Neighboring Douglaston’s east side, many often consider Little Neck as part of the larger city it borders. Despite being labeled as a single entity, Little Neck offers it’s own elements of real estate sophistication.
The neighborhood’s name stems from the delicious Littleneck Clams that can be found in Little Neck Bay. In the 19th century these clams were so sought after that not only were they served in New York City’s most sophisticated restaurants, but they were also exported to multiple European nations where they were elements of fine dining in the capital cities.
It’s other neighbor, Great Neck, marks Little Neck as a border between Queens and Nassau Counties. Houses in Little Neck tend to be similar to those in Great Neck and Douglaston; many single-family dwellings with lush grass and treelined streets occupy this area. Because the area is so close to Nassau, it tends to be known as one of the most suburban-looking areas of New York City and when traveling down side streets of Great Neck or Little Neck, many don’t realize when they cross the border. An advantage Little Neck holds over Great Neck is lower taxes, while still being able to hop on the LIRR, and one stop closer to the city than Great Neck as well. As for those who prefer to drive, Little Neck is conveniently nestled between Northern Boulevard, the Long Island Expressway and the Cross Island Parkway.
Little Neck can be broken down into several sub-neighborhoods including Westmorland, Little Neck Hills, Beech Hills, Deepdale, Little Neck Park, Marathon Park and Pines. The Douglaston & Little Neck Historical Society offers extensive histories of each area in addition to authentic photography from as far back as the 1850s. Those interested in Little Neck’s history can learn about the town’s first school and the construction of the Rail Road among other moments in history.
Located right on the western side of Little Neck, Alley Pond is a gem of the natural world amidst the bustling traffic of Queens. The park has an Environmental Center and over 635 acres of forests, meadows, ponds and fresh/saltwater marshes.