East Elmhurst, Queens (History)

(Neighborhoods In Queens)

neighborhoods_queens_east_elmhurst_300x300East Elmhurst is a culturally diverse lower middle class area in the northwest section of the New York City borough of Queens. It is located north of Jackson Heights and Corona. The area includes La Guardia Airport and is bounded on the east and north by Flushing Bay. Residents are mostly moderate-income families, but there are also low-income areas. It includes Trainsmeadow, which is its western section. The neighborhood is patrolled by the New York City Police Department’s 115th Precinct;the airport is patrolled by the Port Authority Police Department. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 3.The zip codes of East Elmhurst are 11369 and 11370. East Elmhurst and its southern neighbor Corona are often referred to jointly as “Corona/East Elmhurst”.

The Corona East Elmhurst News, first published in 1959 by Kenneth and Corien Drew, was located on Astoria Boulevard. It ultimately became the Queens Voice and was published for 1959-2002. The tabloid style newspaper was a weekly publication which included many notable columnists that highlighted the social and political activities of the African American communities of Corona and East Elmhurst and the Borough of Queens.

The Q19, Q23, Q33, Q47, Q48, Q49, Q66 and Q72 buses serve East Elmhurst.

In 2010, the population was 23,150; the White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian demographics were 18.0%, 42.0%, 30.0%, and 10.0%, respectively; and the median income was $32,182. In recent years, the population has become increasingly Latino, with growing Dominican and Mexican populations. Although this area still has a sizable African-American and Caribbean-American population, many of the former members of the Black community have died, retired or relocated. In the East Elmhurst 11369 and 11370 ZIP code, almost 30 percent of the 36,000 residents were born abroad.