Visit Little Neck in Queens, NY – bike, stroll, and watch wildlife
Little Neck in Queens, New York, is a residential neighborhood, not a park. Its appeal, however, is that of a park which borders on an important body of water and a salt marsh preserve.
The community is surrounded by water with views that include the adjacent Little Neck Bay and the Throgs Neck Bridge, a 2,910-foot suspension bridge that passes over the East River where it connects to the Long Island Sound.
The area of Little Neck covered in this article is marked below.
While you shouldn’t plan on having a picnic in the city proper, touring it is a delight. The best way to see everything is on a bike, but walking is also easy, although you won’t cover as much ground. If you drive around it, you’ll need to pay attention to some one-way streets.
To begin your tour, start at Point  on the map, which is the intersection of approximately 36 Avenue and Park Lane. Travel up West Drive until its end, at Point . Turn left onto Shore Road, a one-way street heading south, and drive along it until you return to Point , finishing the loop.
To the right of West Drive you’ll see Throgs Neck Bay and the entrance to the East River as marked by Throgs Neck Bridge
Beautiful water views remain in sight as you continue your ride. If you are in a car, periodically stop to take pictures, but do so quickly as parking is not allowed on the street.
To the left of West Drive are beautiful homes, all nestled on wooded lots. Unlike today’s “McMansions,” many of these homes were built in the early 1900s when the community was still a fishing village, although few signs of its humble origins can be seen today. The private community fishing pier (seen above), for example, currently needs repair and is the subject of a fund-raising drive.
The area between Point  and Point  takes you along a marshy area to the east and more beautiful homes on the west. There you can explore the Udalls Cove Park Preserve, a New York City park which was created in 1972 to protect the wetlands from being destroyed by the push of city development. The community of Little Neck provides an online guide to hiking trails in this area.
If you enjoy bird watching, Udalls Cove Park Preserve is the place to visit! Check their active Facebook page and meet (and possibly arrange to join) some of their enthused volunteers during your visit.
If you enjoy seeing neighborhoods built before lovely shore communities were taken over by multi-family condos and yards guarded by fences so tall that you can’t see homes, systematically crisscross the city. Keep in mind that Shore Road runs from north to south, so begin your back and forth travel at the city’s tip.
- A 1986 New York Times article about Little Neck
- A 2014 Wall Street Journal article about Little Neck – article might be restricted to WSJ subscribers
- Udalls Cove & Ravine Natural Resource Area – a salt marsh
- Exploring Udalls Cove – Community volunteers chart its trails
- Udalls Cove Preservation Committee on Facebook
- Wikipedia article on the Throgs Neck Bridge
- Dining opportunities via TripAdvisor
- Dining opportunities via Yelp
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