East Elmhurst, Long Island
East Elmhurst is a culturally diverse area located in the borough of Queens, Long Island, New York. It is part of Queens Community Board 3. The neighborhood is within the north of Jackson Heights and Corona. The exact borders are somewhat arguable. The neighborhood is often thought to include the entire area north of Northern Boulevard to LaGuardia Airport, between the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Shea Stadium. East Elmhurst comprises largely of moderate-income families, but also has some low-income and impecunious areas. It is also compromised of Trainsmeadow, which is the western section of the neighborhood. It is patrolled by the New York Police Department’s 115th Precinct. The latitude of East Elmhurst is 40.761N. The longitude is -73.865W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 75 feet.
In 1905, the neighborhood is composed mainly of private homes on neat plots. The best ones have great views of Flushing Bay and some are right by the sand. Ditmars Boulevard brings shopping and some commercial units to the residential environs of East Elmhurst. People can shop for most needs without having to move out of the locality for routine stores and supplies. Despite crime declines versus peaks during the crack epidemic, violent crime still continues to be a problem in the area. East Elmhurst was also a site of Gala Amusement Park, demolished in the 1930s to make way for LaGuardia Airport.
East Elmhurst is home to many different ethnic groups. They feel free to retain flavors of their roots, even as they become productive members of American society, and contribute to Queens in different ways. Notable current and former residents in East Elmhurst include Eric B., P.J. Hill, Langston Hughes, Kwame, Helen Marshall, and many more. The residents also bring diverse languages and customs as cultural offerings, when they choose to live in this locality. Schools in East Elmhurst offers high quality of education and one of them is the Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School that is exclusively for all-boys catholic school in grades 9-12. The neighborhood Public Library is located in Astoria Boulevard. The library provides an excellent platform for adults and continuous education and for those who would like to invest in their self-development. The East Elmhurst Playground precedes the establishment of the town with its current name. Local authorities have invested in upgrading play and recreation facilities periodically, and it brings valuable exercise and enjoyment to children of East Elmhurst. The National Flag and those of New York City and the Department of Parks flutter with pride in the center of the playground. There are also several prestigious hotels in East Elmhurst such as Marriott and Crowne Plaza, with modernized guest rooms, stylish restaurants and fitness to modest options including Clarion and the Airway Motor Inn that offer good value for money. Some of the hotels are on Ditmars Boulevard and hence close to the shopping area.