15. Jackson Heights
Roosevelt Ave. to Grand Central Parkway, Junction Blvd./Jackson Mill Rd./94th St. to BQE
Jackson Heights offers something that most Queens neighborhoods don’t: appealing older housing stock. Many of the apartments and co-ops in its extensive historic district feature private gardens. Transit, however, is a challenge: Although Jackson Heights is blanketed with subway stations, commutes to midtown can be sluggish, averaging about 25 minutes.
16. Long Island City
Newtown Creek to 36th St., Northern Blvd./Queens Blvd./Van Dam St. to East River
A discordant mishmash of artists and investment bankers—its twin totems are P.S. 1 and the Citigroup building—Long Island City has one foot planted in Queens (excellent diversity) and the other in Manhattan (very favorable commute times to midtown). Still, the seams sometimes show, as the neighborhood has a fairly high crime rate and poor public schools.