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Neighborhood of Queens
228th Street at 138th Avenue in Laurelton
228th Street at 138th Avenue in Laurelton
Country  United States
State  New York
City  New York City
County/Borough Flag of Queens County, New York.svg Queens
Community District Queens 13
 • Total 24,453
 • Black 90.1%
 • White 1.5
 • Asian 0.7
 • Native American 0.3
 • Hispanic 5.5
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
11413, 11422
Area codes 718, 347, 929, and 917

Laurelton is a largely middle-class neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens and part of the former town of Jamaica. Merrick Boulevard, which bisects the community in a generally east–west direction, forms its commercial spine. It is bounded by Springfield Boulevard to the west, 121st Avenue to the north, Laurelton Parkway to the east, and Conduit Avenue to the south.

Laurelton is located in Queens Community District 13 and its ZIP Codes are 11413 and 11422. It is patrolled by the New York City Police Department's 105th Precinct.


Laurelton derives its name from the Laurelton station on the Long Island Rail Road, which was named for the laurels that grew there over 100 years ago. It was modeled after an English village, with stately Tudor-style homes, both attached and detached. There are co-ops in converted garden apartment complexes and some new construction with more modern designs, but no high-rise buildings, which has enabled Laurelton to keep its small town feel. The area of Laurelton closest to Rosedale and Cambria Heights is mostly made up of single-family homes. The area abutting Springfield Gardens contains many two-family homes. The area south of Merrick Boulevard contains many large, individually designed houses while many of the blocks to the north, running westward from Francis Lewis Boulevard, have attached, Tudor-style rowhouses. The eastern part of Laurelton contains a series of streets with planted center malls.


In the 1930s through the 1970s, Laurelton was home to many Jewish-American families, home to female American radio trio NBC radio vocal harmonists Three X Sisters during the 1930s, but succeeding generations since the 1960s have included various Afro-descended groups, including African-Americans, Caribbean/West Indians and West Africans, many of whom were attracted to Laurelton's more suburban-like environment.

Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Laurelton was 24,453, a decrease of 1,922 (7.3%) from the 26,375 in 2000. Covering an area of 909.17 acres (367.93 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 26.9 inhabitants per acre (17,200/sq mi; 6,600/km2).

The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 1.5% (366) White, 90.1% (22,032) African American, 0.3% (73) Native American, 0.7% (171) Asian, 0.5% (12) Pacific Islander, 0.4% (97) from other races, and 1.6% (391) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% (1,344) of the population.

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Welcome to Laurelton sign, sponsored by Burger King

Belt Parkway exits 24A/B, 23A, and 22 service Laurelton. The section of the Belt Parkway known as the Laurelton Parkway was the subject of a master plan as part of the city's emerging system of greenways and bikeways. The restoration of this 1.5 miles (2.4 km) link was completed in 2006.

The Laurelton station on the Long Island Rail Road, located at 225th Street and 141st Road, offers service via the Far Rockaway and Long Beach branches.

Residents also have access to MTA Regional Bus Operations buses Q5, Q77, Q84, Q85, which connect to New York City Subway stops in Jamaica. The X63 express bus to Manhattan also stops in Laurelton.

Notable residents

  • David Bergman (born 1950), gay writer/academic.
  • Joel Brind, professor of human biology and endocrinology at Baruch College.
  • Sam DeLuca (1936-2011), New York Jets right guard in the 1970s.
  • Derrick Harmon (born 1963), NFL running back for the San Francisco 49ers from 1984-1986.
  • Ronnie Harmon (born 1964), running back, kick returner who played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers.
  • Marcus Jansen (born 1968), painter.
  • Hettie Jones, poet/memoirist and former wife of writer Amiri Baraka.
  • Meir Kahane (1932-1990), head of the youth group of the Young Israel of Laurelton; founded the Jewish Defense League.
  • Doron Lamb (born 1991), Kentucky Wildcats basketball player.
  • Neil Leifer (born 1942), photographer and filmmaker known mainly for his work in the Time Inc. family of magazines.
  • Bernard Madoff, former NASDAQ chairman, convicted of the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.
  • Ruth Madoff (born 1941), wife of Bernie Madoff.
  • Irving Mosberg (1908-1973), politician who served in the New York Senate from 1958 to 1967.
  • Winston Rodney Reggae music legend, AKA "Burning Spear".
  • Elliot Sperling (1951-2017), expert on Tibetan history and the Tibet-China conflict and chair of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University
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