Middle Village is a community of townhomes and houses (and some Coops and apartments) that abuts Forest Hills and Rego Park to the east, Glendale to the south, Ridgewood to the west and Elmhurst and the LIE to the north. The physical center of it is the large Juniper Valley Park, a former swamp where American Revolutionary forces hid from the British in the War for Independence. It historically has been a safe community of mostly modestly-sized brick townhomes and houses, many of which have been passed down in the same family since they were built in the 1920’s and 30’s. Residents are also known for their enthusiastic decorations for Christmas, Easter and other holidays. It has a strong family and residential feel.
At the west end at the higher elevations, there are panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Public transportation is mostly by bus but there is a M stop on Metropolitan Avenue near the southern border, which heads into Brooklyn. There is also easy access to Manhattan via the LIE and multiple subways options in nearby Rego Park or Forest Hills.
There is a quiet but useful and convenient commerce district along Elliot and Caldwell Ave near the northern end as well as multiple restaurants and services along Woodhaven Blvd. There are multiple cemeteries in and around Middle Village including St. John’s, burial site of alleged mobster John Gotti.
Prices are significantly less expensive than Forest Hills but still with lots of charm.