Jamaica Estates is a gorgeous neighborhood in Queens. The single-family homes that comprise this neighborhood are large, historical, and well set back from the street. Front yards are generally very well maintained with grassy lawns and attractive shrubbery. Trees are very large and mature, and are frequently found both on the divider between sidewalk and road and in the lawns of the homes.
Some areas of this neighborhood are gentle slopes, making for homes that are raised up above the road. Wide neighborhood roads don't always have sidewalks but are generally not heavily trafficked. If you are skilled on your wheeled device and think you can handle the gently sloping roads while maintaining control of yourself and your dog, this can be a nice neighborhood to bike or skateboard through.
Jamaica Estates borders Cunningham Park and the surrounding forested area on one side, so if you want to get away from the neighborhood streets, you can explore this forested area.
Terrain in Jamaica Estates is largely flat but gently sloping in some areas. Where the terrain slopes, houses are built up off of the road and the streets are curved to account for the varying terrains. Other areas of Jamaica Estates are relatively flat with long straight roads between the blocks.
The sloping roads offer some of the most interesting architectural design in the houses, as well as a great opportunity for wheeled sports if you would like give those a try. Most areas of this neighborhood have tall mature trees closely spaced along the divider between sidewalk and street, so walking along the neighborhood streets can feel like being in a forest.
For a change in terrain from the city streets, you can cross the border of Jamaica Estates into Cunningham Park and the forest that surrounds it. This forest is thick and beautiful and can offer an exciting hike that will make you forget that you are in New York.
The abundance of trees along the neighborhood streets and large grassy lawns can make you feel like you are in a park while you are walking through this neighborhood. If you would like an actual park, you can cross the border of Jamaica Estates to enter Cunningham Park and the forested grounds that surround it.
This forest is thick and mature and has stood for a long time, so you can feel like you are walking through a timeless wilderness right in the middle of Queens. Your dog will love the opportunity to smell natural smells that she rarely gets a chance to enjoy in the well-manicured neighborhood of Jamaica Estates.
While most of the cleared area in this park is devoted to sports fields, there are some clearings in the midst of the forest where you can relax with your dog.