Queens is a city with in a city. Jamaica almost
did not become part of Queens until the 1898 consolidation
of New York City in to 5 boro's. Jamaica is
comprised of Hillside, Jamaica Hills, and Rochdale.
Rochdale is a housing complex of cooperative apartments built
in the 60's. Rochdale apartments are home to
a great number of people, so residents consider it
to be a separate area, but it is still within the
Jamaica neighborhood. Jamaica Hills is home
to mostly single and multi-family homes and its claim
to fame is that contains the Jamaica High School within
its boundaries. Today, Jamaica is filled with
large shopping malls and a city landscape of low-cost
housing structures. Most of the commercial buildings
one would see in Jamaica appears to be run down and
useless. The irony is that Jamaica Queens once
was as commercial empire of New York.
history shows that is was actually the British Capital
of the New York Colony back in the earlier settlers
days. Jamaica was also the home of the first
church in Queens, New York. Through the years Jamaica
has changed, as it has now become a starting point
for many immigrants. Jamaica is mostly made
up of lower middle class families, and students
attending near by colleges.
is filled with one to six story buildings, and other
types of low cost housing structures. General
rents in the area for studio ranges from $400-$700,
one bedroom from $600-$900, two and three bedroom
apartments from $1000-$1500.
Jamaica you can get on New York subways "E, F, J
& Z" trains, which will have you in Midtown
in 25 minutes and Downtown in 35 minutes.
Jamaica also has access to the Long Island Rail
Road (LIRR) which can have you in New York PENN
Station in about 17 minutes.