5.4 out of 10

Oakland Gardens

Ranked 46th best neighborhood in Queens
40.7366670006998 -73.7587730608481
Great for
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Students


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"One of my favorite suburbs"

Many people confuse this area with Bayside, its neighbor to the north. Oakland Gardens is a wonderfully clean and quiet area with a small collection of stores, restaurants, and excellent schools. In particular, many of the area's families choose to live here because it is home to highly competitive Cardozo High School. Many of the homeowners in the area rent rooms or apartments to students studying at Queensborough Community College. Cunningham Park is the area's main recreational spot; many of the residents have picnics or barbecues here during the summer. However, it's hard to get a nice spot, so always go early! There is little in the way of shopping, but the shops in Fresh Meadows or Bay Terrace are within a short driving distance away. There are plenty of bus stops, it is hard to get to most places unless you drive. However, the neighborhood offers easy access to the Long Island Expressway. Despite the fact that it is such a small and quiet town, parking is pretty hard to come by - particularly near the co-op villages. I'm told that on certain streets, you can hear the noise from the highway, but I've never heard it myself. The area's residents tend to be families with children or retirees, and most are very friendly.
  • Cunningham Park
  • Plenty of quick options for food
  • Too many co-op and apartment buildings make it hard to find parking.
  • Few healthier dining options
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

"Strange NYC neighborhood, but seems nice enough"

This neighborhood reminds me of a college campus – there are plenty of high-rise square brick apartment buildings and plenty of greenery (during warmer seasons), which includes trees that don’t look as if they were planted there a few months earlier. The neighborhood seems peaceful and clean, which is a much-appreciated aspect of any New York City neighborhood. There seems to be more parking in this Queens neighborhood than is generally found in the city, as well – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of cars in the streets already.

"A superb nearby park and excellent high school"

Oakland Gardens is a northeastern Queens neighborhood that is surrounded by Bayside to the north, Alley Park to the east, Queens Village to the south, and Cunningham Park to the west.

One of the best public high schools in New York City is located in Oakland Gardens, the Benjamin N. Cardoza High School. The high school poses quite a draw for many families wanting their children to study at one of the state’s elite high schools.

There are many eateries in Oakland Gardens, but most are chain style restaurants. There are few really good traditional or native places to eat. If you want your share of fast-food burger joints, then you will probably like this area.

Nearby Cunningham Park provides residents with any kind of outdoor entertainments. The wooded areas are a great place to walk (in a group). There are also fields to play cricket, baseball, and tennis, trails to walk the dog, and scenic routes to jog or bicycle.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in Oakland Gardens

188th St

"The easiest way from here to there"
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193rd St

"Good street by school"
40.7229584534043 -73.7739038778523

209th St

"East 209th Street"
40.7435910346923 -73.7662252250538

212th St

"Not that great"
40.7353841578394 -73.7597791651226

223rd St

"Watch out when driving this street"
40.7352176683689 -73.7475656418835

82nd Ave

"Lived in This Area During Nursing School"
40.7321042899008 -73.7561374767864

F Lewis Blvd

"Nice busy street"
40.7264828274652 -73.7663782752814
"Close to college"
40.7340760114738 -73.7647001735126
"Plenty to choose from!"
40.7251645228438 -73.7665517547994

Peck Ave

"Things to do in and around Cunningham Park"
40.7361182003558 -73.7574981546094

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