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New York City Neighborhoods
Cambria Heights

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Boundaries:

Located in southeastern Queens, Cambria Heights is known for its wide quiet streets of well-maintained and modest single-family houses.

The neighborhood is bordered by Springfield Boulevard and Francis Lewis Boulevard to the west, the Nassau County border on the east, Queens Village to the north and Montefiore Cemetery and Laurelton to the south. Cambria Heights is in Queens Community District 13.

History:

At the turn of the last century, truck farms in this part of Queens provided produce to Brooklyn and Manhattan. The area began developing in the late 1920s, as part of the suburban housing boom enabled by new highways such as the Cross Island and the expansion of LIRR services. Cambria Heights and adjacent Laurelton once were home to large Jewish, German, Irish and Italian communities.

Today:

Today, Cambria Heights residents are predominantly African-American and West Indian. The Cambria Heights Community Church has operated continuously in its building on 220th Street since 1928, and you can attend services at the local Sacred Heart Church in Creole and in English. A new public library is being built at the corner of Linden Boulevard and 119th Street. Also the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center is located 220-01 Linden Boulevard.

Transportation:
There is no direct subway service to eastern Queens, which contributes to the low density of the neighborhood. Commuters take express buses from Linden Boulevard and Cross Island Parkway, the Q84 to the E train, or the LIRR from St. Albans or Queens Village.
Schools:
P.S. 147 and P.S. 176 each offer kindergarten through 5th grade. There are also two local private elementary schools, Sacred Heart and the Cambria Center for the Gifted Child. There are four magnet high schools on the campus of the former Andrew Jackson High, which are dedicated to: arts and humanities; business computer applications; mathematics, science and technology; and law, government and community service.
Housing Stock:

Houses are generally Cape Cods, Colonials and attached or detached Tudors. The houses are typically made of brick, with three bedrooms, basements and one-car garages.

Where do I find my new home?

In addition to the real estate classifieds in the City's large-circulation newspapers, you can find Real Estate magazine and Better Homes magazine in banks and supermarkets. Make sure to check out the Times News Weekly and Queens Chronicle. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, Realtor.com or HomeStore.

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