Queens Village Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"You don’t get much farther off the beaten tourist path than Queens Village. It’s out in the eastern reaches of the borough, surrounded by residential neighborhoods that don’t receive many outside visitors. And what’s with that redundant name, anyway? The neighborhood was Queens—yeah, just Queens—until the Long Island Rail Road insisted on clarity and tacked “Village” onto the name of the station in 1924. The LIRR gets to Manhattan in just half an hour, so Queens Village is really not as remote as it may seem. Nonetheless, this is a semiadventurous walk in that it’s not a place tailor-made for sightseeing. It has some quirky history: The National Pigeon Shooters Association built a park in the area, complete with grandstand and pavilion, in 1899. The Grand American, an annual shooting competition held there, was a big deal—for three years. Then people started to lose interest in live target shooting, and the whole enterprise went bankrupt in 1902. A community called Bellaire, developed on the old shooting grounds, constitutes the western half of Queens Village. This walk stays in Queens Village proper, east of 212th St."