Living in the Hollis Hills neighborhood of Queens

Hollis Hills Apartments

If you're looking for a NY apartment, but want a upper-middle-class suburban feel to your city living experience, then the few available Hollis Hills apartments could be right for you.

 

Located in northeastern Queens, Hollis Hills is bordered to the south by the Grand Central Parkway (and the neighborhood of Queens Village), to the west by Cunningham Park (and Hollis Hills Terrace), to the north by Kingsbury and Richland Avenues (and Oakland Gardens), and the east by Springfield Boulevard (and Alley Pond Park).

 

Hollis Hills is a decidedly leafy enclave of a community, with many quiet, winding streets lined with single-family Tudor, Colonial and Ranch houses on modest to quite large individual lots, including some recently built homes that are borderline mansions.

 

Hollis Hills and Great Schools

The public elementary school in Hollis Hills is excellent -- considered one of the best in all of New York City -- and is a big draw for families. Hollis Hills middle- and high-schoolers must travel to next-door Floral Park and Queens Village, respectively, but these are nearby, free, and, again, very good schools.

 

There is no large commercial center within the neighborhood, and residents of Hollis Hills apartments prefer to do their shopping outside the community. However, there are a few stores and restaurants clustering around a couple of corners on Union Turnpike. Almost needless to say, there is no subway line into Hollis Hills, and commuters drive into work via nearby highways, or take one of several express buses into Manhattan. 

 

Boundless Nature in Hollis Hills

Another huge incentive to live in Hollis Hills are the parks. Alley Pond Park, the second largest in the borough,  features wide swaths of tidal flats, freshwater and saltwater wetlands, forests and meadows, and forests home to a wide variety bird species.

 

There is never a shortage of recreation options in the neighborhood. Hollis Hills also boasts one of the more unusual officially-registered historic landmarks in the city: a section of the old Long Island Motor Parkway.  Built at the turn of the 20th century for automobile racing, the Parkway later evolving into a toll road for "pleasure drivers". Today, the paved, shady road is parkland, no cars allowed, and provides Hollis Hills residents with an ideal path for running, cycling, or walking, and one that links the two main parks of the neighborhood.


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