This neighborhood traverses the most territory north to south of any other in the borough. It spans from Astoria Boulevard at the northern edge to the BQE at the south and is crossed by major arteries Northern Boulevard, Roosvelt Avenue, Broadway and Queens Boulevard in-between. Route 278 also defines its eastern border while to the west the edge is a little more rag-tag as it touches Astoria and Sunnyside. Since the mid-19th century when the LIRR station opened under the IRT line (now the 7-train) Woodside has had a strong appeal for the Manhattan commuter. The first developers sought to exploit this transportation hub and built a variety of small working class homes, as well as compact apartment buildings, on sub-divided farm properties. The neighborhood still hosts a great number of housing types that reflect the needs of its diverse population. It is set for another wave of higher-end, “affordable luxury” development as the Long Island City market becomes saturated.