Northwestern Queens: Blissville

Blissville is a mainly commercial neighborhood with a strong Polish population within Long Island City. It is bordered by Calvary Cemetery to the east; the Long Island Expressway to the north; Newtown Creek to the south; Dutch Kills, a tributary of Newtown Creek to the south. Blissville was named after Neziah Bliss who owned this area in the early 1800’s.

Pictured is the Greenpoint Ave Bridge. Originally built in the 1850’s by Neziah Bliss as the 1st drawbridge. Reconstructed in 1987, the Greenpoint Ave Bridge separates Queens & Brooklyn and is the 6th bridge in this location to cross the Newtown Creek.

The Best Western City View Motel on Greenpoint Ave is a converted elementary school that is a best kept secret motel that offers an outstanding Manhattan skyline view.

The History section is in collaboration with Steve Vazquez of Queenscapes.