Queens, NY


The Short Queens New York Ghetto Story

Queens is unlike any other part of the city; with this borough looking more like a suburb, since most of Queens was built after the other neighborhoods of the city, but the streets of the Queens New York ghetto is no different from any other community in the city.

After subways and bridges were built, many people moved into Queens, during the beginning of the 1900s.  After the second World War, from the late 1940s to the 1960s, many African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans would follow by moving into their own sections of Queens.*

The northern section of the borough has many different ethnic groups from the West Indies and multiple cultures from different Latin and Asian countries, all living in the same neighborhoods of the Queens New York ghetto.

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Queensbridge Houses of Astoria. Courtesy Paul Sableman

Many of the newer immigrants began to come into the city during the 1980s. The most known and biggest parts of the Queens New York ghetto were Astoria, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona.  Other areas are Long Island City (LIC), Woodside Projects, Ditmars Blvd., Ridgewood, Elechester / Pomonok Houses, small parts of Bayside around Oceania Street, and Flushing.


Astoria, only minutes away from Manhattan, is a large area that is known for the housing projects of Queensbridge, Ravenswood, and the AQ Projects. Astoria is a community that has multiple races and ethnic groups living in the neighborhood.

In the area of Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona is the legendary apartment complex of Lefrak City, as well as past and current affiliations of Always Bangin’ Kingz, Netas, Trinitarios and other Hispanic affiliations throughout the neighborhoods.

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Lefrak City. Courtesy of Kathryn/Flickr.com

The southern part of Queens has more traditional black communities of the Queens New York ghetto, with the area not being as diverse and filled with different cultures all living in the same area.

The majority of the Queens County black population lives in communities that are south of the Hempstead train line. The neighborhoods include Hollis, Queens Village, Jamaica (South Side and West Side Merrick), Laurelton, Rochdale and Rochdale Village, Springfield, Rosedale, and St. Albans.

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South Side Jamaica. Courtesy of The All-Nite Images/Flickr

In this section, black people started in South Jamaica and St. Albans around Linden Boulevard and later moved to Jamaica, Hollis, and Laurelton during the 1960s. As many white families left this section of Queens, the community became predominantly black by the 1970s. Starting during the 1980s people from the West Indies began to come into the community.*

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Far Roc. Courtesy of The All-Nite Images

One of New York City’s most legendary neighborhoods is Far Roc (Far Rockaway), right next to Edgemere and Arverne.

Isolated from the rest of Queens, this area was formerly a beach community, but much of the Far Rockaway area changed after many places closed and the community became mostly low-income apartment buildings.


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*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research.  Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.