Like many Queens neighborhoods, Cambria Heights was named for its developer, the Cambria Construction Company of Pennsylvania. The town was built in the late 1920s. At an elevation of 49 feet above sea level, the residential sections of Cambria Heights are among the highest in the borough, rivaling those of Jackson Heights and Richmond Hill.
Originally, Cambria Heights was mostly Italian, German, Irish, and overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. A fair amount of Jewish transplants from Brooklyn also called the area home. Like nearly all neighborhoods on the Queens/Nassau divide, however, (with the exception of Bayside), the area experienced “white flight” to Nassau County after World War II. Now the community is largely African American (92%). There is a small concentration of Hispanic residents, mostly Caribbean Americans (4%), and even smaller distributions of whites and Asians. Popular restaurants include Fresco Tortillas (Tex-Mex), Creole Buffet (Haitian), Golden Krust (Caribbean), and Kam’s Kitchen.Find Cambria Heights apartments
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Cambria Heights notably houses over four magnet high schools on the Andrew Jackson High School campus, including a school for the arts and humanities, one for business computer applications, one for mathematics, science, and technology, and one for law, government, and community service, making it an unrivaled neighborhood in Queens in terms of available academic offerings at the high school level. Two public primary schools and a Catholic grammar school also serve the neighborhood. Several playgrounds are within walking distance, and larger parks are a short car ride away. John F Kennedy International Airport is about 10 minutes south.
Notable residents of Cambria Heights include Bob Cousy, who attended Andrew Jackson High School, pianist Chick Corea, and Rick Pitino.
Transportation is available via the Q4 and the Q27, which runs to Flushing--Main Street, where the 7 train has its eastern terminus. Drivers can easily reach the Laurelton Pkwy and the Southern St Pkwy, as well as Springfield Blvd.