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About Jamaica

Jamaica is home to York College, some of the best Caribbean food in the city, and Jamaica Center—a lively commercial center. Neighboring Jamaica Estates boasts stunning Tudor-style homes. The Rockaways are a short train ride away. More than a stop on the way to John F. Kennedy International Airport, this neighborhood is home to fantastic nightlife and diverse cultures.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $110,000 to $4,190,000

Closed Prices: $110,000 to $2,700,000

Median Sale Price: $575,000

Average $ per sq ft: $471

Association Fee Ranges:

Around Jamaica

Single-family homes abound on tree-lined streets and the main stretch of Jamaica Avenue. A few row houses and a few mid-rise buildings can also be found in the neighborhood. Properties bordering Baisley Pond Park are prized, as well as homes located in the neighborhood of Cedar Manor. Anything South of Linden Boulevard provides easy access to the beach. Apartments near Liberty Avenue offer quick access to the train, a must for those commuting into Manhattan.

The name of the game in this neighborhood is “follow the locals.” Beijing Dumpling House serves dumplings as excellent as neighboring Flushing, Queens. O Lavrador has been serving Portuguese fare for 40 years. Follow Sutphin Boulevard from north to south for a veritable international feast. When you dine in Jamaica, you dine at the establishments of the families who have made the neighborhood as beautiful and diverse as it is today.

Jamaica Avenue is the artery that runs through the neighborhood. It is home to bargain shops, beloved restaurants, as well as the Jamaica Farmers Market, open every Friday and Saturday. While a bit unusual as far as attractions go, Prospect Cemetery is one of the oldest in New York City—ideal for history and nature buffs alike. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre Inc. is home to a variety of live performances, classes, and social programs. The neighborhood is bustling at almost any hour of the day. The streets are electric, resounding with friendly greetings and traffic. It’s easy to see why it’s been home for many families for generations.

For dinner, head to Vibes, a local hot spot for a live DJ set and soul food in a relaxed environment. But before that, start the night at Sangria Tapas Bar & Restaurant, a local favorite. There is no shortage of energetic spots to start the weekend. Plus, finding somewhere to go dancing after dinner is just as easy. But if watching is more your style, head to Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning for a live performance.

Sybil’s Bakery is the ideal first activity on a Sunday itinerary, or head to Richie’s place for diner classics. Take a 20-minute drive to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, over 12,000 acres of marshes, ponds, and islands await. Birdwatch or set up at the beach for a relaxing afternoon with nature. Head back to Jamaica for dinner at a number of eateries in the area. The energy is family-driven, so expect to spend a few hours around the table, soaking up the last of the weekend while enjoying some authentic cuisine.

Jamaica is just a few minutes from JFK airport, best case scenario for travel, both internationally and locally. Jamaica Train Station is a stop for the Long Island Railroad, leading into Penn Station and to Long Island, in the opposite direction. The X64 bus is a straight shot into Grand Central Station. A few other bus lines will land commuters at the E line, where they’ll have access to much of Manhattan. Owning a car is popular given the notable commute into the city, which is about an hour, depending on the time of day.

Locals Love

  • Access to countless grocers
  • Affordability
  • Proximity to The Rockaways
  • Diverse community

Locals Don't Love

  • Lack of notable greenspace
  • Congestion on Van Wyck Expressway
  • Distance to Manhattan

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