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Shopping on Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica Center, the downtown section of Jamaica, Queens, is one of the most varied areas in the borough, and it's one at a crossroads. A clothing store mecca, retail space along Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 165th Street is thriving. Art deco buildings and a colonial-era church once abandoned are getting renovated. At the same time, the area hurts for decent restaurants and a respite from choking traffic and a lack of parking. The city plan to rezone large areas of the downtown for higher residential density living remains controversial.
Jamaica Avenue in the downtown is a mecca for clothing shoppers. Bargain stores, hip-hop specialty stores, and retailers like Old Navy, Strawberry, and Children's Place compete for attention.Continue to 2 of 17 below.
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Gertz Mall on Jamaica AvenueContinue to 3 of 17 below.
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Jamaica Movie Theater
National Amusements Jamaica Mutiplex is part of One Jamaica Center, also home to Old Navy and the Gap, on Jamaica Avenue at the intersection with Parsons Boulevard (more movie theaters in Queens).Continue to 4 of 17 below.
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Colosseum Mall in Jamaica, Queens
The Colosseum Mall is at 165th Street, a block north of Jamaica Avenue, in the 165th Street pedestrian mall.
The mall is home to dozens of small and medium-sized stalls with business ranging from custom hip-hop T-shirt shops to West African tailors and Hispanic first communion dress shops. The downstairs is full of discount jewelry stands selling over-the-top bling, sneaker shops with excellent selections of unusual styles, and photo shops for quick teenager snaps.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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165th Street Pedestrian Mall in Jamaica, Queens
The 165th Street Pedestrian Mall, just north of Jamaica Avenue, is focused on teenagers with lots of small and medium-sized clothing shops, including Jimmy Jazz. The Colosseum Mall is at the end of the block.Continue to 6 of 17 below.
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The 165th Street Pedestrian Mall is a big draw for teenagers, and that gives Jamaica Hatland a chance to shine with a selection devoted to baseball-style hats in every imaginable emblem, logo, and color.Continue to 7 of 17 below.
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Past and Present on Jamaica Avenue
The historic Dutch Reform Church in the foreground is undergoing renovation, and should open up as a performing arts space in 2008. Looming above is the massive Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, home to Social Security Offices (155-10 Jamaica Ave) and other federal agencies.Continue to 8 of 17 below.
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Grace Church Cemetery
The cemetery of Grace Church abuts Jamaica Avenue. Step into the cemetery and see its colonial-era gravestones. It's an incongruous step back in time from the bustling shopping district.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica
First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica is one of the oldest congregations in New York City, founded in 1662.Continue to 10 of 17 below.
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Jamaica Center for Arts and LearningContinue to 11 of 17 below.
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Intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard
The North Fork Bank is home to a WPA-era mural depicting colonial Jamaica.Continue to 12 of 17 below.
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Sybil's Bakery and Restaurant in Jamaica, Queens
Sybil's is an institution in its three branches in Queens and Brooklyn, serving up hearty, home-style Guyanese food from a steamtable. Never tried Guyanese? Think Indian flavors with Caribbean foodstuffs. The pumpkin curry is a best bet.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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LIRR Building in Jamaica, Queens
The LIRR building at the Jamaica, Queens, train hub connects with the Air Train. The juxtaposition of attached buildings from different eras is startling.Continue to 14 of 17 below.
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Club Kalua in Jamaica, Queens
Just outside strip-club Club Kalua, Sean Bell was shot and killed on November 25, 2006, by plain-clothes NYPD detectives. The controversial killing drew large protests. It's led to grand jury indictments of three of the five officers involved in the shooting.Continue to 16 of 17 below.
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Street Scene in Jamaica CenterContinue to 17 of 17 below.
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Performing Arts Center at York College