4.0 out of 10

St. Albans

Ranked 50th best neighborhood in Queens
40.6862327378715 -73.7621495042237
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Cost of Living
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"Not the best town in Queens, but it has an interesting history"

Located in southeastern Queens, St. Albans is a fairly typical suburban community but it has a fascinating cultural history. About three square miles, it is the hometown of Ella Fitzgerald and Roy Campanella. The population has some diversity but is still overwhelmingly African American. There is a very wide range of housing options, but most of the homes are pretty cheap (at least by New York City standards). Prices dropped even more as this area was hit hard by the recent foreclosure crisis. This town has had a bad reputation for crime and drug use, but it has improved in recent years. Still, as the crime rate improved and more developers worked on the area, the town became overcrowded, causing new problems. For example, noise and parking became issues for residents. While there are shops and restaurants on both Linden Boulevard and Farmers Boulevard, there certainly aren't too many trendy or upscale stores. Residents do enjoy access to Roy Wilkins Park and the Black Spectrum Theater. The town's school district is nothing to brag about; its schools usually perform below average. Transportation is also pretty inconvenient. There are buses, but there is no subway stop and the Long Island Rail Road lines that run nearby require transferring at Jamaica in order to get to Manhattan.
Pros
  • Interesting history
  • Affordable
  • Diverse
Cons
  • Some areas are overcrowded
  • Lack of diverse public transportation links
  • Bad reputation for safety
Recommended for
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Cool Vibe, Neighborhood Needs Some Work"

This is a great place for music buffs to visit – especially those of a jazz inclination, as many jazz greats have called this neighborhood home, and the remnants of the jazz-infused decade of the forties is still apparent here. The neighborhood has known problems with crime in the past (it was a big deal in the eighties), but during recent years many people starting moving into the neighborhood (as rents went up elsewhere in the city), leaving it a bit overpopulated. Still, the neighborhood struggles on to preserve its own history – perhaps tourists shouldn’t visit here after dark, especially if they don’t really know where they’re going. For people who are thinking of moving in, another thing to be aware of is the fact that the neighborhood is a good train ride into the city.
2/5
2yrs+

"Former Jazz Musicians and Famous Golfers Lived Here"

St. Albans is a residential neighborhood in Queens that is surrounded by other communities like Jamaica, to the west, South Jamaica also to the west, Springfield Gardens to the southwest, Laurelton to the south, Cambria Heights to the east, and Hollis to the north.

The area is famous for many jazz musicians that used to live in the neighborhood in some of the larger homes, particularly in the western portion of the community known as Addisleigh Park. The overall housing in St. Albans consists of detached, one and two family homes. The area has a neighborly feel and is very suburban in nature.

In 1915, the St. Albans Golf Course was built and was the draw for many famous golfers. The Great Depression forced the golf course to sell to the government and later it was developed into the St. Naval Hospital. The hospital service thousands and thousands of war victims, especially the World War II veterans. In 1974, the hospital was turned over to the Veterans Administration and today stands as the Veterans Administration St. Albans Primary and Extended Care Facility.

Linden Boulevard is the major shopping street in the neighborhood and is where you will find most café’s, retail shops, and restaurants.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in St. Albans

1

Ludlum Ave

2/5
"A slice of the great american pie"
40.7050477778512 -73.7683627930295
2

200th St

2/5
"Take some time out"
40.695804211026 -73.7528074440525

Unranked Streets in St. Albans

Hollis Ave

2.5/5
"Dirty, Cheaper than downtown, Noisy"
40.7064087566778 -73.7595043873158

Wells Ave

2.5/5
"Almost everything you need"
40.6797425011121 -73.7529119989576

104th Ave

2.5/5
"Connecting North to South"
40.7059538123699 -73.7694807234922

115th Ave

4/5
"Incredible Nice Looking Neighborhood"
40.6926576172364 -73.770531484821

120th Ave

2.5/5
"Residental area good for kids"
40.6878395297448 -73.7573577902672

165th St

3.5/5
"Great Shopping Area"
40.6864601417918 -73.7822273556607

194th St

1/5
"West 194th Street"
40.6965523219166 -73.7596204155078
"On Camden Avenue"
40.7035115075974 -73.7722085177564

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