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Floral Park is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. It is adjacent to the Village of Floral Park, which is in Nassau County. It may be distinguished from the latter by the use of the designation "North Floral Park". The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.[1]

The United States Postal Service lists ZIP code 11004 as being Glen Oaks, with Floral Park also an acceptable name. Glen Oaks and Floral Park are usually thought of as two separate neighborhoods, even though they share a zip code and schools. Glen Oaks Elementary School (P.S. 115) is actually located in Floral Park.[2] Union Turnpike is the border between the neighborhoods, with Glen Oaks to the north. The other boundaries of Floral Park are roughly Little Neck Parkway (252nd Street) to the west, Hillside Avenue to the south and Langdale Street to the east.

Demographics

Floral Park is a middle class neighborhood with a growing population of communities. The area consists mostly of Cape Cod-style houses. The racial makeup was 61.29% White, 21.14% Black or African American, 35.11% Asian (mostly of Indian descent), 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.01% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.19% of the population. The Asian Population consists of around 25 percent Indian. There is also a large Chinese and Japanese Population. 85% of the Hispanic Population is Puerto Rican.

Notable residents

Notable former and current residents include:

  • Robert Mapplethorpe, photographer, was born and raised in Floral Park, Queens, where members of his family attended Our Lady of the Snows Catholic School.[3]

References

  1. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  2. ^ Public School 115
  3. ^ Glueck, Grace. "Fallen Angel", The New York Times, June 25, 1995. Accessed October 14, 2007. "Growing up in a blue-collar precinct of Floral Park and steeped in Catholicism, Mapplethorpe developed -- to his alarm -- an adolescent interest in gay pornographic magazines."








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