Bayside Professional Review and Guide
"Bayside contains everything from a glacial pond to a college campus to a suburban-style mall, but it’s thought of primarily as a residential neighborhood—and a highly desirable one at that. It encompasses at least half a dozen subdivisions and smaller communities. This walk, for instance, begins in Bellcourt, which was developed from the last parcel of Abraham Bell’s farm to be sold off by his descendants. It concludes in exclusive Bayside Gables, to which automobile access is controlled by gate. Throughout Bayside, homes from a century ago stand side by side with McMansions of a much more recent vintage. Its history goes back to colonial times, when it was settled as an eastern offshoot of Flushing. In the 1930s and ’40s, a sixlane highway was laid between the neighborhood and its namesake bay. Fortunately, the Cross Island Pkwy. has a few pedestrian overpasses, and one of them ushers you to a wonderful shorefront trail. Between that segment and traipsing through two parks, this route has plenty of off-street walking."