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Cambria Heights
Neighborhood of Queens
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Coordinates: 40°41′42″N 73°44′06″W / 40.695°N 73.735°W / 40.695; -73.735Coordinates: 40°41′42″N 73°44′06″W / 40.695°N 73.735°W / 40.695; -73.735
Country  United States
State  New York
City New York City
County/Borough Queens
Community District Queens 13
Named for Cambria Construction Company
Elevation
15 m (49 ft)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 18,677
Ethnicity
 • White 1.4%
 • Black 90.3%
 • Hispanic 5.2%
 • Asian 0.8%
 • Other 2.3%
Economics
 • Median income $62,071
ZIP Code
11411
Area code(s) 718, 347, 929, and 917

Cambria Heights is a residential neighborhood in the southeastern portion of the New York City borough of Queens. It is bounded by Springfield Boulevard and Francis Lewis Boulevard to the west, the Elmont, Nassau County border on the east, Queens Village to the north, St. Albans to the west, and Montefiore Cemetery and Laurelton, Springfield Gardens and Rosedale to the south. As of 2010, Cambria Heights's population was 18,677. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.

Demographics

Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Cambria Heights was 18,677, a decrease of 2,267 (10.8%) from the 20,944 counted in 2000. Covering an area of 772.01 acres (312.42 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 24.2 inhabitants per acre (15,500/sq mi; 6,000/km2).

The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 1.4% (259) White, 90.3% (16,862) African American, 0.2% (42) Native American, 0.8% (157) Asian, 0.0% (6) Pacific Islander, 0.3% (62) from other races, and 1.7% (325) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% (964) of the population.

The original population consisted primarily of Roman Catholics of Italian, German, and Irish descent, and Jewish families relocating from Brooklyn. The present neighborhood has a large middle class Caribbean and African American population. The median home cost is $450,600.

Education

The public elementary schools in Cambria Heights are PS 176 Cambria Heights (grades PK-5) and PS/MS 147 Ronald McNair (PK-8). There are four magnet high schools on the campus of Andrew Jackson High School, which are dedicated to: arts and humanities; business computer applications; mathematics, science and technology; and law, government and community service.

Transportation

Bus lines that serve through the neighborhood include the Q4, Q27, Q77, Q83, Q84 local buses, connecting to the New York City Subway and other bus routes in Queens, as well as the X64 express bus.

Notable residents

Cambria Heights
House of Tony Santiago at 117-39 220th Street

Notable current and former residents of Cambria Heights include:

  • Michael Bentt (born 1964), retired heavyweight boxer turned actor of Jamaican lineage.
  • Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Famer attended Andrew Jackson High School.
  • Chick Corea (1941–2021), a Miles Davis band veteran, played electric piano for Stan Getz.
  • Gabe Dalmath, award-winning journalist and TV news anchor WHEC-TV.
  • Bud Harrelson (born 1944), shortstop for the New York Mets championship team of 1969.
  • Lena Horne (1917-2010), singer
  • Henry Petroski (born 1942), whose 2002 book Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer describes his teenage years in Cambria Heights.
  • Rick Pitino (born 1952), head basketball head coach at the University of Louisville.
  • Lillian Roberts (born 1928), labor leader who served from 2002 through 2014 as the Executive Director of District Council 37 (DC37), the largest municipal union in New York City.
  • Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), baseball player
  • Barbara Rubin (1945–1980), filmmaker
  • Maggie Van Ostrand, writer.
  • Dennis Walcott (born 1951), Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development in administration of Michael Bloomberg; before that, President and CEO of New York Urban League
  • Mary Weiss (born 1948), lead singer with The Shangri-Las.

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