Community of East Elmhurst


In 2010, the population was 23,150; the White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian demographics were 18.0%, 42.0%, 30.0%, and 10.0%, respectively; and the median income was $32,182. In recent years, the population has become increasingly Latino, with growing Dominican and Mexican populations. Although this area still has a sizable African-American and Caribbean-American population, many of the former members of the Black community have died, retired or relocated. In the East Elmhurst 11369 and 11370 ZIP codes, almost 30 percent of the 36,000 residents were born abroad.

In 2014 East Elmhurst (ZIP 11369), New York, population is 40,160. There are 37,603 people per square mile (population density).

The median age is 33.6. The US median is 37.2. 44.19% of people in East Elmhurst (zip 11369), New York, are married. 7.95% are divorced.

The average household size is 3.51 people. 31.81% of people are married, with children. 25.57% have children, but are single.

Race in East Elmhurst (ZIP 11369), New York 26.23% of people are White, 17.53% are Black, 11.64% are Asian, 0.29% are Native American, and 40.32% claim ‘Other’.

64.40% of the people in East Elmhurst (zip 11369), New York, claim Hispanic ethnicity (meaning 35.60% are non-Hispanic).

Notable residents

During the 1950s and 1960s the area was home to legendary African American musicians, civil rights leaders, professionals, and athletes including Malcolm X, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Heath, Frankie Lymon, Charlie Shavers, Ella Fitzgerald, and Willie Mays. During the late 1960s and early 1970s. numerous New York Mets such as Ed Charles and Tommie Agee called East Elmhurst home. East Elmhurst is the childhood home of former US Attorney General Eric Holder and is home to former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Jazz vocalist Norman Mapp also made East Elmhurst his home.



East Elmhurst is a culturally diverse area in the northwest section of the New York City borough of Queens. It is located northeast of Jackson Heights and north of Corona. The area includes La Guardia Airport and is bounded on the east and north by Flushing Bay. Residents are mostly moderate-income families. East Elmhurst is a young working Middle Class Community. The proximity to the City has made this a great location to live. The neighborhood is patrolled by the New York City Police Department‘s 115th Precinct;[1] the airport is patrolled by the Port Authority Police Department. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 3.The ZIP codes of East Elmhurst are 11369 and 11370. East Elmhurst and its southern neighbor Corona are often referred to jointly as “Corona/East Elmhurst”.

New York City Department of Education operates District 30 public schools in the area. P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School, an elementary school for grades PK-8. East Elmhurst Community School serves students PK-3. Also in East Elmhurst is the application school: I.S. 227 Louis Armstrong Middle School (grades 5-8), for Queens residents. A small section of the neighborhood is zoned for separate district in Whitestone, Queens causing some children to attend P.S. 21 for elementary and J.H.S 185 for middle school.

The Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center “conceived and designed by the residents of the Corona-East Elmhurst community” houses one of the most extensive collections of African American art and literature. A component of the Queens Library system, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center is located in Corona on Northern Boulevard.

The Black Heritage Reference Center, a part of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, serves Queens with a comprehensive reference and circulating collection, totaling approximately 30,000 volumes of materials written about and related to Black culture. Emphasis is given to those geographic areas where African-Americans have lived in significant numbers, including West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States. The Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County includes books, periodicals, theses and dissertations, VHS videos, cassettes and CDS, photographs, posters, prints, paintings, and sculpture. The curator is responsible for the coordination, supervision, and care of the special collection for its continued development and ongoing maintenance. Cultural arts programs are scheduled through the Black Heritage Reference Center. Meeting space is available to community organizations by application. Special features of the Black Heritage Center include: