Laurelton, Long Island
Laurelton is a neighborhood located in the borough of Queens, Long Island, New York. It is part of Queens Community Board 13. The neighborhood is surrounded by Francis Lewis Boulevard, Laurelton Parkway, 147th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard.
As of the 2005 census, Laurelton is among of the few neighborhoods in Queens where the median income among black households, nearing $52,000 a year, has excelled that of whites. With no other county in the country with a population over 65,000 can make that claim. It is a middle-class neighborhood in which the Tudor style of architecture for individual homes is most common. The latitude of Laurelton is 40.667N. The longitude is -73.752W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 16 feet.
The neighborhood derives its name from the Laurelton Station on the Long Island Rail Road, which was named for the laurels that grew there in the early 19th century. Laurelton then followed its peers of Queens to shift from farming to residence for immigrant families, even though in less dramatic and well-known manner in the 1920s and 1930s. It has a tradition of welcoming immigrants trying to find their US feet when the neighborhood began to take shape as a place for large numbers of families to live. Laurelton is a close proximity to Manhattan, for Penn Station is less than an hour away. However there is little to commend the neighborhood in terms of quality of life and opportunities for individual advancement.
The residents have always been active and well organized to influence matters of local policy. They have own local authorities on their toes and play a vital role in raising democratic awareness amongst its members. The Queens Borough Public Library has also a branch in Laurelton. The local library gives wholehearted support to the musical leanings of Laurelton. Concerts of Jazz and other popular and classical forms of music are arranged regularly which gives much pleasure to the residents. The shows have made a name for themselves and many performances draw people from other parts of Queens as well. Although, many residents has a memory of loss of the beautiful flowers that surrounds the area; Laurelton was still developed into a suburban neighborhood which now counts on its neighbors for shopping, dining, sports and education, at least of high standard and memorable value. It is yet to control its location for economic opulence and to build institutions of international standard. House prices are very affordable that gives each New Yorker a chance to live and stay in Laurelton. The Edge School of the Arts is a significant landmark institution in the area. The school has a total of 300 students which they received professional training in ballet and modern dance forms. It is privately owned and managed by a family of professional artists. Active social work and public liaison accompany the teaching activity.