Irish Woodside

14 03 2011

St. Patricks Day is a few days away and I would like to commemorate what my hometown has to offer.  Woodside is my hometown and the main core of Irish pubs.  For those of you 7 train straphangers coming home from work get off 61st Woodside and grab a refreshing Guiness at the pubs here.

Many of the Irish settled here during the industrial revolution and became the largest Irish community in Queens until today.  The Woodside train station (Long Island Railroad LIRR/7 train stop, known today) was orginally constructed in 1869 by the Flushing and North Side Railroad which was then required by the LIRR in 1876. This was the first train stop for commuters going roundtrip to Manhattan.  During the 1930s, the Irish population was approximately 80% (source: The New York Irish by Timothy Meagher) many settled in Woodside because of the convenient train station stop for the many construction workers during the industrial revolution.

Today, I would have to say that the Woodside Station is by far the most convenient commuting station in Queens.  The 7 train runs a express line for morning and night rush hours and Woodside is one of the express stops.  In addition, there is the LIRR which is a 15 minute commute to 34st Penn Station in Manhattan and the Woodside LIRR travels all the way to the cleanest beach of New York, Long Beach.

Woodside is still considered to be one of the largest Irish communities with many diverse ethnic groups that have settled here throughout the 1990s such as South Asians, Latinos, Koreans and Filipinos.  Most importantly, the aura of the Irish in their tradition of wine and spirits hasn’t left my hometown at all.

Sean Ogs 60st & Woodside Ave

Woodside Cafe right next to Sean Ogs where they serve Irish coffee.

Cuckoos Nest on 61st and Woodside ave.

Saints & Sinners

The Sporting Game (fairly new bar) on Woodside ave & 59th st.

Shelleys on Roosevelt and 59th

The infamous Donovan’s Pub on 58th st and Roosevelt ave.  #1 rated hamburger in New York (review coming soon).

St. Sebastian’s catholic church in the background.