Glen Oaks, Long Island
Glen Oaks is a neighborhood located in the borough of Queens, Long Island, New York. It is part of Queens Community Board 13. Union Turnpike serves as the main commercial road in the neighborhood along with Hillside Avenue to the south which runs though Floral Park and Bellerose. Glen Oaks is surrounded by Grand Central Parkway, Hillside Avenue, Grand Central Parkway, and the Nassau County line. It spread out over 110 acres and consists of 2,904 garden style apartments in 134 buildings. The neighborhood is ideally situated on the border of Queens and Nassau County on one side and the Queens County Farm Museum on the other side. Domesticated animals such as cows, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, ducks, and geese can be found in this part of New York City. The latitude of Glen Oaks is 40.747N. The longitude is -73.712W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 118 feet.
After World War II, the area was converted for mass housing. Military personnel returning home from different theaters of war were to be the beneficiaries, but apartment rents in 3 figures have resulted in people from the third world with new visas and passports settling here in large numbers. Glen Oaks Village is ideally situated nearby many of the major highways. It only took over one half of an hour away from Manhattan. Commuting to Manhattan is a breeze with the Q46 or the QM1 express bus. The QM1A goes to different Queens end points such as 260th Street/Union Turnpike and North Shore Towers. For those who prefer an even quicker commute, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Little Neck Station is just a mile-and-a-half away, and 35 minutes from Manhattan. Glen Oaks is also a self managed co-op which means its employees work for the cooperative corporation, Glen Oaks Village Owners, Inc and not an outside management company.
There are two Elementary Schools and District 26 that covers Glen Oaks has an enviable academic record. In fact, schools in district 26 have been ranked among the best in the NYC public school system. The local branch of the Queens Public Library has an admirable collection of materials in some of the many languages of the Indian sub-continent. Glen Oaks is an ideal place to live because it is among of the lowest crime rate in any part of Queens. It has also a private security patrolling the property 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The neighborhood has plentiful outdoor sports and recreation facilities. These include 2 lighted tennis courts, a 3 wall outdoor racquetball court, 1 bocce court, 6 playgrounds and a community room available for parties and social gatherings. There are two important institutions in Glen Oaks. One is the Queens County Farm Museum and the other is the Zucker Hillside Hospital. The museum lends some rustic charm to Glen Oaks and exhibits contain a complete set of tools used over the centuries to look after and to harvest crops.