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South Ozone Park, known for its airy breezes, is a middle class neighborhood in southern Queens near Jamaica Bay and north of John F Kennedy Airport.Read more about South Ozone Park
More a mini-neighborhood within the larger neighborhood of Ozone Park, South Ozone Park is nonetheless a distinct community with its own housing sections. Despite its name, the neighborhood actually lies to the east of Ozone Park, and borders Richmond hills to the north, Jamaica to the east, and Howard Beach to the southwest.
Like Ozone Park, South Ozone Park was developed back in the early 20th century with low-cost housing for Manhattan workers who couldn’t afford the upscale properties closer to the city, such as those found in Kew Gardens and Forest Hills. Originally a predominantly Italian-American community, South Ozone Park is now home to a diverse population that includes a significant presence of Indians, Bangladeshi, and Guyanese immigrants. Italian-Americans are still present in certain parts of the neighborhood, namely the southwestern sections near the Conduit. Like many other parts of eastern Queens, the neighborhood is undergoing development to accommodate the spillover of new residents in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The main commercial strip is Rockaway Blvd, which leads southeast to JFK Airport and northwest to Atlantic Ave and Forest Park. Liberty Ave near Richmond Hill also boasts a fair amount of activity. South Ozone Park has the distinction of being nearly equidistant from Jamaica Bay, Forest Park, and Flushing Meadows Park, making it a great location for lovers of the outdoors. Popular restaurants (some shared with Ozone Park) include Don Peppe, Singh’s Roti Shop & Bar, Veggie Castle, and Sybil’s Bakery.
Nearby Ozone Park is home to the famous Aqueduct Racetrack, arguably the most famous in the five boroughs, and has historical associations been associated in popular culture with the Queens Italian American community. Ozone Park is perhaps best known as the setting of Goodfellas and a repeat neighborhood in The Sopranos.
Transportation is limited to New York City and Queens buses, including the Q7, Q9, Q10, Q37, Q41, and the QM18 to midtown Manhattan. Major roads that run through the community are the Van Wyck Expy, the Belt Pkwy, Rockaway Blvd, and Liberty Ave.