NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Both residential and commercial, Woodside, Queens, is a neighborhood of contrasts. Busy streets like Woodside Avenue filled with small businesses are just blocks from tree-lined ones that seem worlds away from the hustle and bustle.
Woodside is also thought to be the center of New York City. It's a hotly debated topic made a little more believable by a plaque embedded in the ground at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 58th Street.
You can't talk about Woodside without mentioning Calvary Cemetery. It's one of the oldest cemeteries in America and with more than 3 million burials it's the largest.
One of the most popular houses of worship is St. Sebastian's Roman Catholic Church. This place was originally a Loews Theatre that opened in 1926 playing silent movies.
Roosevelt Avenue is considered the main thoroughfare of Woodside. It's also a big transportation hub. You can access the LIRR, hop on the subway, or get a bus to Manhattan or LaGuardia Airport.
And while there aren't any big parks here, Doughboy Park is a small gem that gets high marks for both its simplicity and history. "Doughboy" was the nickname given to U.S. soldiers in World War I. This park honors them and all our fallen heroes.
Woodside is often referred to as Little Manila because of its large population of residents from the Philippines. For Filipino delicacies, I heard that the food at "Krystal's Cafe" on Roosevelt Avenue and 69th Street is outstanding. The name certainly is.
In a nutshell, Woodside is a quiet community filled with friendly people and a ton of diversity.