5.5 out of 10

East Elmhurst

Ranked 44th best neighborhood in Queens
40.7614781530512 -73.8648326787089
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Diversity & Convenience"

East Elmhurst is a small and diverse community that boasts some of the best aspects of life in Queens. Residents can enjoy the convenient and numerous public transportation links, affordable housing, relatively easy commute to Manhattan, proximity to the area's two major airports, and access to Flushing Meadow Corona Park. While there are some high rise apartment complexes, most of the housing in East Elmhurst is in the form of single and multi-family homes. The population is incredibly diverse, with a good mix of Italians, Greeks, Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans. The school district is fairly good, and the town boasts an excellent public library with collections in several different languages, such as Chinese, French, Spanish, and Hindi. You can also visit the Langston Hughes library and the Black Heritage Reference Center. This is a very residential area and it certainly isn't what one might expect of New York City, but it offers a fairly cheap alternative for people who want suburban living without going too far from Manhattan. The downside is that it can get boring and that this isn't the most aesthetically pleasing area of New York.
  • Affordable
  • Close to airports
  • Convenient public transportation links
  • Boring
  • Not visually appealing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Culturally Diverse Area"

East Elmhurst is a neighborhood located in north central Queens surrounded by the LaGuardia Airport to the north, Jackson Heights to the west, North Corona to the south, and a bit of Flushing Meadow Corona Park to the east. 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. This has yet to be proven.

East Elmhurst is a highly culturally diverse area. The community was once home to such notable people as Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, and Jackie Robinson. The neighborhood of East Elmhurst is located in Community Board 3 and is protected by the New York Police Department's 115th Precinct. Over the past few years, crime in this area that was once high, has been seen on the decreasing trend.

There are a few private schools in the area, including Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School, an all boys catholic school, and St. Gabriel School, a co-ed catholic school for grades PK-8.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

"Residential, Middle Class Area"

This is a mostly middle class neighborhood, though there are some low-income spots. This is an uber-residential area, great for families or anyone who wants to live on a peaceful street in the big city. It’s not very close to Manhattan (which is a highly prized quality in any of the neighborhoods of the other boroughs), but this is a Queens neighborhood that has plenty of claims to fame – Langston Hughes and Malcolm X were both residents at one time. Though his area has long been a haven for the Afro-Caribbean population, more and more Latino immigrants making the middle class transition are moving in here.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in East Elmhurst

Butler St

"safe residential street, but lots of airport noise"
40.7649217994062 -73.8645033793806

Couch Pl

"Nice, and safe access road"
40.761244000602 -73.8627969972357

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