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Bay Terrace is an affluent neighborhood often considered part of the larger area of Bayside. The area encompasses gated cooperative/condominium developments such as the Bay Club  and Baybridge Condos. Other cooperative/condominium developments include the Towers at Waters Edge, the Kennedy Street Quad, the Bayside Townhouse Condominiums, Bay Country Owners, Bell Owners and others. The gated estate community of the "Bayside Gables" is also located within the Bay Terrace neighborhood, being the site of some of the only single family homes in the area.[19] Bay Terrace overlooks the East River and the approaches to the Throgs Neck Bridge from the Clearview Expressway and Cross Island Parkway. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 7 and title="Queens Community Board 11" Queens Community Board 11, East River and a neighborhood, respectively).  The civic organization serving Bay Terrace is the Bay Terrace Community Alliance (BTCA).

In 1639, Dutch Governor Willem Kieft (1597–1647) purchased the land that today encompasses Queens County from the Matinecock. William Lawrence (1622–1680), who served as a magistrate under Dutch and English administrations, was granted a parcel of land by King Charles II in 1645 that included a large portion of what is today Bayside, in addition to College Point, Whitestone, and Fort Totten. Bayside began its course of development from an agricultural community to a suburb when the North Shore Railroad was extended in 1866. During the following several decades, the Bayside Land Association purchased farms for development. Bay Terrace, originally included within the bounds of Bayside, remained composed of farms and large estates until the 1950s, when Cord and Charles Meyer sold their 225-acre (0.91 km2) farm for development.[23] By 1952, residential development of Bay Terrace Sections 1-12 began and continued into the mid-1960s. The Bay Terrace at Bayside Shopping Center was bui;t in the 1950s.

The New York City Department of City Planning conducted a transportation study of Bay Terrace in 2004.[25] Findings included parking and intersection issues, including poor access to theCross Island Parkway. Eventually, a median will be constructed along the length of 212th street, with increased access to the Cross Island Parkway near the Baybridge Commons Shopping Center and reconstruction of the existing entrance and exit ramps. The Bay Terrace at Bayside Shopping Center plans on adding new storefronts to their plaza. including World Kitchen;Aéropostale; and PM Pediatrics, a state-of-the-art pediatric emergency care facility.  Bay Terrace has the ZIP code 11360. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the estimated 2012 median family income for the census tracts encompassing the Bay Terrace area of New York City exclusively, is $103, 263.   The current population of Bay Terrace, Queens, New York City is 13,392  while the population density is 14,683.8 per square mile.  The median home value of the area is $1,253,000.  The median age of individuals residing in 11360 is 48.9 years.

Oakland Gardens is a middle class neighborhood in the southern part of Bayside, bounded to the north by the Long Island Expressway, to the east by Alley Pond Park, to the south by Union Turnpike (New York)">Union Turnpike, and to the west by Cunningham Park "Whitestone, Queens">Whitestone is to the north, and  Queens Village Bellerose, Queens">Bellerose are to the south and southeast, respectively.  The neighborhood is part of "Queens Community Board 11, Queens Community Board 11. Fredrick Newbold Lawrence built a mansion in the area in 1847 called "The Oaks", and the neighborhood's name probably derives from that estate.  Many people refer to Oakland Gardens as "southern Bayside" because of its proximity and similarity to Bayside. Its Median in is $54,031.


Bayside's Interstate Highway System">Interstate Highways include(New_York)" title="Interstate 295 (New York I-295 and Interstate I-495, Cross Island Parkway. The north end of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway">Brooklyn-Queens Greenway is in Little Bay Park, under the >Throgs Neck Bridge approaches, with convenient connection to the Utopia Parkway bicycle lane. It lies between Cross Island Parkway and Little Neck Bay, connecting Bayside to Douglaston  and to central Queens and Coney Island Francis Lewis Boulevard is a major street notorious for drag racing, which resulted in several fatalities to drivers and pedestrians over the years.

Bayside is connected to Penn Station and to Midtown Manhattan other areas of Queens, and Long Island by the Long Island Rail Road Port Washington Branch railroad station. Many also choose to take the New York City Subway<(New York City Subway service)">7 trains in nearby  at 

Flushing – Main Street station.

After the MTA began Subway Extension">extending the 7 trains of the  westward into Manhattan in 2007, the 2012 fiscal year Community District Needs of Queens report suggests extending the line eastward in order to relieve congestion in  The report states: "It's time for residents and businesses of East Flushing, Bayside, and maybe some parts of Douglaston to share in freeing Downtown Flushing from this growing problem.  It should be noted the original plan for the line in 1935 was to have it end, not in Flushing, but Bell Boulevard near Northern Boulevard.


Local data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (based on samples from 2005 to 2009) shows that the demographics of Bayside changes significantly from area to area. For example the pocket bordered by the Clearview Expressway to the west, Northern Boulevard to the north, Bell Boulevard to the east, and 48th avenue to the south is 40% Asian, 26% Black, 21% Hispanic, and 13% White. Other areas can be up to 71% majority White, mostly inhabited by those of Italian, Greek, and Irish descent.

As of the 2000 United States Census 2000 Census, Whites made up 65.6% of Bayside's population. Of people from this group, Italian Americans, Irish Americans, and Greek Americans were the largest ethnic groups representing 17.6, 12.4, and 7.3% of the population respectively. Polish Americans were 3.5% of the populace. In addition there is a large >Asian American population, as well. Around the mid-1990s, a significant number of families began moving into the area. As of the 2000 Census, Asian Americans made up a significant 22.7% of the neighborhood's population, most of whom were >Korean Americans, who made up 10.4% of the population and Chinese Americans, who made up 9.2% of the populace. There is a small community representing 4.5% of Bayside's population.  made up a mere 0.2% of the neighborhood's population. English language at home with the remaining 47.1% speaking a language other than English. Due to the large Hispanic community, 10.4% of Bayside's population spoke the Spanish language at home. Also, due to a large community of foreign-born European Americans, Indo-European language other than Spanish at home. And in part of the significant Asian American community, 20.7% of the population speak an Asian language at home. The northern part of Bayside, including Bay Terrace, has a large concentration of European Americans, particularly people of Italian heritage. The southern and eastern portions of Bayside have a more ethnically diverse population.

Bayside contains 11,439 housing units. The majority of Bayside's residents are part of family households representing 67.0% of all households with an average household size of 2.59. The median age of Bayside's residents is 38.3 years and 15.0% of residents are over 65 years of age. 83.8% of residents age 25 and over have at least graduated from high school, while 35.0% have a bachelor's degree or higher, making Bayside a more educated community than other American communities.