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Coordinates: 40°39′22″N 73°44′24″W / 40.656°N 73.74°W / 40.656; -73.74Coordinates: 40°39′22″N 73°44′24″W / 40.656°N 73.74°W / 40.656; -73.74
Country  United States
State  New York
City  New York City
County/Borough Queens
Community District Queens 13
 • Total 25,063
 • Black 79.9%
 • Hispanic 9.3%
 • White 5.3%
 • Asian 2.2%
 • Other 3.5%
 • Median income $58,396
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes 718, 347, 929, and 917

Rosedale is a neighborhood in New York City in the southeastern portion of the borough of Queens. The neighborhood, located along the southern part of Long Island, borders Nassau County.

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


Rosedale was originally conceived in the consolidation of the borough of Queens as a part of what is now Springfield Gardens. At the time, the Laurelton Land Company was in charge of the new Borough of Queens. It was dotted with farmland that was isolated from each other, so construction on an acceptable mode of transportation was started immediately. The Southern Railroad of Long Island (now Long Island Rail Road) was built and the whole area (today Laurelton, Rosedale, and Springfield Gardens) was served by Laurelton Station. The area was also connected to the Brooklyn waterworks. In the 20th century, the water system was less needed, and its use dwindled. Today the ruins of the aqueduct system can still be seen. After the Long Island Rail Road's construction, many new roads such as Francis Lewis and Sunrise Boulevard (today Sunrise Highway) were constructed. The area that is now Rosedale remained farmland until the mid-1930s. After the former period of relatively slow growth, development rapidly turned Rosedale into a suburban community. Rosedale was originally known as Foster's Meadow.

In 1976, Bill Moyers presented a documentary titled Rosedale: The Way It Is. The program addressed the racial tensions in this community, which was at that time in a transition from what had been primarily an Irish American, Italian American and Jewish community to what is now mostly a community of African Americans and Caribbean immigrants. The area is home to many Caribbean immigrants compared to the Irish, Italian and Jewish Americans of the neighboring Nassau County communities of Valley Stream and Woodmere.


Rosedale is bordered to the north by Cambria Heights, to the east by Valley Stream and North Woodmere (both in Nassau County), to the west by Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, and John F. Kennedy International Airport, and to the south by Inwood and Lawrence in Nassau County. It is at the eastern edge of New York City, at its border with Valley Stream forming part of the boundary between Queens and Nassau County. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13. Many roads of importance in Queens also run through Rosedale such as Francis Lewis Boulevard, Conduit Avenue, Cross Island Parkway, and Belt Parkway, as well as Rockaway Boulevard, Sunrise Highway, and Merrick Boulevard which connect Queens and Nassau Counties.

Warnerville and Meadowmere

Warnerville and Meadowmere are small, oft-forgotten neighborhoods within Rosedale. The area is served by the 11422 ZIP Code, which also covers Rosedale and parts of Kennedy Airport. Warnerville is surrounded on three sides by Jamaica Bay just to the southeast of John F. Kennedy Airport and comprises just three streets, bordered by Rockaway Boulevard on the east, while Meadowmere is surrounded by Nassau County and comprises just four streets and six blocks, bordered on the west by Hook Creek and on the east by Rockaway Boulevard. A footbridge across Hook Creek joins Meadowmere with Meadowmere Park, a neighborhood in the village of Lawrence in Nassau County. Beginning in 2007, the city began installing a sanitary sewer system in Warnerville and neighboring Meadowmere because some septic tanks had flooded into Jamaica Bay.


Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Rosedale was 25,063, a decrease of 439 (1.7%) from the 25,502 counted in 2000. Covering an area of 1,354.44 acres (548.12 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 18.5 inhabitants per acre (11,800/sq mi; 4,600/km2).

The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 5.3% (1,334) White, 79.9% (20,033) African American, 0.3% (82) Native American, 2.2% (556) Asian, 1.0% (242) from other races, and 1.9% (474) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.3% (2,342) of the population.


Rosedale is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Branch, located at North Conduit Avenue and 243rd Street. Service is provided by both the Far Rockaway and Long Beach branches. Rosedale is also served by the Q5, Q85, Q111, Q113. The only express bus route is the X63, which operates during rush hours only.


Public schools

Rosedale's public schools are operated by the New York City Department of Education.

Public elementary and intermediate (Junior High) schools in Rosedale include:

Private schools

Private preschool, elementary and intermediate (Junior High) schools in Rosedale include:

  • Christ Lutheran, a Lutheran school for K–8th Grade

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Rosedale include:

  • Barbara Bach (born 1947), actress
  • Phil Carey (1925–2009), soap opera actor
  • Joe Davola, TV and film director and producer
  • John DeBella, Radio personality
  • Ken Eurell (born 1960), plays himself in the documentary The Seven Five
  • Charles Jenkins (born 1989), basketball player
  • Carole King (born 1942), singer, songwriter, and pianist
  • Dean Marlowe (born 1992), NFL Professional Athlete
  • Paul C. McKasty (1964–1989), engineer, mixer, and producer
  • Darren Robinson (1967–1995), rapper of The Fat Boys
  • Herb Score (1933–2008), baseball player/announcer, born in Rosedale
  • DJ Spinbad (1974-2020), DJ/Producer
  • Aida Turturro (born 1962), actress
  • John Turturro (born 1957), actor, director
  • Nicholas Turturro (born 1962), actor
  • Harvey Wang (born 1956), photographer
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