Jamaica, New York

Jamaica: A neighborhood in Queens, New York City. It is known for its large Jamaican population, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and the Baisley Pond Park.


Jamaica is a city located in the county of Queens in the U.S. state of New York.

Jamaica is a neighborhood located in the New York City borough of Queens. With over 200,000 residents, it is one of the most populous neighborhoods in NYC.

History and Origins

Jamaica originated as a Dutch settlement named “Ryck's Sight” in the 17th century. It grew significantly as a commuter town into NYC.

Key historical facts:

  • First settled by the Dutch and named after the Lenape word for “beaver”
  • Became part of the English Province of New York in 1664
  • Main shopping district developed around Jamaica Avenue in the late 1800s
  • Expanded as a streetcar suburb and commute hub into Manhattan

Economy and Industries

Jamaica relies heavily on retail, transportation, healthcare, banking, and municipal services. Major employers include:

  • NYC Department of Education
  • Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
  • Queens Borough Public Library
  • MTA bus operations

Attractions and Things to Do

Popular attractions include:

  • Jamaica Center transportation hub
  • York College and St. John’s University campuses
  • Queens Public Library at Jamaica
  • Restaurants and shops along Jamaica Avenue
  • Forest Park offering green space and recreational facilities

Jamaica provides diverse culture, transit connections, and amenities within the expansive NYC metro region.

Jamaica locator map
Location of Jamaica on New York map.

Quick Facts about Jamaica

Population : 216,866
Country : United States of America
State : New York (United States)
County : Queens County
Area : 6915268 km2
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 19:33:54 (20th April 2024)
Postal code : 11424
New York City - Queens - Jamaica locator map image
New York City - Queens - Jamaica
New York City - Queens - Jamaica locator map image


Jamaica is located at 40°41'29"N 73°48'20"W (40.6914900, -73.8056900).

Jamaica map

Jamaica zip code is 11424. County name: Queens, County fips: 36081

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People born in Jamaica (92)

People born in Jamaica, including actress Debi Mazar, actress Cecily Adams, basketball player Tina Charles, .


  • Lamar Odom (American basketball player) he was born in 06/11/1979
  • Scott Ian (American musician) he was born in 31/12/1963
  • Milford Graves (American drummer) he was born in 20/08/1941
  • Dana Dawson (American actress (1974-2010)) she was born in 07/08/1974
  • Assata Shakur (American activist and convicted felon who was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army) she was born in 16/07/1947
  • Mario Cuomo (American politician, Governor of New York, United States (1932–2015)) he was born in 15/06/1932
  • D. B. Woodside (actor) he was born in 25/07/1969
  • Kyle O'Quinn (American basketball player) he was born in 26/03/1990
  • Obba Babatundé (American actor) he was born in 01/12/1951
  • Nelson DeMille (American writer) he was born in 23/08/1943
  • Sundiata Gaines (American basketball player) he was born in 18/04/1986
  • Caprice Coleman (American professional wrestler) he was born in 20/03/1977
  • William Diehl (American writer) he was born in 04/12/1924
  • Tim Kempton (American basketball player) he was born in 25/01/1964
  • Marinus Willett (American mayor) he was born in 31/07/1740
  • Jeffrey R. MacDonald (Military physician, convicted of murder) he was born in 12/10/1943
  • Marc Iavaroni (American basketball player and coach) he was born in 15/09/1956
  • Bernard Wright (American musician) he was born in 16/11/1963

Schools in Jamaica

College & universities near Jamaica, NY

Code Name City ZIP
190691 CUNY York College Jamaica (NY) 11451

Stations (16)

Amtrak & bus stations near Jamaica, NY

Code Name Address Type
NYP Pennsylvania Station 8th Ave 31st Street / 8th Ave 33rd Street RAIL
NRO New Rochelle station 1 Railroad Plaza RAIL
YNY Yonkers station 5 Buena Vista Ave. RAIL
NWK Pennsylvania Station 1 Raymond Plaza West RAIL
EWR Newark Liberty International Airport Newark Liberty International Airport RAIL

Post offices near Jamaica

Post Office Name City ZIP
Archer Ave New Post Office Jamaica (NY) 11435

Other places with the same name (4)

  • Jamaica , Vermont town in Vermont, United States with a population of 1,025 people.
  • Jamaica , Iowa city in Iowa, United States with a population of 218 people.
  • Jamaica , Illinois human settlement in Illinois, United States of America with a population of 184 people.

Other cities in Queens County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Queens County , NY.

City Name Population Title
Queens 2,339,150 The most populous borough of New York City.
Richmond Hill 98,984 A hamlet in the Town of Mount Pleasant, New York.
Hillside 24,808 Census-designated place in Ulster County, New York
Arverne 14,120 Neighborhood in Queens, New York City
Roxbury 2,296 Town in Delaware County, New York

Distance to Other Cities

Jamaica distances to largest New York cities