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Jamaica is one of the oldest and largest neighborhoods in Queens, and, similar to Flushing, Jamaica proper is actually comprised of many smaller neighborhoods. South Jamaica, a small working class neighborhood, is one such community.Read more about South Jamaica
Near the Belt Pkwy/Interstate-678 exchange in the southeastern part of Queens, South Jamaica borders John F. Kennedy International Airport to the south, St. Alban’s to the east, Ozone Park to the west, and Jamaica proper to the north. Baisley Pond Park runs through the middle of the community.
An extension of the historic town of Jamaica, South Jamaica is very similar to its parent neighborhood and houses a large population of African-American and Caribbean immigrants. Recently many Mexicans, El Salvadoreans, Puerto-Ricans, and Dominicans have been moving into the neighborhood alongside Guyanese and Bangladeshi immigrants. Architecturally, South Jamaica is exactly what you would expect of an extension neighborhood. It is mostly suburban one and two-family homes - the oldest buildings in the area were constructed in the 1960s.
What it lacks in history, South Jamaica more than makes up for in convenience. It is in the proximity of JFK Airport (literally a 2-minute drive to the south), St. Alban’s hospital, which is within walking distance, Baisley Pond Park inside the community itself, and also enjoys the convenience and diversity of adjacent Jamaica proper and all its constituent neighborhoods. Popular restaurants in Jamaica include Margherita Pizza, Taj Mahal Restaurant & Party Hall, Sagar Restaurant, and El Rey Restaurant.
South Jamaica is perhaps the closest you can get to southern Queens while still staying close to convenient transportation options. Jamaica itself, which is only a bus stop away, has access to the Long Island Railroad and the E, F, and J trains. A number of buses that serve Jamaica proper are within walking distance. The Q1, Q2, Q3, Q6, Q8, Q9, Q36, Q41, Q76, and Q77 buses operate within Queens, while Nassau County service is provided by the n1, n6, n22, n22A, n24, and n36 buses. Major roads nearby include the Belt Pkwy, the JFK Expy, and I-678. Midtown Manhattan is a 20-30 minute drive away.