Laurelton is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. It is a largely middle class neighborhood. Laurelton is part of the former town of Jamaica. Merrick Boulevard, which bisects the community in a generally east-west direction, forms its commercial spine. It is bounded by Springfield Boulevard, 130th Avenue, Laurelton Parkway, and Conduit Avenue. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.
Laurelton derives its name from the Laurelton station on the Long Island Rail Road, which was named for the laurels that grew there over 100 years ago. It was modeled after an English village, with stately Tudor-style homes, both attached and detached. There are co-ops in converted garden apartment complexes and some new construction with more modern designs, but no high-rise buildings, which has enabled Laurelton to keep its small town feel. The area of Laurelton closest to Rosedale and Cambria Heights is mostly made up of single-family homes. The area abutting Springfield Gardens contains many two-family homes. The area south of Merrick Boulevard contains many large, individually designed houses while many of the blocks to the north, running westward from Francis Lewis Boulevard, have attached, Tudor-style rowhouses. The eastern part of Laurelton contains a series of streets with planted center malls.
In the 1930s through 1970s and beyond, the neighborhood was populated by many Jewish Americans, but succeeding generations have been made up of people of diverse backgrounds, including African-Americans who moved up from the South. A vast majority of the people living in Laurelton are of African American or West Indian descent, however up until the late 1970s, Laurelton was a predominantly Jewish community.
Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Laurelton was 24,453, a decrease of 1,922 (7.3%) from the 26,375 counted in 2000. Covering an area of 909.17 acres (367.93 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 26.9 inhabitants per acre (17,200/sq mi; 6,600/km2).
The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 1.5% (358) White, 90.1% (22,021) African American, 0.3% (69) Native American, 0.7% (167) Asian, 0.0% (4) Pacific Islander, 0.4% (91) from other races, and 1.6% (403) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% (1,340) of the population.
Private school education
- Cariculum Academy Preschool of Southeast Queens A Community Schoolhouse
The Belt Parkway's exits 24 A/B, 23A, and 22 all service Laurelton. The section known as the Laurelton Parkway was the subject of a master plan as part of the city's emerging system of greenways and bikeways. The restoration of this 1.5 miles (2.4 km) link was completed in 2006.
Additionally, the Laurelton Long Island Rail Road station serve the area. The station is located at 225th Street and 141st Road and offers service to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan by both the Far Rockaway and Long Beach branches. Residents have access to Metropolitan Transportation Authority City buses such as the Q5, Q85, and Q77 buses. The ZIP code of Laurelton is 11413.
- David Bergman, gay writer/academic.
- Sam DeLuca, New York Jets, right guard, 1970s.
- Derrick Harmon, San Francisco 49ers, running back, 1984-1986.
- Ronnie Harmon, Buffalo Bills, running back, kick returner, 1986-1989; San Diego Chargers, running back, 1990-1995.
- Marcus Jansen (born 1968), painter.
- Hettie Jones, poet/memoirist and former wife of writer Amiri Baraka.
- Meir Kahane (1932-1990), rabbi of Young Israel of Laurelton; founded the JDL while rabbi.
- Doron Lamb, Kentucky Wildcats basketball player.
- Neil Leifer, a photographer and filmmaker known mainly for his work in the Time Inc. family of magazines.
- Bernard Madoff, former NASDAQ chairman, convicted of the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.
- Winston Rodney Reggae music legend, AKA "Burning Spear".
- Elliot Sperling, expert on Tibetan history and the Tibet-China conflict and chair of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University
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