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East Elmhurst
Neighborhood of Queens
Astoria Boulevard, a wide boulevard that serves East Elmhurst
Astoria Boulevard, a wide boulevard that serves East Elmhurst
Country  United States
State  New York
City Flag of New York City.svg New York City
Borough Flag of Queens County, New York.png Queens
Community District Queens 3
Area
 • Total 1.795 km2 (0.693 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 23,150
 • Density 12,897/km2 (33,403/sq mi)
Race/Ethnicity
 • Hispanic 63.5%
 • Black 25.4%
 • White 4.7%
 • Asian 4.4%
 • Other/Multiracial 2.1%
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
11369, 11370, 11371
Area codes 718, 347, 929, and 917

East Elmhurst is a residential neighborhood in the northwest section of the New York City borough of Queens. It is bounded to the south by Jackson Heights and Corona, to the north and east by Bowery Bay, and to the west by Woodside and Ditmars Steinway. The area includes LaGuardia Airport, located on the shore of Flushing Bay, and Astoria Heights (ZIP Code 11370).

East Elmhurst is part of Queens Community District 3 and its ZIP Codes are 11369, 11370, and 11371. The neighborhood is patrolled by the New York City Police Department's 115th Precinct, though the airport is patrolled by the Port Authority Police Department. East Elmhurst and its southern neighbor Corona are often referred to jointly as "Corona/East Elmhurst".

Demographics

Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of East Elmhurst was 23,150, an increase of 1,967 (9.3%) from the 21,183 counted in 2000. Covering an area of 443.53 acres (179.49 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 52.2 inhabitants per acre (33,400/sq mi; 12,900/km2).

The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 4.7% (1,092) White, 25.4% (5,869) African American, 0.2% (46) Native American, 4.4% (1,023) Asian, 0.1% (14) Pacific Islander, 0.6% (146) from other races, and 1.2% (269) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 63.5% (14,691) of the population.

According to the 2020 census data from New York City Department of City Planning, there were between 20,000 to 29,999 Hispanic residents while each the White, Black, and Asian residents all were each less than 5000 residents.

In 2011, the median move-in year for residents of one census tract in East Elmhurst was found to be 1974, the oldest of any of the more than 2,000 census tracts in the city.

Infrastructure

Fire safety

East Elmhurst is served by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)'s Engine Co. 316 fire station, located at 27-12 Kearney Street.

Transportation

Public transit

There are no New York City Subway stations nearby, but MTA Regional Bus Operations' Q19, Q23, Q33, Q47, Q48, Q49, Q66, Q69, Q72, and M60 SBS buses serve East Elmhurst.

Roads

East Elmhurst Pillars on the Grand Central Parkway-3
Pillars on the Grand Central Parkway aligned with 71st Street

Highways:

Boulevards:

  • Ditmars Boulevard
  • Astoria Boulevard
  • Northern Boulevard
  • 94th Street (in East Elmhurst until Northern Blvd. going South; then it becomes Junction Boulevard from there).

Pedestrian Overpass:

  • 73rd Street Pedestrian Overpass Bridge - a pedestrian bridge over the Grand Central Parkway that connects Astoria Boulevard North in Astoria Heights to St. Michael's Cemetery and Q19 bus stop on Astoria Boulevard South.
  • There are two Flushing Bay Promenade pedestrian footbridges, one via 27th Avenue and the other via 31st Drive.

Co-Named Streets:

  • Father Eugene F. Donnelly Corner is located on the corner of 80th Street and 25th Avenue next to Our Lady of Fatima Parish. It was named after Father Donnelly who served as parish priest to the Our Lady of Fatima Parish community in East Elmhurst for 42 years. The street co-naming event took place on September 21, 2013.
  • Mount Everest Way is located on the corner of 75th Street and 31st Avenue. Installed in 2019, it is a tribute to growing Nepalese community here in East Elmhurst and the surrounding neighborhoods of Jackson Heights and Woodside.
  • Emma Brandt Way is located on the corner of 74th Street and 30th Avenue. Installed in 2016, it honors longtime civic leader Emma Brandt, who was involved in many local organizations including the Elmhurst Hospital Advisory Board, the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association, and the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.
  • Arthur Hayes Way is located on the corner of 32nd Avenue and 104th Street.
  • Leverich Memorial Church Way is located on 32nd Avenue and 102nd Street near the Leverich Memorial Church. It was installed in 2009.

Airport

LaGuardia Airport (31059535714)
Aerial View of LaGuardia Airport

Post offices and ZIP Codes

East Elmhurst covers three ZIP Codes: 11369 (East Elmhurst east of 85th Street), 11370 (East Elmhurst west of 85th Street and the sub-neighborhood of Astoria Heights), and 11371 (LaGuardia Airport). The United States Post Office operates two locations in East Elmhurst:

  • East Elmhurst Station – 9107 25th Avenue
  • Trainsmeadow Station – 75-77 31st Avenue

Education

Public schools

New York City Department of Education operates District 30 public schools in the area. P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School is an elementary school for grades PK-8. East Elmhurst Community School serves students PK-3. Also in East Elmhurst is the application school, I.S. 227 Louis Armstrong Middle School (grades 5–8), for Queens residents. A small section of the neighborhood is zoned for a separate district in Whitestone, causing some children to attend P.S. 21 for elementary and J.H.S 185 for middle school.

Private schools

McClancy Mem HS 31 Av 72 St jeh
Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School along 31st Avenue in East Elmhurst
Lexington School for the Deaf jeh
Lexington School and Center for the Deaf from 75th Street in East Elmhurst
  • Our Lady of Fatima School - a Catholic school for nursery to 8th Grade
  • Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School - a Catholic high school
  • Lexington School and Center for the Deaf - the oldest and largest school for the deaf in New York. The school is state-supported.

Colleges

East Elmhurst is home to Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology located at 86-01 23rd Avenue, abutting Grand Central Parkway.

Other

The Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, "conceived and designed by the residents of the Corona-East Elmhurst community", houses one of the most extensive collections of African American art and literature. A component of the Queens Library system, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, is located in Corona on Northern Boulevard. The Black Heritage Reference Center, a part of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, serves Queens with a comprehensive reference and circulating collection, totaling approximately 30,000 volumes of materials written about and related to Black culture.

Notable people

During the 1950s and 1960s the area was home to legendary African American musicians, civil rights leaders, professionals, and athletes including Malcolm X, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Heath, Frankie Lymon, Charlie Shavers, Ella Fitzgerald, and Willie Mays. During the late 1960s and early 1970s. numerous New York Mets such as Ed Charles and Tommie Agee called East Elmhurst home. East Elmhurst is the childhood home of former US Attorney General Eric Holder and is home to former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Jazz vocalist Norman Mapp also made East Elmhurst his home.

Other notable current and former residents include:

  • Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor
  • Harry Belafonte (born 1927), singer-songwriter, actor and activist.
  • Clive Bradley
  • Guy R. Brewer (1904-1978), politician.
  • Ed Charles
  • Charles "Honi" Coles (1911–1992), actor and tap dancer, best known for his role as Tito Suarez in the film Dirty Dancing
  • Keith David
  • Michael DenDekker, former Assemblymember of the NY's 34th Assembly District.
  • Father Eugene F. Donnelly (-2012 - a former Our Lady of Fatima Parish priest who served the East Elmhurst community for 47 years.
  • Ray Felix (1930–1991), professional basketball player who played in the NBA for the New York Knicks
  • Bobby Hammond (born 1952), former running back who played in the National Football League for five seasons with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins before starting a career as a coach
  • Steve Henderson
  • P. J. Hill, Jr.
  • Eric Holder
  • Langston Hughes
  • Kwamé
  • Eric B.
  • Ron Amen-Ra Lawrence
  • Christopher "Play" Martin
  • Christopher "Kid" Reid
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Qubilah Shabazz (born 1960), second daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz
  • Malcolm X (1925–1965), African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist, whose home in East Elmhurst was firebombed in February 1965, a week before he was assassinated

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