Jamaica, NYC 
A vibrant community and hub of culture, transportation, innovation & families.

AirTrain Jazz Thursdays

Welcoming passengers at the Jamaica AirTrain Station Thursdays Only.
October 3, through May 28, 2020 from 5 – 7 p.m. each week.

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) School of the Arts Fall Semester 2019

Saturdays at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) are days for exploring one’s creative side. JCAL’s School of the Arts offers weekly hour-long classes on everything from ceramics to Hip Hop dance to comic book creation to acting, singing, and so much more. Kids, teens, adults, and seniors all have options to hone their skills and have fun with dance, music, theater, digital arts, and visual arts.

The fall semester will run from Sept 14 through December 7th
Registration and fee schedule are available at www.jcal.com.

Thursday night jazz

Thursday Night Jazz

Come see multiple award winning acts perform at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. 

*More info at www.jcal.org. Photograph from www.jcal.org.

Saturday Family Matinees

The Saturday Family Matinee Series provides the family with quality theatrical and musical experiences. The series aim to introduce young kids to the magic of live performance with shows suitable for the whole family. All performances take place at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY. Curtain rises at 2:00 PM.

Admission: $5 for All. To reserve your tickets, please visit www.jcal.org. Photograph from www.jcal.org.


Saturday family matinees

The Annual Harvest Festival

Hosted by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the festival will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11am to 4pm at 90-40 160th Street between Jamaica and 90th Avenues.
For more information, visit www.gjdc.org.

King Manor Museum

Also known as the Rufus King House, the Jamaica home belonged to Rufus King, a signer of the United States Constitution, United States Senator from New York and the Ambassador to Great Britain immediately after the American Revolution. Families are welcome to enjoy various activities and workshops, such as Constitution and Cocktails, Making History: Coloring the 1800s (ages 9-13) and Making History: Cheese Making (ages 9-13). The Rufus King Museum is located at 150-03 Jamaica Avenue.
For more information and workshop and museum hours see www.kingmanor.org or call 718-205-0545.
King Manor Museum
Image courtesy of nyc.gov

Holy History

Jamaica is home to several historic churches. While in Jamaica feel free to visit:

• Grace Episcopal Church & Cemetery, 155-03 Jamaica Avenue. Founded in 1702

• First Presbyterian Church, 89-60 164 Street. Organized in 1662.

• First Reformed Dutch Church was established in 1702. The building was recently renovated and is now the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. The First Reformed Dutch Church congregation is now located in its home at 159-29 90th Avenue, Jamaica, NY

• Prospect Cemetery was established in 1668 and is located at 159 Street and Liberty Avenue, Jamaica.

Shop and Eat Local

Walk along Jamaica Avenue and shop at any number of stores in our retail corridor, from Old Navy, VP Records, The Gap Factory Store, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, and get any number of urban fashion items and more. Various fast casual dining options exist in Jamaica which includes Bar-B-Q, Pizza, Caribbean, Guatemalan, Mexican foods and more. Check out ongoing exhibits of Emmet Wigglesworth and Memory at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning as well, located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue.
For more information & gallery hours visit www.jcal.org.


Once a membership based program, JCAL’s Artist Co-Op has been reborn as the center’s once-a-year exhibition featuring newly appearing and mid-career artists from around the borough of Queens and NYC. The goal of the exhibition tries to reflect the many different cultures, talent, and quality of work in the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL). More info at www.jcal.org. Photograph from www.jcal.org.

Getting To and From Jamaica

Transportation to Jamaica is easy, connect with us via the Airtrain, the LIRR or the E, F, J and Z lines of the New York City subway system.

Transit connections

• NYCT BusQ4Q5Q20AQ20BQ24Q30Q31Q42Q44 SBSQ54Q83Q84Q85
• MTA BusQ6Q8Q9Q25Q34Q41Q65Q110Q111Q112Q113Q114
(all at Jamaica Center Bus Terminal)