In the 19th century the area was part of the Town of Newtown (now Elmhurst). The adjacent area of Winfield was largely incorporated into the post office serving Woodside and as a consequence Winfield lost much of its identity distinct from Woodside.
With large scale residential development in the 1860s, Woodside became the largest Irish American community in Queens. In the early 1930s, the area was approximately 80% Irish. Even as the neighborhood has seen growth in ethnic diversity today, the area still retains a strong Irish American presence. There are a number of Irish pubs and restaurants scattered across Woodside.
In the early 1990s, many
Asian American families moved into the area, particularly
east of the
Woodside–61st Street. In 2000, Woodside's population was 30%
Asian American. Woodside has a large population of
Chinese Americans and
Filipino Americans (see
Filipinotown), each with their own respective
ethnic enclave. There are also
South Asian Americans, particularly
Bangladeshi Americans, and
Pakistani Americans, as well as a large