Cambria Heights, Queens
Location within New York City
|Named for||Cambria Construction Company|
|Elevation||15 m (49 ft)|
|• Median income||$62,071|
|Area code(s)||718, 347, 929, and 917|
Cambria Heights is a residential neighborhood in the southeastern portion of the New York City borough of Queens. It is bounded by Springfield Boulevard and Francis Lewis Boulevard to the west, the Elmont, Nassau County border on the east, Queens Village to the north, St. Albans to the west, and Montefiore Cemetery and Laurelton, Springfield Gardens and Rosedale to the south. As of 2010, Cambria Heights's population was 18,677. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.
The name Cambria Heights was coined in the mid 1920s when the Cambria Title Savings and Trust Company, a bank based in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, provided financing for early development which was aimed at families seeking to relocate from rental apartments in other boroughs. At an elevation of 50 feet (15 m), it is one of the highest points in the borough, together with Jackson Heights and Richmond Hill.
The public elementary schools in Cambria Heights are P.S. 176 and P.S. 147, renamed for astronaut Ronald McNair. There are four magnet high schools on the campus of Andrew Jackson High School, which are dedicated to: arts and humanities; business computer applications; mathematics, science and technology; and law, government and community service.
There is only one Catholic Parish in Cambria Heights. The Parish's name is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Parish is also affiliated with the school Sacred Heart Catholic Academy.
Cambria Heights is also the location of the Ohel, the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson and his predecessor Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. Tens of thousands of visitors from around the world flock to the site for prayer and blessing.
Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Cambria Heights was 18,677, a decrease of 2,267 (10.8%) from the 20,944 counted in 2000. Covering an area of 772.01 acres (312.42 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 24.2 inhabitants per acre (15,500/sq mi; 6,000/km2).
The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 1.4% (259) White, 90.3% (16,862) African American, 0.2% (42) Native American, 0.8% (157) Asian, 0.0% (6) Pacific Islander, 0.3% (62) from other races, and 1.7% (325) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% (964) of the population.
The original population consisted primarily of Roman Catholics of Italian, German, and Irish descent, and Jewish families relocating from Brooklyn. The present neighborhood has a large middle class Caribbean and African American population. The median home cost is $450,600.
Notable current and former residents of Cambria Heights include:
- Michael Bentt (born 1964), retired heavyweight boxer turned actor of Jamaican lineage.
- Fred Cambria (born 1948), retired professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who appeared in six Major League games
- Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Famer attended Andrew Jackson High School.
- Chick Corea (born 1941), a Miles Davis band veteran, played electric piano for Stan Getz.
- Gabe Dalmath, award-winning journalist and TV news anchor WHEC-TV.
- Bud Harrelson (born 1944), shortstop for the New York Mets championship team of 1969.
- Lena Horne (1917-2010), singer
- Henry Petroski (born 1942), whose 2002 book Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer describes his teenage years in Cambria Heights.
- Rick Pitino (born 1952), head basketball head coach at the University of Louisville.
- Lillian Roberts (born 1928), labor leader who served from 2002 through 2014 as the Executive Director of District Council 37 (DC37), the largest municipal union in New York City.
- Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), baseball player
- Barbara Rubin (1945–1980), filmmaker
- Maggie Van Ostrand, writer.
- Dennis Walcott (born 1951), Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development in administration of Michael Bloomberg; before that, President and CEO of New York Urban League
- Mary Weiss (born 1948), lead singer with The Shangri-Las.
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- Table PL-P3A NTA: Total Population by Mutually Exclusive Race and Hispanic Origin - New York City Neighborhood Tabulation Areas*, 2010, Population Division - New York City Department of City Planning, March 29, 2011. Accessed June 14, 2016.
- Plambeck, Joseph. "Safe and Sound, Sweet and Spacious", The New York Times, September 9, 2011. Accessed June 30, 2016. "Shaped like a trapezoid, Cambria Heights abuts Nassau County on its eastern edge; Elmont is just the other side of the Cross Island Parkway. The remaining boundary lines, though at times a point of contention, are generally accepted to be Springfield Boulevard, to the west, and 114th Avenue to the north."
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- Dowd, Trone. "Cambria Heights", Queens Tribune, March 31, 2016. Accessed June 30, 2016. "Cambria Heights is located fifty feet above the sea level and is considered to be one of the highest points in all of Queens."
- P.S. 176
- P.S. 147
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- Clark, Lamar; Farrell, Bill; and Chiusano, Scott. "Answer the call for the Hall: The 2016 Golden Gloves Hall of Fame inductees", New York Daily News, April 16, 2016. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Of Jamaican heritage, Michael Bentt was born in East Dulwich, London, but raised in the Cambria Heights section of Queens."
- Durso, Joseph. "Pittsburgh Triumphs, 4‐3", The New York Times, March 22, 1970. Accessed December 12, 2016. "In the fifth, Dave Marshall bobbled Jose Martinez's single to left and Fred Cambria, rookie pitcher from Cambria Heights, Queens, chopped high‐bouncing single that hung in the air while Martinez took third."
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- Davis, Arianna. "Savings in Queens: Great deals in Cambria Heights", New York Daily News, December 22, 2009. Accessed December 12, 2016. "Named after the Cambria Construction Company in Pennsylvania, Cambria Heights was once home to jazz great Lena Horne and baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson."
- Petroski, Henry (2002). Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-375-41353-7.
- Freeman, John. "Paperboy: Confessions Of A Future Engineer by Henry Petroski; Memoirs of former paperboy fail to deliver", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 5, 2012. Accessed December 4, 2017. "The memoir starts promisingly enough. The year is 1954, and Petroski and his family have relocated from Brooklyn to Cambria Heights, a step-up by anyone’s yardstick."
- Vecsey, George. "Sports of The Times; Rick Pitino: Reviving February", The New York Times, February 13, 1987. Accessed December 12, 2016. "Pitino, who grew up in Manhattan, Cambria Heights, Queens, and Bayville, L.I., comes to Hillcrest with a 16-5 record and the best 3-point shooting in the country."
- Klemesrud, Judy. "Director of Hospital Walkout", The New York Times, August 5, 1976. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Mrs. Roberts, who is paid $34,000 a year, has no children of her own, but is raising the three sons of her late sister in a two‐family home in Cambria Heights, Queens."
- Staff. "Barbara Rubin: An Angel on Canal Street", Artinfo.com, December 19, 2012. Accessed December 12, 2016. "Rubin was still 17, a girl from Cambria Heights (the same Queens neighborhood that incubated the Shangri La’s) and newly discharged from a Connecticut sanitarium, when she found her way to the Film-maker’s Cooperative then located in Jonas Mekas's apartment on Park Avenue South."
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