Jamaica is one of the hubs of the borough.  It is home to the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and Cultural Collaborative Jamaica. Both offer classes and organize programs and community events. You can also enjoy shopping along Jamaica Avenue or the Pedestrian Mall at 165th St. for jewelry, clothes, health and beauty products.

Located in the geographic center of Queens in Community District 12, Jamaica is a major transportation center servicing well over 100,000 commuters daily. In addition, JFK International Airport is located in this area. Jamaica has experienced significant economic growth since the 1970s, and has been regaining its importance in the region as an office hub whose development has been fueled by several public sector facilities such as the Social Security Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Food and Drug Administration.

There is a significant local small business core and new retail development in the area.  Jamaica has four Business Improvement Districts that support commercial corridors in Downtown Jamaica: the 165st Street Mall BID, 180th St. BID, Jamaica Center BID, and Sutphin Boulevard BID.

Retail Corridor

Sutphin Blvd

Jamaica Ave.

Hillside Ave.

Local Organizations

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Plans, promotes, coordinates and advances responsible development to revitalize Jamaica and strengthen the region.

JFK Chamber of Commerce
Seeks to develop an environment in which members of the business community work together to enhance growth, well being and economic development of the airport community and its aviation industry.

Small Business Services
Workforce1 Career Center prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City.

Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District
Promotes economic development of Sutphin Boulevard in downtown Jamaica, Queens.

Jamaica Center Business Improvement District
Ensures that the district is attractive, welcoming, safe, clean, and graffiti-free.

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
Offers visual, performing and literary arts programs to encourage participation and contribution to the cultural enrichment of Queens. Read more in our attractions page.

Queens Air Services Development Office
Created to match the purchasing needs of aviation industry buyers at JFK International and LaGuardia airports with the broad range of businesses and service providers available locally.


Local Representatives

Leroy Comrie -New York City Council

Community Board No. 12

Nearby Neighborhoods

Kew Gardens