Jamaica and Jamaica Hills Professional Review and Guide
"George Washington slept here. Really. “A pretty good and decent house,” Washington wrote in his diary about the Jamaica lodgings on his post-Revolution salutatory tour of Long Island in April 1790. The inn where he stayed stood at Jamaica Ave. and Parsons Blvd. until 1906. Though it’s gone, the number of surviving historic structures is impressive, especially considering all the people, construction, and transportation—from horse-drawn carts to the JFK AirTrain—that have come through Jamaica since it was chartered in the 1650s. Incorporated as a village in 1814 and served by the Long Island Rail Road since 1834, Jamaica was selected as county seat of Queens because it was located approximately halfway between the East River (that is, Manhattan) and the Suffolk County line (the eastern boundary of Queens before it was incorporated into NYC in 1898). The large neighborhood extends in all directions beyond the bounds of this walk, which focuses on downtown Jamaica, a bustling district where everyone from a Founding Father of our country to a founding father of hip-hop has left a mark."