Eclectic food and shopping, and limitless transportation options — the urban dream is attainable for a reasonable price in Elmhurst.
Though it may seem far from the action, the dense and bustling neighborhood of Elmhurst, Queens, is a major hub for commerce and transportation. The E, F, M, R, and 7 trains; the Long Island Rail Road; the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway; and the Long Island Expressway all run through Elmhurst, making Manhattan accessible in 20 minutes. This surfeit of commuting options also contributes to a decidedly frenetic feel, with the constant buzz amplified by Elmhurst's busy commercial scene. There are two malls here, along with countless big-box stores, groceries, medical offices, and restaurants. In fact, the wealth of eateries makes this one of the city's best neighborhoods for culinary exploration. In addition to transportation and commerce, the central Queens enclave has plenty of housing stock: a mixture of two-family houses, apartment buildings, and condos, all priced well below Manhattan standards.