in a blue-collar precinct of Floral Park and steeped in Catholicism, Mapplethorpe developed -- to his alarm -- an adolescent interest in gay pornographic magazines."
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