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Laurelton is a large middle class neighborhood in southeastern Queens that sits on the Laurelton Pkwy/Belt Pkwy exchange.Read more about Laurelton
It borders St. Alban’s to the east, Rosedale to the south, Valley Stream in Nassau County to the west, and Elmont to the north. Laurelton is part of the historic “Town of Jamaica.”
Like many other neighborhoods in eastern Queens, Laurelton started out as a residential community for Jewish Americans. Named for the station of the same name on the Long Island Rail Road (which was reputedly named for the laurels that grew in the area), Laurelton was modeled after a traditional English village with Tudor-style one and two-family homes. High rises are non-existent, which gives Laurelton its out-of-the-way, small-town feel. More recently larger, custom buildings have sprung up, and eastern Laurelton recently saw the construction of several small malls along its main strips. But for the most part, Laurelton remains forested and gorgeous.
While the look of the place hasn’t changed much, the neighborhood experienced a radical demographic shift in the 60s and 70s. While there is still certainly a Jewish presence, Laurelton is now mostly African-American (like neighboring Rosedale, which has one of the largest African-American populations in Queens, Laurelton is 95% African American). Merrick Blvd, which bisects Laurelton, is the main commercial strip. Popular restaurants include Southern Girls Soul Food, USA Diner, Henricas Restaurant, and Yummy Taco.
A number of famous people have lived in Laurelton, including Sam DeLuca, Bernard Madoff, and David Bergman.
Like much of far-eastern Queens, public transportation is available but can be tricky/involve short rides to intersections. The most convenient public transporation option in the city is undoubtedly still found at the Laurelton LIRR stop. Several buses, including the Q5, Q77, Q84, and x63 express also stop nearby. For commuters, the neighborhood is as convenient as a southeastern Queens neighborhood can get - proximity to Belt Pkwy, Laurelton Pkwy, Springfield Blvd, Merrick Blvd, and John F. Kennedy International Airport (further south past Rosedale) is nothing to sneeze at.