A graduate of Hofstra University, George Subraj serves as president of New York City’s Zara Realty Holding Group, Inc. As president of Zara Realty, George Subraj owns and manages a variety of comfortable and affordable residential properties in the Queens borough of New York City.

Jamaica, Queens is named after the Jameco, or “beaver,” tribe of Indians who lived in the area near Nassau Lake prior to European settlement. One of the United States’ first established towns, Jamaica was initially settled by the Dutch. Though it was not incorporated until 1814, Jamaica was the colonial capital of Queens County and was home to the country’s first Presbyterian church.

Transportation has played an important role in the history and development of Jamaica, due to its unique location. Roads and railroads were constructed throughout the area, connecting Queens to Manhattan and the other boroughs. Jamaica Bay was an important source of boat traffic and commerce. These developments contributed to Jamaica’s identity as a center for government, entertainment, and business. Today, 13 bus lines, 4 major subway lines, and 5 highways converge in Jamaica.

Queens is among the most ethnically diverse areas in the United States, and the Jamaica neighborhood is a testament to this fact. Once predominantly an African American neighborhood, Jamaica is now home to people of all ethnic backgrounds, including many immigrants.

 

George Subraj is president of Zara Luxury Apartments & Homes,
which owns and provides property management for numerous rental units in
Jamaica, New York

First settled under Dutch rule in 1656,
Jamaica, New York, derives its name from the language of the Lenape
Indians, who populated the area. The word Yameco in Lenape means beaver,
of which a large population lived in the aptly named Beaver Pond, now
called Baisley Pond. Because beaver pelts were a primary form of
currency at the time, a village quickly grew around the pond, located
less than a mile north of what is today John F. Kennedy International
Airport.

As time went on, the area became extremely attractive
to settlers and merchants because of Jamaica Bay. A shallow tidal
estuary that today cannot support the large modern vessels that dock in
New York Harbor, nevertheless accommodated the shipping of the time.

Today, Jamaica is a thriving community in the heart of the New York City
borough Queens. Coincidentally, it is home to many thousands of
immigrants from the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica, although there
is no relation between the two names. The community today is home to a
truly international mix of ethnicities, including immigrants from the
West Indies, India, the Middle East, the Dominican Republic, Russia, and
the Philippines. In addition, there are sizeable African-American and
Puerto Rican enclaves in Jamaica.