The Queens Community Board 12 is a local government in the New York City borough of Queens, encompassing the neighborhoods of Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village, South Jamaica.[1] Community Board 12 is the second largest Community Board in Queens, covering the largest area of the borough. Comprising districts 28, 29 and part of 27, Community Board 12’s northern boundary is Hillside Avenue; eastern boundaries are Francis Lewis Blvd (between Hillside ave & Springfield Blvd.) and Springfield Blvd. (between Francis Lewis Blvd. and the Belt Parkway); southern boundary is the Belt Parkway and western boundary is the Van Wyck Expressway. Downtown Jamaica serves as one of New York City’s major regional retail, employment and transportation hubs; is home to educational, theatre/arts, governmental and civic facilities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Regional Laboratory, Social Security Administration offices, Queens Family, Civil, and Supreme Courts, York College-CUNY, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and The Jamaica Performing Arts Center.

Community Issues

CB12 has been working to address major flooding caused by the restoration of the Southeast Queens water table, previously suppressed by the pumping operations of the Greater Jamaica Water Company. With the closure of the water company, the raised water table has caused sewer infrastructure failures and basement flooding throughout the area.[2] CB12 is also on the front lines of the city's homeless crisis with a disproportionate number in the area. [3]


  1. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2017-03-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links

  • Profile of the Community Board