Rosedale, Queens

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Neighborhood of Queens
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Country  United States
State  New York
County Queens
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 25,063
 • Black 79.9%
 • Hispanic 9.3%
 • White 5.3%
 • Asian 2.2%
 • Other 3.5%
 • Median income $58,396
ZIP code 11422
Area code(s) 718, 347, 917

Rosedale is a neighborhood in New York City in the southeastern portion of the borough of Queens. The neighborhood is on the border of Queens and Nassau County, Long Island. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.


Rosedale was originally conceived in the consolidation of the borough of Queens as a part of what is now Springfield Gardens. At the time, the Laurelton Land Company was in charge of the new Borough of Queens. It was dotted with farmland that was isolated from each other, so construction on an acceptable mode of transportation was started immediately. The Southern Railroad of Long Island (now Long Island Rail Road) was built and the whole area (today Laurelton, Rosedale, and Springfield Gardens) was served by Laurelton Station. The area was also connected to the Brooklyn waterworks. In the 20th century, the water system was less needed, and its use dwindled. Today the ruins of the aqueduct system can still be seen. After the Long Island Rail Road's construction, many new roads such as Francis Lewis and Sunrise Boulevard (today Sunrise Highway) were constructed. The area that is now Rosedale remained farmland until the mid-1930s. After the former period of relatively slow growth, development rapidly turned Rosedale into a suburban community. Rosedale was originally known as Foster's Meadow.

In 1976, Bill Moyers presented a documentary titled Rosedale: The Way It Is. The program addressed the racial tensions in this community, which was at that time in a transition from what had been primarily an Irish American, Italian American and Jewish community to what is now mostly a community of African Americans and Caribbean immigrants. The area is home to many Caribbean immigrants compared to the Irish, Italian and Jewish Americans of the neighboring Nassau County communities of Valley Stream and Woodmere.


Rosedale is bordered to the north by Cambria Heights, to the east by Valley Stream and North Woodmere (both in Nassau County), to the west by Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, and John F. Kennedy International Airport, and to the south by Inwood and Lawrence in Nassau County.[2] It is at the eastern edge of New York City, at its border with Valley Stream forming part of the boundary between Queens and Nassau County. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.[3] Many roads of importance in Queens also run through Rosedale such as Francis Lewis Boulevard, Conduit Avenue, Cross Island Parkway, and Belt Parkway, as well as Rockaway Boulevard, Sunrise Highway, and Merrick Boulevard which connect Queens and Nassau Counties.

Warnerville and Meadowmere[edit]

Warnerville and Meadowmere are small, oft-forgotten neighborhoods within Rosedale. The area is served by the 11422 ZIP Code, which also covers Rosedale and parts of Kennedy Airport.[4][5] Warnerville is surrounded on three sides by Jamaica Bay just to the southeast of John F. Kennedy Airport and comprises just three streets, bordered by Rockaway Boulevard on the east,[6] while Meadowmere is surrounded by Nassau County and comprises just four streets and six blocks, bordered on the west by Hook Creek and on the east by Rockaway Boulevard.[7][8] A footbridge across Hook Creek joins Meadowmere with Meadowmere Park, a neighborhood in the village of Lawrence in Nassau County.[9] Beginning in 2007, the city began installing a sanitary sewer system in Warnerville and neighboring Meadowmere because some septic tanks had flooded into Jamaica Bay.[10][11]


Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Rosedale was 25,063, a decrease of 439 (1.7%) from the 25,502 counted in 2000. Covering an area of 1,354.44 acres (548.12 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 18.5 inhabitants per acre (11,800/sq mi; 4,600/km2).[1]

The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 5.3% (1,334) White, 79.9% (20,033) African American, 0.3% (82) Native American, 2.2% (556) Asian, 0.0% () Pacific Islander, 1.0% (242) from other races, and 1.9% (474) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.3% (2,342) of the population.[12]


Public schools[edit]

Rosedale's public schools are operated by the New York City Department of Education.

Public elementary and intermediate (Junior High) schools in Rosedale include:

Private schools[edit]

Private preschool, elementary and intermediate (Junior High) schools in Rosedale include:


Rosedale is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Branch, located at North Conduit Avenue and 243rd Street. Service is provided by both the Far Rockaway and Long Beach branches. Rosedale is also served by the Q5, Q85, Q111, Q113, and Q114 bus routes. There is also an express bus route, the X63, which operates during rush hours only.

Notable residents[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Rosedale include:


  1. ^ a b Table PL-P5 NTA: Total Population and Persons Per Acre - New York City Neighborhood Tabulation Areas*, 2010, Population Division - New York City Department of City Planning, February 2012. Accessed June 16, 2016.
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  3. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  4. ^ Vandam, Jeff (January 8, 2006). "In a Place Long Sodden, High Tide for Impatience". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  5. ^ LeDuff, Charlie (April 6, 1997). "Forgotten but Not Gone, a Neighborhood Struggles On". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  6. ^ Road to Warnerville, off Rockaway & Brookville Blvds.
  7. ^ Meadowmere at Forgotten NY
  8. ^ Bode, Nicole (June 29, 2003). "Meadowmere is home to 66 people". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  9. ^ Kershaw, Sarah (June 14, 2002). "A Bridge, and a Dividing Line; On One Side, the City, on the Other, Suburbia". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  10. ^ Vandam, Jeff (February 18, 2007). "When Pipe Dreams Come True". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  11. ^ Kilgannon, Cory (February 17, 2010). "Sewer Hookup Drags Queens Hamlet Into 20th Century". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  12. ^ 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.
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  14. ^ "Phil Carey, One Life to Live's Asa, dead at 83 - One Life to Live @". Soapcentral. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "John DeBella is not an Asshole Anymore". Philadelphia Weekly. 2002-07-03. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  16. ^ "Jenkins keeps brother's dream alive all the way to NBA", CBS Sports, June 22, 2011. Accessed July 26, 2011. "He spent his first six years of life in Brownsville, one of New York City's most impoverished and violent areas. His father, Charles Sr., moved the family to Rosedale, Queens."
  17. ^ Weller, Sheila. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation, p.44
  18. ^ via Associated Press. "Herb Score dies at 75; Cleveland Indians pitcher turned to broadcasting after line drive altered his pitching career", Los Angeles Times, November 12, 2008. Accessed July 10, 2016. "Score was born June 7, 1933, in Rosedale, N.Y."
  19. ^ "DJ Spinbad",, Accessed November 29, 2007. "Considering that his humble plan in the 80s in Rosedale, Queens to be a DJ."
  20. ^ Laurino, Maria. "A Leading Man With a Twist", The New York Times, September 17, 1995. Accessed September 25, 2007. "Mr. Turturro is Italian-American and was raised in the Rosedale section of Queens."

Coordinates: 40°39′30.19″N 73°44′20.17″W / 40.6583861°N 73.7389361°W / 40.6583861; -73.7389361