Jamaica is a middle-class neighborhood in Queens, New York. Part of the neighborhood is residential, but it is mainly composed of commercial and retail establishments. Jamaica is bordered by Hollis to the east; St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Rochdale Village to the southeast; South Jamaica to the south; Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park to the west; Briarwood to the northwest; and Kew Gardens Hills, Jamaica Hills, and Jamaica Estates to the north.
Major streets include – Archer Avenue, Hillside Avenue, Jamaica Avenue, Liberty Avenue, Merrick Boulevard, Rockaway Boulevard, Parsons Boulevard, Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Sutphin Boulevard, and Union Turnpike, as well as the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) and the Grand Central Parkway.
There are several government buildings located in Jamaica, including Queens Civil Court, the civil branch of Queens County Supreme Court, the Queens County Family Court, and the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, which is home to the Social Security Administration’s Northeastern Program Service Center. Jamaica is also home to the Northeast Regional Laboratory and the New York District Office of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Around Jamaica Avenue is Jamaica Center, a major commercial area. The official address of the New York Racing Association, based at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, is Jamaica. Jamaica also has the John F. Kennedy International Airport and nearby hotels.
The Eastern Region of the Federal Aviation Administration has its offices on Rockaway Boulevard in South Jamaica, near JFK Airport. Several businesses are at the nearby John F. Kennedy International Airport. North American Airlines is headquartered at JFK. Moreover, Nippon Cargo Airlines’ New York City offices are located there as well.
The Jamaica station on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is a central transfer point. The LIRR headquarters is next to the Jamaica station. The station serves all commuter railroad passenger branches except the Port Washington Branch.
New York City Subway’s IND Queens Boulevard Line (E, F, and *F> trains) terminates at 179th Street station, at the foot of Jamaica Estates, a neighborhood of mansions north of Jamaica’s central business district. The Archer Avenue Lines (E, J, and Z trains) serve Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue–JFK Airport and Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer stations. The Jamaica Yard, at the south end of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, abuts Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway.
Jamaica Coordinates: 40.7°N 73.8°W