Rosedale is a seahorse-shaped middle class neighborhood in southeastern Queens that borders John F Kennedy Airport to the south, Laurelton to the west, Cambria Heights to the north, and Valley Stream to the east.
It is the southernmost Queens neighborhood on the Queens County/Nassau County divide, along with Queens Village and Bayside further north.
The entire Borough of Queens was originally planned by the Laurelton Land Company (after which Laurelton is named) in the 19th century. Since much of Queens at the time was nothing more than unconnected farmland and estates, the Laurelton Land Company’s first move was to create a railroad that would connect all the neighborhoods with Manhattan. This became the Long Island Rail Road. What is now Rosedale is near the eastern terminus of the LIRR in Queens, and was mostly farmland until the 1930s, after which development reached all the way to Nassau. Most of Rosedale’s homes are two-family homes that accommodated its quick transformation from sleepy rural hamlet to quiet suburb.
Currently Rosedale is a predominantly black neighborhood, with over 70% of the population being African American. Although it was once a predominantly Irish and Italian American community, those two demographics have since moved to neighboring Valley Stream and Woodmere. Now whites and Hispanics make up less than 10% of the population each, and Asians have a very small representation (<5%). This makes Rosedale one of the only remaining neighborhoods in Queens to not experience a shift towards an Asian majority.
As a commuter neighborhood, Rosedale is out of the way compared to most of Queens, but its proximity to JFK Airport is a major plus for traveling business people. Brookville Park, Idlewild Park, and North Woodmere Park hug the southern boundary of the area and are connected to Head of Bay. The Green Acres Mall Shopping Complex lies on the eastern border of the neighborhood, and provides some much-needed commercial vibrancy to the out-of-the-way neighborhood. Popular restaurants in Rosedale include Lucy’s Asian Kitchen (Thai), La Vie (French), Henricas (Chinese/Caribbean), and Justin’s Restaurant (Spanish).
Transportation to Rosedale is available via the LIRR’s Atlantic Branch. A station is located at North Conduit Ave and 243 St. Buses that serve Rosedale include the Q5, Q85, Q111, and Q113 routes. The X63 express also operates during rush hours.
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