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The Short Queens New York Ghetto Story

Queens is unlike any other part New York City as Queens New York neighborhoods are built more like a suburb compared to Brooklyn or the Bronx.

Despite communities like Southside Jamaica Queens being constructed after the majority of other NYC neighborhoods were built, the streets of the Queens New York ghetto are no different from any other section or borough of New York.

History of the Queens New York Neighborhoods

After subways and bridges were built many people moved into the borough of Queens, during the beginning of the 1900s.

After World War II, between the late 1940s and the 1960s, many African-Americans, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans would follow by moving into their own sections of Queens.

The northern section of Queens has many different ethnic groups which includes West Indians and multiple cultures from different Latin and Asian backgrounds, all living within the same neighborhoods of the Queens New York ghetto as many came during the 1980s.


A Breakdown of the Queens New York Ghetto, Part 1

Some of the most known ‘hoods in the northern section of Queens New York ghetto are Astoria, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona.

Other areas include Long Island City (LIC), Woodside Projects, Ditmars Blvd., Ridgewood, Elechester / Pomonok Houses, Flushing and small parts of Bayside around Oceania Street.

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Queens New York Projects. Courtesy of Kathryn / Flickr

Astoria, only minutes away from Manhattan, is a large area  with multiple ethnic backgrounds and is well known for the Queens New York projects of Queensbridge, Ravenswood and the AQ Projects.

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


A Breakdown of the Queens New York Ghetto, Part 2

The majority of the Queens County black population lives in communities that are south of the Hempstead train line.

The southern part of Queens New York neighborhoods has more traditional African-American communities as the area is not as diverse with different cultures living amongst each other.

The Queens New York neighborhoods of this section include Hollis, Queens Village (ShadyVille), SouthSide Jamaica Queens, West Side Merrick, LA (Laurelton), Rochdale Village, Rosedale (Mobzdale), Springfield and St. Albans.

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In this section, African-Americans started in the areas of SouthSide Jamaica Queens and St. Albans around Linden Boulevard, but would eventually move into places like Hollis and Laurelton during the 1960s.

As many white families left this section of Queens, the community slowly became predominantly black by the 1970s, and starting during the 1980s families from the West Indies began to reside in these Queens New York neighborhoods.

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

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Courtesy of The All-Nite Images / Flickr

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.

Along with certain Queens New York gangs, this region of Queens has other ‘hoods like Rockaway Park, the 60s (Arvene) and the 40eez, Edgemere Houses and OceanVillage all within the Edgemere neighborhood.


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