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Jamaica Estates World War II Memorial

Jamaica Estates is a wealthy neighborhood located in the New York City borough of Queens. Jamaica Estates is part of Queens Community Board 8[1] It is bounded by Union Turnpike to the North, Hillside Avenue to the South, Utopia Parkway and Homelawn Street to the West and 188th Street to the East.

Jamaica Estates was created at the turn of the century by the Jamaica Estates Company, which developed the hilly terminal moraine's 503 acres (2.04 km2), while preserving many of the trees that had occupied the site.[2] Jamaica Estates now has significant Modern Orthodox Jewish-American[3] and South Asian-American populations.[4] The latter has been particularly impacted by the wave of mortgage foreclosures that began in 2008.[5]

The only apartments and multi-family housing lie near the southern border within a few blocks from and along Hillside Avenue. The shopping corridors are along Hillside Avenue and Union Turnpike.



The neighborhood is served by two public elementary schools. Residents in the eastern part of Jamaica Estates are served by The Holliswood School (PS 178) on Radnor Road at 189th Street in School District 26, and residents in the western part of the neighborhood are served by The Abigail Adams School (PS 131) in Jamaica Hills (School District 29). Mary Louis Academy,the all-girls Catholic college-prep school, the Immaculate Conception school is also located in this neighborhood, on the corner of Edgerton Boulevard and Wexford Terrace. The Yeshiva University High School for Girls is just east of the Estates in Holliswood.

The Queens Campus of the United Nations International School, for students in grades K-8, is located on Croydon Road. It is run by the United Nations, and has its main location on the East Side of Manhattan. The school was intended for the children of UN diplomats and employees but enrollment is now open to everyone.[6] The school first opened in Lake Success, but relocated in 1950 to Parkway Village, a garden apartment complex originally built for UN employees.[7]


Jamaica Estates sports teams have dominated competitive sports in the local area. Teams have won championships in tee ball, soccer, boys baseball, girls softball, and hockey. Main competitors include, but are not limited to, Forest Hills, Hillcrest, and Kew Garden Hills.


The northern terminus of the New York City Subway's IND Queens Boulevard Line (F), 179th Street station, is located at the entrance of Jamaica Estates at Midland Parkway and Hillside Avenue, with the 169th Street F Station located on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Homelawn Street. The neighborhood is also served by the Q17, Q30, Q31, and Q46 bus lines. Numerous express buses to Manhattan also stop on Union Turnpike. The commute to Midtown Manhattan takes 30 to 45 minutes.

In contrast to much of Queens, most streets in Jamaica Estates do not conform to the rectangular street grid and follow topographic lines, the most notable example being Midland Parkway. Many of the named streets have Anglo-Saxon origins, such as Aberdeen, Avon, Barrington, Chelsea, and Chevy Chase Street.

Noted natives

Popular Culture

  • In the film Coming to America, the fictitious address of 2432 Derby Avenue was the home of Cleo McDowell.


  1. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  2. ^ Shaman, Diana. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Jamaica Estates, Queens; An Enclave That Treasures Its Trees", The New York Times, September 21, 1997. Accessed November 11, 2007.
  3. ^ Berger, Joseph (2002-09-27). "Judaism Takes Different Turns; In Places, Blocks of Orthodoxy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  4. ^ Claudia Gryvatz Copquin. "Jamaica". The Neighborhood of Queens. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  5. ^ "Fifty percent of homes in pre-foreclosure are owned by South Asian immigrants in sections of New York City". Chhaya CDC. 2009-01-12. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  6. ^ Welcome to UNIS Queens, United Nations International School. Accessed December 4, 2007.
  7. ^ Elsa B. Endrst (December 1991). "The United Nations International School: a model of diversity". UN Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  8. ^ Lee, Felicia R. "COPING; Rapper Is Reborn to Sounds of the Spirit", The New York Times, November 12, 2000. Accessed November 11, 2007.
  9. ^ Ojito, Mirta. "CAMPAIGNING FOR CITY HALL: THE BATTLEGROUND; Gauging the Vote of the Satisfied", The New York Times, September 8, 2001. Accessed November 11, 2007.

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