Little Neck, Long Island
Little Neck is a neighborhood located in the northeast corner of the borough of Queens, Long Island, New York. It is part of Queens Community Board 11. Due to its close proximity to Nassau County , the neighborhood remains one of the most suburban looking areas in New York City.
Little Neck is surrounded by Little Neck Bay on the north, Great Neck on the east, the Grand Central Parkway on the southern border, and Douglaston on the west. The Little Neck station is the easternmost New York City station on the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. It only takes 40 minutes to travel in downtown Manhattan. The latitude of Little Neck is 40.762N. The longitude is -73.738W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 98 feet.
The area was named when Madnan's Neck was divided into two parts namely the Great Neck and Little Neck. Unfortunately, waters in Little Neck are no longer clean enough to support the mollusk population which the original inhabitants used it for a living. The neighborhood is therefore a telling example of how the opposing extremes of conservation concerns on one hand an absolute and debauched neglect on the other, can find their dramatic respective expressions on the fortunes of a neighborhood. The land area is well looked after and its perfect nature and natural assets are zealously guarded. In fact, the Udall's Cove Wildlife Preserve played an important role in preserving the rich culture and natural heritage in town. It nurtures a vast range of biodiversity, provides rich material for researchers and stimulates great interest in ecosystems for the young and uninitiated. Easy access to this wilderness is a key advantage for families resident in Little Neck.
Notable people living in Little Neck include Anthony Raneri (member of Alternative band Bayside), Alan Kalter (announcer on the Late Show with David Letterman), William K. Vanderbilt Jr. (millionaire and early auto enthusiast), and George Tenet (former Director of Central Intelligence for the United States). Little Neck is served by New York City Department of Education school district. It is home to PS 94 David D. Porter, PS 221 North Hills, and Louis Pasteur Middle School. Older students attend the Benjamin Cardoza High School on Springfield Boulevard in neighboring Bayside. A secure net of both religious and secular community organization lends stability and order to Little Neck. The Memorial Day Parade Organization focuses on veterans and patriotic concerns, while the Little Neck Jewish Center and the Community Church of Little Neck provide spiritual support of its residents. The community comprises about a 50 percent Catholic, 35 percent Jewish and 15 percent Protestant. There are lots of shopping centers, fine restaurants, and friendly bars in the locality, which also justify the needs to own a home or to rent a place to stay in Little Neck.