7. Famous residents included Whitey Ford and a former director of central intelligence
Though Douglaston often gets greater attention for its many famous residents who lived in historic waterfront homes, Little Neck also has its fair share of celebrities. Though born in Astoria, legendary Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford spent some years in Little Neck and attended Aviation High School in Long Island City. By age 19, Ford was signed to the Yankees as a free agent, and he spent his 16-year career entirely with the Yankees, picking up six World Series wins and 10 All-Star appearances.
George Tenet, Director of Central Intelligence for the CIA from 1996 to 2004, lived at 42-28 Marathon Pkwy. He was the second-longest-serving director in the agency’s history behind Allen Dulles, overseeing intelligence for weapons of mass destruction prior to the Iraq War. Before his controversial start in politics, he worked with his brother as a busboy at the former Scobee Diner.