A severely overcrowded Queens high school took top honors in the city's annual popularity contest.
Despite being at almost double its 2,600-seat capacity, Francis Lewis HS in Flushing received 12,602 applications from eighth-graders for the 2008 school year - more than any other school in the five boroughs, according to Department of Education stats.
Nearby Benjamin N. Cardozo HS, also in Queens, came in second with 11,926 applications, followed by Midwood in Brooklyn, Forest Hills in Queens and Edward Murrow in Brooklyn.
Francis Lewis, the city's biggest school, offers special law, humanities and math and science programs in addition to its standard admission program.
Last year, Francis Lewis was second in overall applications behind James Madison HS in Brooklyn, which fell to fifth this year.
JAM-PACKED QNS. HS IS CITY KIDS' TOP PICK