President of Zara Realty Holding Corporation, George Subraj and his leadership team combine their industry experience to serve residents throughout western Queens, New York. Currently residing in Jamaica, New York, George Subraj appreciates the value of assisting families in their search for homes in a rapidly expanding area with a remarkable history.

Historically, Queens and the Jamaica Avenue area was a Native American trading route. In the Revolutionary War, the colony of Jamaica had Minutemen fighting to thwart England’s attempt to control the entire New York region.

With the funding of a public school system in 1813, Long Island’s Jamaica Village established boundaries that included the present Van Wyck Expressway on the west and Farmers Boulevard on the east. Queens joined New York City in 1898, with Jamaica serving as the county seat.

Home to entrepreneurs who hail from around the world, the borough of Queens represents one of the country’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Over the past three decades, Queens has welcomed an annual average of 5,000 immigrants. Known for its tolerance of other cultures, Queens has boasted such famed and diverse contemporary residents as Donald Trump and 50 Cent.

 

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.

For New Yorkers seeking to find a place to raise their families, Queens offers excellent opportunities for first-time buyers. With the most green space of New York City’s five boroughs, Queens enjoys a reputation as a place of strong communities, safety, and a good real estate outlook.

Industry watchers expect Queens to experience a bit of an upturn in 2013, similar to what took place in Brooklyn five years ago. Strong areas include Astoria, Long Island City, Rego Park, and Forest Hills. Other up-and-coming locations include Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodside, and Glendale, where the cost of goods is significantly lower than in Manhattan.

Home prices appear to be trending down, which should enhance the borough’s popularity. The average cost of a home in Queens stands at just over $390,000.

About George Subraj: A native of Guyana, George Subraj has more than 30 years of experience as a real estate executive in New York City. He currently heads Zara Realty, which services Queens and Long Island.

The easternmost of the five boroughs of New York City, Queens sits on the western end of Long Island. First settled by the Dutch in 1635, and established as part of New York City in 1898, it’s connected to Manhattan by bridge, tunnel and subway. The borough has the distinction of being the most diverse county in the nation, with nearly half of its two million residents foreign-born. Covering 109 square miles, Queens has many residential communities, as well as industrial and commercial centers.

Among the most popular of the borough’s features is the beach area known as the Rockaways. New York City’s major airports—La Guardia and John F. Kennedy International—are both located in Queens. One of the best known annual sporting events, the U.S. Open Tennis tournament, takes place at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens.

George Subraj is the president of Zara Luxury Apartments and Homes, in Jamaica, Queens, New York.