But for the fickle finger of geographic boundaries, Bayside, at the northeastern edge of Queens, could be considered a Long Island town. Its manicured lawns; sometimes tasteful, sometimes gaudy home design; and the profusion of white kids going for the gangsta-hard thing would feel at home in the Five Towns. Fittingly: hop in the car and head east on Northern Boulevard from Bell Boulevard, and in less than five minutes, you're out of the city. It even has its own suburb-like Inspiration Point in the romantic parking lot near Fort Totten (alas, the Parks Department doesn't advertise it as such). That's fine though, because there's more than enough prime green space and opportunities for leisure activity, and more than a few nightlife options (though some are, admittedly, cornier than others). Bayside is home to the one of the densest populations of city cops, firefighters, and service workers, and that helps it retain its "everybody knows everybody" feel—an increasing rarity in this city of strangers. With its consistently high-performing schools and low-crime streets, Bayside is rightfully felt by residents to be a great place to raise a family, suburb-style, without... More >>>