Jamaica Hills, a quiet residential neighborhood on the hills north of Hillside Avenue, shares much with neighboring Briarwood and Jamaica Hills. The neighborhood is diverse, attracting many South Asian, Guyanese, and Latino families to a housing mix that is mainly single- and multi-family houses with some apartment buildings. Zoning changes has slowed down the rate at which single-family houses have been replaced by larger buildings.
To the west is Briarwood at Parsons Boulevard. To the north is Flushing's Hillcrest neighborhood at Union Turnpike. (Some would say at the Grand Central Parkway.) Jamaica Estates is to the east along Home Lawn Street. Cross Hillside Avenue south to downtown Jamaica.
History and Landmarks
In the late 1800s the area was home to many mansions and was considered an elite area. When the LIRR and subways expanded through nearby Jamaica in the early 1900s, development spread to Jamaica Hills, increasing housing density. Since that time the area has been middle class. None of the original mansions remain.
Jamaica High School is a local landmark. It's a beautiful campus poised on a hill above Captain Tilly Park. Famous alumni include scientist Stephen Jay Gould, humorist Art Buchwald, and Olympic champion Bob Beamon. In 2009 NYC announced plans to close the high school due to declining student scores, but court challenges have thwarted that plan.
The Jamaica Muslim Center on 168th Street has attracted Muslim families to the area since opening at the present location in the 1980s. The mosque accommodates up to 2,000 worshipers.
Parks and Green Spaces
The street of Jamaica Hills are pretty green with trees and gardens in the front of homes, but there's only one park. Captain Tilly Park is nine acres of playground, trees, and a pond. There's a Spanish-American War monument in the park. On weekends neighborhood kids often use the ball courts outside the nearby high schools.
The F subway extends along Hillside Avenue with stations at Parsons Boulevard and 169th Street. It's at least 45 minutes to Manhattan. The neighborhood has easy access to the Grand Central Parkway, Jackie Robinson Parkway, and the Van Wyck Expressway.
- Shopping - There are limited shopping options on the commercial streets in Jamaica Hills.
- Queens Library - Central Library - 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432
- Parking can be tight on the commercial streets, but is usually fine on side streets.
- Post Office - Jamaica, 8840 164th St, Jamaica, NY
- Hospital - Queens Hospital Center, 8268 164th Street Jamaica, NY 11432
- Police Station - 107th Precinct, 71-01 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, NY, 11365, 718-969-5100
- Community Board 8
- Schools - P.S. 131 has a very good reputation.
- Zip Code - 11432