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History of Jamaica, New York, USA

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Jamaica, New York, USA

Jamaica, Queens, NY

Jamaica is a middle-class neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 12, which also includes Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Pond Park, Rochdale Village, and South Jamaica. Jamaica is patrolled by the NYPD's 103rd, 113th & 105th Precincts.

It was settled under Dutch rule in 1656 in New Netherland as Rustdorp. Under British rule, Jamaica became the center of the "Town of Jamaica". Jamaica was the county seat of Queens County from the formation of the county in 1683 until March 7, 1788, when the town was reorganized by the state government and the county seat was moved to Mineola (now part of Nassau County). In 1814, Jamaica became the first incorporated village on Long Island. When Queens was incorporated into the City of Greater New York in 1898, both the Town of Jamaica and the Village of Jamaica were dissolved, but the neighborhood of Jamaica regained its role as county seat...


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  • 1854 - Jamaica
    Jamaica, a post-township of Queen's CO., New York, bordering on Jamaica bay. Population, 4247.

    Jamaica, a neat post-village in the above town:...Read MORE...


  • News 1865 - Train Wreck
    A collision occurred on the Long Island Railroad, near Jamaica, between the two engines, General Grant and General Sherman, attached to their...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - RAILROAD DISASTER. TERRIBLE ACCIDENT ON THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD - SIX PERSONS KILLED AND FIFTEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED.
    New York, April 23. - A horrible accident is reported on the Long Island Railroad. The train which left Hunter's Point at 10 o'clock this morning,...Read MORE...


  • Jamaica, New York, USA
    Town Hall
    Postcard
  • 1895 - Jamaica
    Jamaica, a post-village, one of the capitals of Queens co., N.Y., in Jamaica township, on the Long Island Rail road, at the junction of several of...Read MORE...


  • Jamaica, New York, USA
    Presbyterian Church
    Postcard
  • News 1901 - Ran Into Trolley Car - Pleasure Party Comes to grief on Long Island. Two Men Carried Home Dead
    Five of the Party in the Hospital and the Remainder of the 26 Merry-Makers Were More of Less Bruised - The Motorman Under Arrest.

    New York, May...Read MORE...


  • Jamaica, New York, USA
    Chapin Home
    Postcard
  • News 1911 - Electric Train Wreck
    A thick fog descended on the city early yesterday morning and tied up traffic on the railroads and in the harbor until shortly after 11 o'clock, when ...Read MORE...




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  • 1854 - Jamaica
    Jamaica, a post-township of Queen's CO., New York, bordering on Jamaica bay. Population, 4247.

    Jamaica, a neat post-village in the above town:... Read MORE...

  • News  1865 - Train Wreck
    A collision occurred on the Long Island Railroad, near Jamaica, between the two engines, General Grant and General Sherman, attached to their... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - RAILROAD DISASTER. TERRIBLE ACCIDENT ON THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD - SIX PERSONS KILLED AND FIFTEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED.
    New York, April 23. - A horrible accident is reported on the Long Island Railroad. The train which left Hunter's Point at 10 o'clock this morning,... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Jamaica
    Jamaica, a post-village, one of the capitals of Queens co., N.Y., in Jamaica township, on the Long Island Rail road, at the junction of several of... Read MORE...

  • News  1901 - Ran Into Trolley Car - Pleasure Party Comes to grief on Long Island. Two Men Carried Home Dead
    Five of the Party in the Hospital and the Remainder of the 26 Merry-Makers Were More of Less Bruised - The Motorman Under Arrest.

    New York, May... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - Electric Train Wreck
    A thick fog descended on the city early yesterday morning and tied up traffic on the railroads and in the harbor until shortly after 11 o'clock, when ... Read MORE...

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