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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

New York City Neighborhoods
Ozone Park

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Ozone Park is a working-class neighborhood that throughout its existence has provided young immigrant families with the opportunity to own their own homes.

Bordered by Atlantic Avenue, 108th Street, North Conduit Avenue, and Saophire Street, Ozone Park is located in Queens Community Districts 9 and 10.


In anticipation of the extension of the New York Railroad into southern Queens, music publisher Benjamin Hitchcock and real estate developer Charles Denton bought a large section of land in South Woodhaven in 1880. They called the region Ozone Park, hoping that a neighborhood named after the breezes from Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean would be appealing to city residents hoping to escape overcrowded living conditions.

Soon after the Ozone Park railroad station opened in 1882, young families began to arrive-first Irish and then Italian. The demand for homes exceeded the supply, and the developers quickly constructed more. Two other events resulted in neighborhood growth in the early 20th century: in 1910, the Lalance and Grosjean tinware company commissioned a housing development for its employees; in 1915, Brooklyn Rapid Transit extended its Fulton Street elevated line to Lefferts Boulevard, and the possibility of a five-cent commute to Manhattan lured more residents.


The Italian and Irish communities have been joined by Latino and Indian populations. But the character of the neighborhood remains the same: it is a working- to middle-class neighborhood proud of its identity as a place where new immigrants are able to achieve the dream of homeownership.

Ozone Park is served by the A subway line and the Q7, Q8, Q11, Q21, Q24, Q41, Q53, Q112, and B15 buses.
Housing Stock:

Most homes are 1- and 2-family houses.

Where do I find my new home?

In addition to the real estate classifieds in the City's large-circulation newspapers, you can find Real Estate magazine and Better Homes magazine in local banks and supermarkets. Make sure to check out the Times News Weekly and Queens Chronicle. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, or HomeStore.

Special Note:
The neighborhood's biggest attraction is the Aqueduct Racetrack, a racetrack that holds up to 40,000 spectators.

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