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Queens Neighborhood Names and the U.S. Post Office

Why doesn't my mail say my neighborhood name?

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I live in Middle Village, Queens, but my mail says Flushing! That doesn't make any sense. What gives?

When I lived in Brooklyn, my mail said Brooklyn. Why doesn't my mail in Forest Hills just say Queens?

The New York City borough of Queens is made up of many local neighborhoods. Residents often refer to their neighborhood when asked where they live, rather than Queens. This local identification can confuse non-residents, and as a result, our neighborhoods are often mis-identified.

Before joining New York City in the 1890s, the area now known as Queens wasn't a city but a rural county with several villages and towns, including present-day Nassau County. Brooklyn, on the other hand, was its own city before joining New York City. The naming conventions from the past have lingered for both boroughs. Brooklyn residents getting their mail delivered to "Brooklyn," and Queens residents to neighborhoods.

To further confuse matters, the U.S. Post Office recognizes both neighborhood names and five "cities" or larger encompassing areas that it identified and introduced in the 1960s as part of the ZIP code system. The post office designations do not necessarily conform existing neighborhood boundaries. These grouping were officially eliminated in 1998, but the zip codes are still used for mail delivery. The five larger zones are:

  • Floral Park - all zip codes starting with "110."
  • Long Island City - all zip codes starting with "111."
  • Flushing - all zip codes starting with "113."
  • Jamaica - all zip codes starting with "114."
  • Far Rockaway - all zip codes starting with "116."

Does the neighborhood name really matter? Not to the Post Office. Everything gets sorted according to zip code. Neighborhood names do matter to residents, investors, and real estate agents. We take pride in neighborhoods. We define ourselves by our neighborhoods. We compare our neighborhoods, and real estate agents tend to play up the differences. The five zones downplayed neighborhood identification, irritating residents.

QUEENS NEIGHBORHOODS ACCORDING TO POSTAL DESIGNATIONS

Floral Park

These neighborhoods are "Floral Park" according to the post office, and their zip codes start with "110."
  • Glen Oaks
  • Floral Park (also in Nassau County)
  • New Hyde Park (also in Nassau County)
  • North Shore Towers

Long Island City

These neighborhoods are "Long Island City" according to the post office, and their zip codes start with "111."
  • Astoria
  • Blissville
  • Ditmars
  • Dutch Kills
  • Hunters Point
  • Queensbridge
  • Ravenswood
  • Steinway
  • Sunnyside
  • Sunnyside Gardens

Flushing

These neighborhoods are "Flushing" according to the post office, and their zip codes start with "113."

Jamaica

These neighborhoods are "Jamaica" according to the post office, and their zip codes start with "114."
  • Addisleigh Park
  • Briarwood
  • Brookville
  • Cambria Heights
  • Hamilton Beach
  • Hillcrest
  • Hollis
  • Hollis Hills
  • Holliswood
  • Howard Beach
  • Jamaica
  • Jamaica Estates
  • Jamaica Hills
  • Kew Gardens
  • Laurelton
  • Lindenwood
  • Meadowmere
  • Ozone Park
  • Queens Village
  • Richmond Hill
  • Rochdale Village
  • Rosedale
  • South Jamaica
  • South Ozone Park
  • Springfield Gardens
  • St. Albans
  • Warnersville
  • Woodhaven

Far Rockaway

These neighborhoods are "Far Rockaway" according to the post office, and their zip codes start with "116."
  • Arverne
  • Bayswater
  • Belle Harbor
  • Breezy Point
  • Broad Channel
  • Edgemere
  • Far Rockaway
  • Neponsit
  • Rockaway Park
  • Roxsbury
  • Seaside
  • Wavecrest
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