Jamaica/Hillcrest Timeline

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English Settlement in Jamaica under Dutch Rule

1656

English established settlements in Jamaica under the Dutch Rule.

Jamaica became the county seat among the five towns of Queens

1683

Establishment of Railroad connecting Jamaica and Brooklyn

1832 - 1834

Railroad connecting Brooklyn and Jamaica was established and later leased by Long Island Rail Road

Establishment of Jamaica Hospital on Jamaica/Richmondhill border

1891

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center was founded on the Jamaica-Richmondhill border

Development of Jamaica High School

1896

First Jamaica high School was developed at 163rd street and Hillside avenue

Establishment of Hillcrest High School

1897

Jamaica State Normal and Training school was established at what is now Parsons boulevard and highland avenue. It later became Jamaica vocational high school for girls and then Hillcrest High School7

Jamaica, the county seat of the Queens county, became a part of New York City

1898

Jamaica Estates was built.

1908

Jamaica Estates, which later became a residential area for white collar professionals of diverse background, was built

Elevation of Jamaica Avenue & establishment of LIRR Station on Sutphin Boulevard

1913 - 1918

Opening of Grand Central Parkway

1933

The Grand Central Parkway opened connecting Jamaica via Kew Gardens to the Nassau Line