Living in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens

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NY apartments in Jamaica are found throughout this large, sprawling neighborhood located in the southeastern section of the New York City borough of Queens. Jamaica is not only close to the geographic heart of Queens, it is also where you'll find the site of the county seat as well as most of the borough's government buildings and offices.


Jamaica apartments—which tend to be mostly moderate- to low-priced, especially as compared to all of Manhattan and much of Brooklyn—are available everywhere in this mega-neighborhood, within which some people group such communities as Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, St. Albans, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens (North & South), Hollis, Laurelton, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Howard Beach and Ozone Park into a larger area called Greater Jamaica.


The Queens neighborhood is totally unrelated to the Caribbean Island with the same name; rather the New York City community was named by English settlers in 1664, playing off the Lenape Indian word for beaver, "jameco".


Given its central location, its no surprise that Jamaica offers its residents who commute to Manhattan several options from which to choose, from express buses to the E, F, J and Z subways, to the Long Island Rail Road, which has a major hub at the Jamaica Station and gets you to Penn Station in less than 20 minutes. Residents of Jamaica apartments also take full advantage of the convenient network of the MTA's intra-borough public bus lines. And Jamaica is big enough to also accommodate one of the world's busiest airports, John F. Kennedy International Airport, in the southernmost part of the neighborhood.


There are several large commercial strips in Jamaica, Queens, especially Jamaica and Hillside Avenues (home to almost literally hundreds of good, inexpensive, ethnically-focused eateries) as well as the broad, six-lane Sutphin Boulevard, and recently many national, big box chains stores have opened in the neighborhood, improving the shopping options for Jamaica residents.


Local and city groups are continuously working to selectively increase commercial and residential development in Jamaica, by up-zoning some areas to spur growth—around the newly renovated Jamaica Station, for example, a central hub and transfer point for the Long Island Rail Road—and at the same time down-zoning other communities with Jamaica, to preserve their residential, even suburban, character and architectural aesthetic.  Jamaica, Queens is also home to one of New York City's best institutions for higher education, St. John's University, a private, Roman Catholic, tier-one university that boasts almost 20,000 undergraduates.

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