Jamaica Estates, Queens

Coordinates: 40°43′08″N 73°46′26″W / 40.719°N 73.774°W / 40.719; -73.774
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Jamaica Estates Memorial on a spring morning

Jamaica Estates is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. Jamaica Estates is part of Queens Community District 8[1] and located in the northern portion of Jamaica. 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. The main road through the neighborhood is Midland Parkway.

The surrounding neighborhoods are Jamaica Hills to the west; Jamaica to the southwest; Hollis to the southeast; Holliswood and Queens Village to the east; and Fresh Meadows, Utopia, and Hillcrest to the north.


Map of Jamaica Estates

The area is characterized by million-dollar homes and a multitude of trees. Midland Parkway, a partially four-lane boulevard with a wide, landscaped median strip whose renovation was completed in 2007, is the area's main artery. The neighborhood consists of mostly upper-middle-class residents. Most houses are single-family detached homes in the Tudor, Craftsman, Cape Cod, or Mediterranean styles.[2]

Out of 14,000 residents, 45% are foreign-born. In the 2000 United States Census, 43% of residents were white, Bangladeshis comprise 11% of residents, while Filipinos make up 10%, Haitians 7%, Guyanese 5%, and Russians 4%. A population of over 1,000 Bukharan Jews live in the area.[2]

Jamaica Estates has significant Modern Orthodox Jewish American[3] and South Asian American populations.[4] 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.


Jamaica Estates was created in 1907 by the Jamaica Estates Corporation, which developed the hilly terminal moraine's 503 acres (2.04 km2), while preserving many of the trees that had occupied the site.[5] The company was founded by Ernestus Gulick and Felix Isman, both of Philadelphia.[6]

In 2007, following the damage of the roof of the Historic Gatehouse in Hurricane Isabel, the restoration and beautification of the Gatehouse and Malls was completed.[7]

The Jamaica Estates Association, founded in 1929, continues as an active, vital civic organization representing the community. A historical plaque was unveiled April 23, 2010, on the Midland Mall by The Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School (now the Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy) and by the sponsor of the plaque, Senator Frank Padavan.[8]


Fresh Anointing International Church

The New York City Department of Education operates public schools:

Private schools include:

  • The Mary Louis Academy, an all-girls Catholic college-prep school, is located on the corner of Edgerton Boulevard and Wexford Terrace.
  • Immaculate Conception School is on the corner of Midland Parkway and Dalny Road.(Immaculate conception School is now named Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy.)
  • The Summit School has their high school on 188th Street and the Grand Central Parkway in Jamaica Estates.
  • Yeshiva University High School for Girls is just east of the Estates in Holliswood
  • United Nations International School Queens Campus, for students in grades K-8, is located on Croydon Road; intended for the children of UN diplomats and employees, enrollment is now open to everyone.[9] The school first opened in Lake Success, but relocated in 1950 to Parkway Village.[10]
  • From its 1975 founding to around 1980, The Japanese School of New York was located in Jamaica Estates, at where is now The Summit School.[11][12]


The New York City Subway's IND Queens Boulevard Line serves the neighborhood at the line's Jamaica–179th Street terminal station (E, ​F, and <F> trains), as well as the penultimate 169th Street local station (F and <F> train).[13] The neighborhood is also served by the Q1, Q2, Q3, Q36, Q43, Q76, Q77 local bus lines on Hillside Avenue, the Q46 bus serves the area along Union Turnpike, the Q30 and Q31 buses on Homelawn Street and Utopia Parkway, and the Q17 bus serving the area on Hillside Avenue and 188th Street. Numerous express buses (QM1, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8, QM31, QM35, QM36, X68) to Manhattan also stop on Union Turnpike and Hillside Avenue.[14]

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 etymologies originating from Languages of the United Kingdom, such as Aberdeen, Avon, Hovenden, Barrington, Chelsea, and Chevy Chase Street. However, unlike Forest Hills Gardens, which is a similarly wealthy Queens neighborhood with an atypical Queens street layout, the street numbering system does conform to the grid in the rest of Queens. Jamaica Estates's house numbering system, as in the rest of Queens, uses a hyphen between the closest cross-street going west to east or north to south (which comes before the hyphen) and the actual house number (which comes after the hyphen).[15]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Queens Boards, New York City. Accessed January 26, 2024.
  2. ^ a b Hughes, C. J. (June 10, 2007). "Tudor Charm Loses Ground to McMansion Space". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Berger, Joseph (September 27, 2002). "Judaism Takes Different Turns; In Places, Blocks of Orthodoxy". The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, 2009.
  4. ^ Claudia Gryvatz Copquin (2007). Jamaica. Citizens Committee for New York City. ISBN 9780300112993. Retrieved August 17, 2009. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  5. ^ Shaman, Diana (September 21, 1997). "If You're Thinking of Living In/Jamaica Estates, Queens; An Enclave That Treasures Its Trees". The New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "TO DEVELOP 8,000 LOTS.; Plans of Messrs. Gulick and Isman Involving Large ract at Jamaica". The New York Times. August 11, 1907. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "JEA Newsletter Volume 72 No. 5". Jamaica Estates Association. August 2007. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  8. ^ "Jamaica Estates Historical Plaque Dedication" (PDF). June 12, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 13, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  9. ^ Welcome to UNIS Queens Archived December 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, United Nations International School. Accessed December 4, 2007.
  10. ^ Elsa B. Endrst (December 1991). "The United Nations International School: a model of diversity". UN Chronicle. Retrieved August 17, 2009.
  11. ^ Kulers, Brian G. "QUEENS NEIGHBORHOODS QUEENS CLOSEUP East Meets West in School For Japanese in America." Newsday. November 12, 1986. News, Start Page 31. Retrieved on January 9, 2012.
  12. ^ Buckley, Tom. "Pride and Pleasure Evident Beneath Usual Restraint; Japanese Here Prepare for Imperial Visit." The New York Times. September 23, 1975. Page 39. Retrieved on January 9, 2012. "Students from the Japanese School of New York in Jamaica Estates[...]"
  13. ^ "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 2021. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
  14. ^ "Queens Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. August 2022. Retrieved September 29, 2022.
  15. ^ Bayona, Jose (August 21, 2011). "Balderdash! Queens residents question need for dash in postal addresses". nydailynews.com. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  16. ^ Berkow, Ira. "Margaret Bergmann Lambert, Jewish Athlete Excluded From Berlin Olympics, Dies at 103", The New York Times, July 25, 2017. Accessed August 28, 2017. "She never forgot what might have been. In 1996, she spoke of watching an important pre-Olympics meet on television at her home in Jamaica Estates, Queens."
  17. ^ O'Connor, Ian. "St. John’s Lou Carnesecca is college basketball’s most priceless treasure", New York Post, November 6, 2021. Accessed November 17, 2022. "Lou Carnesecca has his sleeves rolled up, as if he is ready to work the refs in the final minutes of a tense game. Another college basketball season is here, about the 80th since he started paying attention, and the king of Queens is sitting at his round kitchen table in Jamaica Estates, talking about life and death and the fickle bounces of the ball."
  18. ^ Hevesi, Dennis. "Frank D. O'Connor, 82, Is Dead; Retired New York Appellate Judge", The New York Times, December 3, 1992. Accessed July 20, 2016. "Judge O'Connor died from head injuries he suffered 13 days ago when he fell down a flight of stairs at his home in Jamaica Estates."
  19. ^ Lee, Felicia R. "Coping; Rapper Is Reborn to Sounds of the Spirit", The New York Times, November 12, 2000. Accessed August 28, 2017. "The Reverend Run and his family moved into the house in Jamaica Estates a few months ago."
  20. ^ Lennie Tristano at AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  21. ^ Kellog, Valerie (July 1, 2016). "Donald Trump's boyhood home selling for $1.65M in Queens". Newsday. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  22. ^ Marzlock, Ron (March 3, 2016). "Trump's Queens home". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  23. ^ "See Donald Trump's boyhood neighborhood". CNN. April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  24. ^ Horowitz, Jason. "Donald Trump’s Old Queens Neighborhood Contrasts With the Diverse Area Around It", The New York Times, September 22, 2015. Accessed November 17, 2022. "At the onset of the Roaring Twenties, Fred started his own construction business, forming E. Trump & Son with his mother, Elizabeth, because he needed a partner old enough to sign the checks. They found success building garages for newly popular cars and moved to Jamaica Estates, where he eventually built suburban-style Tudors and Victorian and colonial-style homes for the upper middle class."

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