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With our sights set on areas like Long Island City and Ridgewood, we had a general idea for the type of neighborhood that we were looking for; the type of street we were looking for. Most important to us, we were looking for a pet friendly home that was also near mass transit and the highway so I could get to Midtown and my other half could get to Long Island for work.

Corporal Kennedy St. in Bayside, New York, beat out everything else that we looked at. On the eastern side of Flushing, Bayside remains one of the safest neighborhoods in Queens. The apartments were bigger, the streets were cleaner, and there were plenty of necessities steps away from where we settled in.

Corporal Kennedy is a small stretch from just before 26th Avenue through to Northern Boulevard. On the 26th Avenue end sits Bay Terrace Shopping Mall where you will find a newly renovated and Peapod delivery service equipped Stop N’ Shop grocery store, an AMC Loews movie theater with seats you can reserve ahead of time, restaurants like the freshly added Allora Italian Kitchen & Bar, and just about every style of clothing under the sun (Aldo, American Eagle, Gap, Express, New York & Company, you name it.) Best of all, there’s a brand new Home Goods that makes it much easier to cozy up your home to fit the vibe of the area.

Moving south on Corporal Kennedy, you’ll find an architectural masterpiece, Bayside High School. Bringing a youthful life to the area, teens from all over the borough can be found school also offers a variety of community activities. One added benefit of such a large public high school is that there are plenty of buses that make their way up Corporal Kennedy to accommodate the students and faculty.

The majority of Corporal Kennedy is a divided two-lane road featuring some of the most beautiful houses in Bayside. The area leans toward middle to middle-upper class with a diverse demographic of languages and cultures represented. This diversity is brought to life just steps away on Bell Boulevard. Bell Boulevard was featured in The New York Times as a nightlife hotspot. Restaurants and bars make up the majority of the main thoroughfare and just about all of Bayside takes advantage of the amazing food and drinks (not to mention there is a pizzeria on just about every block.) Living on Corporal Kennedy, you get the benefits of the nightlife without the bustle of living on the boulevard. On top of the great drinks and music, you can find  a taste of just about every cuisine from Italian to Indian and everything in between.

Corporal Kennedy St. is also all about proximity and convenience. The Bayside Train Station (an express stop on the Long Island Rail Road) will get you to and from New York City in less than 30 minutes. Easy access to the Clearview Expressway (the direct line up to the Throgs Neck Bridge the Bronx and beyond, the Cross Island Parkway, the Long Island Expressway, and the Northern State are all reachable just minutes from your home. You can get just about anywhere, in any which way, from Corporal Kennedy St.