Whitestone is one of those neighborhoods that’s perfectly placed to access the big city while still having a peaceful life and having everything you need within walking distance. It’s in Northern Queens on the East River, just North of Flushing and Murray Hill.
While there’s no subway or train service in Whitestone, it’s only a short bus ride to connect to the #7 subway line for speedy access to Manhattan. Bridges at either end of Whitestone put you straight on route 95 while the Cross Island Parkway borders to the south of the neighborhood, so it’s a breeze to get away to Long Island, upstate or New England.
The area is home to around 39,150 as of the 2010 Census, a figure that’s held steady this century. There’s a remarkably even split between various age categories, so it’s a great place for families and retirees. It’s home to five public schools (four elementary and one middle) plus private school options for all ages.
Although Whitestone’s certainly not the greenest of neighborhoods, Francis Lewis Park offers a chance to relax in nature or take part in several sports including more offbeat activities such as handball and bocce.
Whitestone’s a particularly cosmopolitan area: while just over 75 percent of residents are white, many nationalities are represented and there’s a flourishing Chinese community. Indeed, Whitestone is home to one of the largest Chinese language newspapers outside of China itself.
Apartments in Whitestone are more limited than in some areas, but there are still plenty of options. The Malba area of Whitestone, to the west of the neighborhood, is a more affluent area made up mainly of large homes. The waterfront is naturally where prices are highest, so you may have to hunt harder for an affordable apartment. The rest of the city is likely to be your best starting point when looking for Whitestone apartment rentals.