Utopia, a middle class neighborhood located in the New York City borough of Queens is bordered by Utopia Parkway to the west, 188th Street to the east, Union Turnpike to the south, and 73rd Avenue to the north. It adjoins the neighborhoods of Jamaica Estates, Hillcrest, and Fresh Meadows. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 8. ZIP code is 11366.
Utopia is a predominantly middle-class neighborhood. It contains a large group of Conservative and Orthodox Jews as well as groups of Chinese, Korean, Russian, Indian, and Hispanic people.
Utopia is a mostly a suburban neighborhood with tree lined streets.
History and naming
In 1905, the Utopia Land Company purchased 50 acres of farmland "between the communities of Jamaica and Flushing". The group intended to build a cooperative community for Jewish families interested in moving away from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. After the initial acquisition, the company was unable to secure enough funding to further develop the area, however. Thirty-five years later, the Gross-Morton Park Corporation of nearby Jamaica began to develop the area, which had remained farmland since the original purchase.
Government and infrastructure
The New York City Department of Education operates public schools.
- Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
- If You're Thinking of Living In/Utopia, Queens; A Neighborhood Aspires to Its Name, New York Times. Accessed April 21, 2012.
- "Utopia." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on January 9, 2012. "18204 UNION TPKE FRESH MEADOWS, NY 11366-9993"
- If You're Thinking of Living In/Utopia, Queens; A Neighborhood Aspires to Its Name The New York Times, December 21, 2003
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