Douglaston and Little Neck Professional Review and Guide
"Before there was Douglas Manor, there was the Douglas manor, a lush 175-acre family estate that New York’s social elite visited for yachting, polo, and R&R. In 1906 Rickert-Finlay developers bought the land and created Douglas Manor, the earliest of Queens’ 20th-century planned communities. As designed by Rickert-Finlay, Douglas Manor’s roads follow the natural curves and slopes of the land, all houses are situated within a mile of the train station, and the waterfront is communally owned and maintained by the homeowners’ association. Of Douglas Manor’s many spectacular homes, none are more enviably positioned than those on Shore Rd., with their unimpeded views of the boat-filled harbor and Throgs Neck Bridge. Now a landmarked district, Douglas Manor is the focal point of this walk, but it includes other historic and scenic gems of Douglaston and Little Neck, the two neighborhoods on the Little Neck peninsula. At the end, you are but a sixth of a mile from the Nassau County line—and you’ll understand why this is known as the gold coast of Queens."