Queens/Jamaica

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Jamaica is an expansive neighborhood located in eastern Queens. Historically consisting of predominantly black communities, Jamaica now is home to an extremely diverse array of peoples and cultures.


Buy

  • Jamaica Avenue is the neighborhood's main throughfare, with a plethora of shops. The street is very pedestrian friendly, and items are typically cheap.


See

  • King Manor Museum (15003 Jamaica Ave) is the historic home of Rufus King, a signer of the U.S. Constitution. The house exhibits the story of Jamaica Village in the early 1800's.


Do

  • Afrikan Poetry Theatre (17603 Jamaica Ave) hosts classes, activist and cultural programs, musical performances, and produces original plays.
  • Black Spectrum Theatre (11907 Merrick Blvd) creates theatre and film that focuses on educating African American youth on racial issues, as well as highlights emerging Black artists.
  • Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (16104 Jamaica Ave) is the heart of Jamaica's art culture, organizing workshops, classes, exhibits, and performances in the visual and performing arts.


  • Take a walk in Rufus King Park and watch locals play soccer in the field.


Get in

  • Jamaica is the closest neighborhood to JFK Airport, the busiest airport in the United States. To get to Jamaica, take AirTrain JFK directly to Jamaica Station.

Jamaica Station is a major transportation hub for Long Island Railroad and one of the busiest train stations in the country. It is served by every LIRR line except for the Port Washington Branch.