8. Many famous movie stars like Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson lived in Bayside

Gloria Swanson's old home at 216-07 40th Avenue.
Gloria Swanson’s old home at 216-07 40th Avenue.

Bayside has been the home of many famous movie stars over the years. Gloria Swanson, who appeared in over a dozen silent films as well as in Sunset Boulevard, lived at 216-07 40th Avenue. Actor W.C. Fields also lived in Bayside at 35–25 223rd Street. Charlie Chaplin also called Bayside home, and he lived for a short time at the Beechhurst Towers, which used to be a hotel that attracted the Marx Brothers.

Other famous Bayside residents include actress Norma Talmadge, boxer James Corbett (who names a road in Bayside), actor Richard Dreyfuss, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, Rosie O’Donnell, and Christopher Walken. In terms of fictional characters, the family of George Costanza from the TV series Seinfeld is from Bayside, and Jordan Belfort from The Wolf of Wall Street moved to the neighborhood after his firm shut down.