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Hillcrest is a small middle and lower upper middle class residential neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. The neighborhood is located between Flushing and Jamaica Hills. Its name derives from its location on the hills between Jamaica and Flushing. The neighborhood runs from Union Turnpike to the LI Expressway, between Utopia Parkway and 164th Street. Union Turnpike is its main commercial strip. It is part of Queens Community Board 8. The ZIP Codes for the neighborhood are 11365 and 11366. It neighbors are Jamaica Hills to the south, Briarwood and Kew Gardens Hills to the west, Pomonok and Utopia to the north, and Utopia, Jamaica Estates and Fresh Meadows to the east. It is mostly made up of single-family homes, is in one of the best public school districts in NY City, has a low crime rate (NYPD 107 Pct), and has easy access to Manhattan, Long Island, upstate NewYork and New England via both public transportation and various highways. It is close to a major public university - Queens College - and a major private Catholic university - St. John's. There are also numerous parks and playgrounds within the area and nearby. Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets, and the USTA National Tennis Center are also nearby.
As with many neighborhoods in NYC, the perception of boundaries is quite different from what ever official or unofficial maps exist, especially in Queens, where there were many towns and villages. Most folks in the northeastern part of Hillcrest self-identify as being in Fresh Meadows as does everyone living in the nearby "Utopia" area. Others tend to identify with neighborhoods that surround them. There is a small group in the center of the Hillcrest area that identify exclusively with it.
Hillcrest is home to an Orthodox Jewish Community, though like the rest of Queens, it has residents of every race and religion.
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