Jamaica Hills is a small, quiet middle class residential neighborhood in Queens north of Jamaica and southeast of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
It is only .4 square miles in size, and is considered a part of Jamaica proper. It shares many commercial districts with Briarwood, and is bounded to the west by Briarwood, to the north by Hillcrest, and to the east by Jamaica Estates.
Unlike Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills is no longer an upper class area and currently caters to lower middle class and middle class residents. Once the Long Island Rail Road opened stops nearby in the early 1900s, the once upper class enclave became more developed and housing density increased, bringing in middle class residents. The neighborhood was mostly a waypoint for ethnic enclaves in transition across Queens until 1964, after it became ethnically diverse and residents settled down for longer. It is now mostly East Indian, Caribbean, and Chinese. A Greek Orthodox Church that opened in the 1960s continues to serve a Greek minority as well.
According to Census data, over 40% of the neighborhood is currently Asian, and roughly 25% and 20% are black and white, respectively. Hispanics make up another 20-25%, making Jamaica Hills among the most ethnically well-balanced Queens neighborhoods. Jamaica High School is a local landmark, and the Jamaica Muslim Center is a large center of worship for the Queens Muslims that can accommodate over 2,000 worshippers.
Captain Tilly Park is the only park within the boundaries of the community, although the Joseph Austin Playground is also available off the Grand Central Pkwy. Several small parks and playgrounds are also around the neighborhood. Like many neighborhoods within the Flushing Meadows/Kissena/Cunningham Park horseshoe, Jamaica Hill is within driving distance from a number of amenities and attractions, including Citi Field (home of the Mets), two golf courses, and several institutions of higher education like Queens College, York College, and St. John’s University. The main campus of Saint Johns is directly adjacent to the northern boundary of Jamaica Hills along Grand Central Pkwy, as is the Queens Hospital Cancer Center. Townsend Harris High in nearby Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok is one of the best high schools in the city.
Popular restaurants in Jamaica Hills include Panorama Cafe, City Rib, Taj Mahal Restaurant & Party Hall, and Annam Brahma (Indian).
The F train runs along Hillside Ave and makes stops at 169th St--Parsons Blvd, a 45-minute ride to Midtown Manhattan. Bus routes shared with Jamaica include the Q1, Q2, Q3, Q6, Q8, Q9, Q36, Q41, Q76, and Q77 within Queens, while Nassau County service is provided by the n1, n6, n22, n22A, n24, and n36 buses. Major roads in the neighborhood are Grand Central Pkwy, Hillside Ave, and Jamaica Ave.
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