7.9 out of 10

Richmond Hill

Ranked 4th best neighborhood in Queens
40.6928342049762 -73.8296156264148
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"A roti and a prayer"

The only time that I head to the Richmond Hill neighborhood in Queens is when I need to visit the Gurdwara or the Sikh temple( which is usually once a year during the birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak the founder of the Sikh religion).

Richmond Hill is yet another ethnically diverse neighborhood in Queens which is home to Indo-Caribbean, Sikh, African- American, Hispanic populations. This neighborhood which lies close to JFK airport and near the Jamaica Bay Wildlife preserve is served by the A, J, Z and E lines of the New York City subway.

I usually take the A train to get to the Ozone Park, Lefferts Boulevard station which transports me to the area around Liberty Avenue which is commonly known as South Richmond Hill. It is here that the Gurdwara of the Sikh Cultural Society is located at 118th street. A visit to the Gurdwara is usually followed by a meal at one of the area’s many ‘Trini’ Trinidadian restaurants like Singh’s Roti Shop and Bar and Anil’s Roti Shop and Bakery where we usually gorge on Indo-Caribbean delights like doubles, roti(with rarely found in NYC goat meat), chana, curry chicken and more. A visit to the Little Guyana Bakeshop is also usually included in our expedition.

The real estate landscape in Richmond Hill( South) features small single and multi-family homes while the northern part of the neighborhood which is known as North Richmond is populated by larger, more expensive Tudor style homes which are located within close proximity to the neighborhood’s main patch of green,Forest Park.

South Richmond Hill apparently is known for its raucous Phagwah celebrations and parades which is the Guyanese celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi but I have yet to witness these celebrations first hand.
Pros
  • Great Diversity
  • Good for Indo-Carribean eats
  • Close to JFK airport
Cons
  • South Richmond Hill is always bustling and busy
  • 40 -50 minutes away from Midtown
  • Poor schooling options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Victorian Neighborhood in the middle of NYC"

Richmond Hill North, is the best of all worlds. Full of terrific neighbors, stately architecture, wonderful diversity and close to the subways, busses and the much-overlooked Forest park! An easy commute to Manhattan and a short drive to the Atlantic Ocean beaches. Many beautiful, affordable single family homes. The J-Train runs right by the neighborhood and the E/F Trains are a short 10 minute bus ride away. While nightlife and restaurants are lacking, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens are short (5 minute) drives or a nice walk away.
Pros
  • Convenient to NYC - Great public transportation access
  • Strong Schools
  • Forest Park!
  • Close to JFK airport
  • Great Diversity
  • Diverse housing options
Cons
  • Lack of Restaurants
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Diverse and affordable"

Located in south-central Queens, Richmond Hill is a quiet suburban community with a diverse population of Caribbean and South Asian immigrants, as well as the largest Sikh population in New York City. The town's restaurants reflect this diversity as there are plenty of ethnic food choices. There are also many ethnic festivals that take place throughout the year. The area features numerous traditional wood-frame houses in Victorian, Tudor, and Craftsman styles, most of which are single family homes. The homes are mainly located on quiet tree-lined streets. There are however some multi-family homes, and overall, housing in Richmond Hill covers a pretty wide range of prices. Residents enjoy easy access to Forest Park, where they can enjoy a myriad of recreational activities such as swimming, tennis, golf, outdoor concerts, and a myriad of other fun activities. While the area is serviced by three major subway lines, the commute to Manhattan takes about 45 minutes. Still, Richmond Hill is a popular choice for working professionals with families because it offers a quiet and affordable option. The neighborhood is also close to JFK Airport, which has historically been an issue because of the air traffic noise, but FAA regulations have mainly resolved this problem.
Pros
  • Great ethnic restaurants and festivals
  • Diverse housing options
  • Close to JFK airport
  • Good for Indo-Carribean eats
  • Great Diversity
Cons
  • Boring
  • Some areas are often crowded
  • 40 -50 minutes away from Midtown
  • Poor schooling options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
BenjiS
BenjiS I wouldn't say "diverse" per se. It's Indian or Carribbean. Mainly Indian.
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"Standard Queens fare, some cool celebrity history"

This is a middle class neighborhood that is much what anyone would expect from a visit to the central-southern area of the borough of Queens. There are some commercial spots where residents can get their fill of McDonald’s and the Salvation Army and whatnot, such as on Jamaica Ave and Atlantic Ave. This is not a neighborhood of typical tourist fare, but it does have an interesting history dating back to Revolutionary War battles – so history buffs might find the golf course near where the battlefield was somewhat interesting (okay, maybe not). There is a restaurant out here with some interesting history as well, that of the Triangle Hofbrau, where stars from the twenties and thirties used to hang out (read: Mae West).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
wartman
wartman No mention of the HUGE Guyanese community here? The dozens and dozens of roti shops and Guyanese groceries and bakeries along Liberty Avenue? This poster has never been here.
2yrs+
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3/5
2yrs+

"The northern portion is just charming!"

Richmond Hill is in east central Queens and is surrounded by neighborhoods such as Kew Gardens to the north, Woodhaven to the west, Ozone Park and South Ozone to the south, and Jamaica to the east. An interesting archeological fact is that the actual hill that is referred to as Richmond Hill was created by a glacier that formed Long Island when melted and left behind huge piles of stone that it dragged along the continent.

The overall area is shaped much like a boot and at the ankle region is North Richmond Hill. Here you will find larger and more expensive homes and a close proximity to Forest Park. The homes reflect 20th century tastes, with Craftsman, Tudor Revival, and Italianate style. Large single family homes sit along the chestnut tree lined streets. This northern portion of Richmond Hill is so quiet that you can hear the birds chirping at all hours of the day and night. The neighborhood is also just a short walk to the elevated subway.

Not much night-life goes on in Richmond Hill, in fact most singles head toward the larger areas and midtown for that kind of excitement. Jamaica Avenue cuts through the neighborhood and provides residents a choice of pizza shops, nail salons, 99 cent stores, with signs in both English and Spanish. Head over to Kew Gardens and take in a movie or grab dinner in Forest Hills, especially a nice Italian dinner.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Richmond Hill

1

126th St

3/5
"Family life flourishes here"
40.6940681505729 -73.8212311664014
2

106th St

2.5/5
"Relaxing and comfortable!"
40.6897353005646 -73.8387441166716
3

115th St

2.5/5
"quiet, calm residental street"
40.6957546445176 -73.83261801199

Unranked Streets in Richmond Hill

105th St

2/5
"On 105th Street"
40.6892552590266 -73.8395102830159

107th St

4.5/5
"Beautiful Victorian neighborhood in the middle of NYC"
40.691114149667 -73.8384201667709

112th St

2.5/5
"You know the name"
40.6943275429814 -73.8348600688432

114th St

3.5/5
"Life, Lodging, and Baseball"
40.6943064115295 -73.8328791828543

116th St

3.5/5
"Very quiet and nice"
40.693606914908 -73.8306428559049

119th St

3.5/5
"Lefferts Boulevard Has Everything you Need"
40.6934353381848 -73.8276994953895

88th Ave

1/5
"On 88th Avenue"
40.6949509980517 -73.8404079156401

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