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MAP: Jamaica Residents Can't Agree On the Neighborhood's Boundaries

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | September 30, 2015 7:07pm

QUEENS — Jamaica residents can't agree on where their neighborhood begins and ends.

Last month, DNAinfo New York asked its readers to draw the borders of their neighborhoods.

More than 12,000 New Yorkers responded, claiming the boundaries to the areas they live in. But the results revealed that no one can decide on Jamaica's borders.

Some readers defined the neighborhood strictly as downtown Jamaica — an area stretching along the commercial portion of Jamaica Avenue, roughly between the Van Wyck Expressway and 175th Street, and between Hillside and Liberty avenues.

But a large group of readers thought the border should be extended all the way to Linden Boulevard on the south and 180th Street on the east.

Still others also included South Jamaica, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, Rochdale Village, Hollis, St. Albans, Briarwood and Jamaica Hills.

There were also several readers who seemed to think Jamaica takes up nearly one third of Queens — from Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and South Ozone Park all the way to Jamaica Estates and Queens Village.

Two readers even included Forest Hills.

Then there was a minority of 10 people who included JFK Airport as part of the neighborhood, which is sometimes referred to as being located in Jamaica.  

The opinions on boundaries varied especially depending on how long readers had lived in the area.

Residents who said they'd been in the neighborhood for more than 20 years thought Jamaica's boundaries should include the surrounding neighborhoods, possibly because traditionally downtown Jamaica served the center of the so called Greater Jamaica area, where the former Town of Jamaica once was, stretching from Ozone Park to Queens Village.

Newer residents on the other hand more often thought the boundary ran along the downtown area.

For those who want to join the conversation can still draw their own version of Jamaica on the map below: