Around the Hillcrest Community
Although we have members from all over the Borough of Queens, most of the congregation comes from Jamaica Estates, Fresh Meadows and Greater Hillcrest. This is an area that runs from the Long Island Expressway on the north to Hillside Avenue on the south and from 164th Street on the west to Francis Lewis Boulevard on the east.
We have an extraordinarily broad range of amenities that facilitate religious observance, including an eruv and many kosher butchers, bakeries and restaurants.
Queens also has a broad range of restaurants with cuisines from all over the world, many of which offer interesting fish and vegetarian dishes.
Transportation Around The City
Express bus service runs regularly into Manhattan. The F Train of the Independent Line has its last stop at 179th Street and Hillside Avenue; you can get a seat and ride quickly into Manhattan. The ride is often only about half an hour to Lexington Avenue.
We enjoy a choice of excellent schools.
The Solomon Schechter School of Queens continues to have an excellent reputation for kindergarten through eighth grade. Many of their graduates go to the Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island or to New York's specialized high schools--Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science and Townsend Harris High School on the Queens College Campus.
Most of the neighborhood is in School District 26, famous for its outstanding elementary and junior high schools. In fact, four of the local middle schools and a junior high school ( Louis Pasteur, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Marie Curie, Irwin Altman and Ryan Junior High School) have special magnet programs.
Parks and Recreation within Our Community
Cunningham Park lies within our borders and Alley Pond and Flushing Meadow Parks are not far away. It provides many tennis courts (with instruction facilities) basketball courts and several playgrounds. It also has walking and jogging paths, as well as several baseball, football and soccer fields and is used by the local Little Leagues and other local organizations. The Park is also the site for frequent concerts and fireworks in the summer.
Union Turnpike provides stores of all kinds.