2.7 out of 10


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Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Retirees


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Not the best town in Queens"

Located close to JFK International Airport, Springfield Gardens North is a lower class community. It is generally considered to be shoddier than Springfield Gardens South, but then again, none of the neighborhoods that are close to the airport are all that great. The population is very diverse with a pretty good mix of African American, Caucasian, Haitian, Hispanic, and Guyanese residents. There is a very wide range of housing options, but most of the homes are pretty cheap (at least by New York City standards). Most of the action in Springfield Gardens North takes place on Merrick Boulevard or Farmers Boulevard, but there isn't great diversity in the shops and restaurants, and there certainly aren't too many trendy or upscale stores. There aren't too many recreational options either. The town doesn't have a very good reputation for safety either and the school district is nothing to brag about. The town's proximity to JFK International Airport can be good or bad. While people seem to like the restaurants at JFK, they also complain because of the heavy air traffic noise. Overall, this is probable one of the worst towns in Queens, and the biggest thing it has going for it is its cheap prices.
  • Diverse population with ethnic food options
  • Affordable
  • Close to JFK
  • Noise from the airport
  • Bad reputation for safety
  • Mediocre schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
MarcoM THE COMMENTS here are simply NOT TRUE. ROCHDALE is one of the great area of Jamaica Queens and this is 2014. It has a nice park, 2 malls, it's own power plant. The Apartments are beautiful etc. It has it's own security etc. You don't hear crimes etc in the surrounding area etc. I don't know why the 3 people in here wrote these stupid comments. These comments were written in 2009 and 2011 so I can see why.
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"Almost feel sorry for those who live here"

The neighborhoods that surround John F. Kennedy International Airport (the city’s largest hub for transportation by flight) aren’t exactly prime real estate. This probably has lot to do with the constant noise from the jets overhead, leaving the surrounding neighborhoods rather bereft looking as not too many rich people or businesses are dying to move in. There has been a bit of change over the years, of course, as many homes have been reworked to be made more accessible for larger families. This area looks much like a very old sort of suburbia (at least compared to the stereotypical New York neighborhood), with a lot of small one-story homes.

"Historic but not the greatest neighborhood in Queens"

Springfield Gardens North is a southeastern neighborhood of Queens, New York. This area was first settled by Europeans who arrived in 1660 and farmed the neighborhood until the mid-19th century. The are is bounded to the north by St. Albans, to the east by Laurelton, to the south by John F. Kennedy International Airport, and to the west by Farmers Boulevard.

Most of the residential development came in the 1920s as the Long Island Rail Road service expanded to the area at the Springfield Gardens station. Today the neighborhood still maintains a low-rise suburban nature. Part of the neighborhood has even been registered as a historic district, but many of the homes have been torn down to make room for more families and larger complexes. Caribbean immigrants, including Jamaicans, Haitians, and Guyanese all populate the neighborhood.

Overall feel for the neighborhood is a little shaky. Let's put it bluntly...As a woman, I wouldn't feel safe going out at dusk, and even during the day, I would prefer to walk around with a companion.
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