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Old 03-15-2007, 11:04 PM
 
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I'm new to the area. I've heard that the Jamaica LIRR area was dangerous. Is it? I just recently moved to Little Neck and I'm wondering if I could take the Q30 bus to Jamaica LIRR station.

I'd like to know your thoughts. Thanks everyone!
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Old 03-16-2007, 12:02 AM
 
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Dude, I don´t think so! I go there a lot to catch the AirTrain to JFK Airport and have never had any problems, whether late at night or early in the morning or whenever. It is a very busy commuter station for train, subway, bus and airtrain and it usually has security people. The opening of the new building -sleek and modern- should be further motive to make it all look good and safe.

Now, the area around the station is indeed gritty and seedy. Right across the LIRR is the Kalua Cabaret where Sean Bell was shot and killed by the police. You can see it from the AirTrain going to JFK.

You´re fine.
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Old 03-16-2007, 01:50 AM
 
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Gotcha. So I take it the transfer from the bus to the subway should be safe? It's weird, a lot of people that I speak to that are from Long Island always tell me "watch out, it's a rough area" when it comes to Jamaica.
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Boston
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The area is ugly looking but the station is safe.
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Old 03-16-2007, 07:17 AM
 
Location: The Bronx
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The station, itself, is safe. I think the platforms are under pretty close video surveillance.

However, I would keep a sharp eye out after dark on Sutphin Blvd and environs. It's more than a little sleazy.
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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The station itself is not dangerous, neither are the immediate areas surrounding it. There are a lot of cops, and LIRR employees around. I wouldn't venture around in Jamaica too far. Not the greatest neighborhood, but Jamaica Ave is okay and safe for the most part.
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:42 PM
 
Location: New York
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I have tremendous experience around Suftin Blvd and Archer. The police lock down the LIRR station but the area around there is a known prostitution/drug spot. Lots of crime around there and the buses bring in known herbs. You should be OK during normal business hours, but if you are a female/timid/teenager you might get robbed.

Frankly I don't know where you are going at what time but If you are going to the City during the normal commute times you may have your commute all wrong trying to go to Jamaica to Little Neck. The port wash branch of the LIRR runs right through Little Neck. You can take the Q79 on Little Neck Pkwy right to the Little Neck LIRR station. The Q30 from Little Neck to Jamaica takes about an hour, I have done that dozens of times only because I had to get to JFK. If I was going to the city I would get my butt on the Port Wash branch of the LIRR.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:19 AM
 
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Thanks for the info, everyone!

samyn... I'd like to take the LIRR, but I have to ride it daily. Costs 100+ monthly just for the LIRR, not counting my metro card unlimited. I figure I need a metro card for the subway anywhoot, and I can use the same one for the bus.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: East Side
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The station is fine but S.J. isn't the best place to be especially at night just use your street smarts and you'll be fine
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:01 AM
 
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The station is safe and the area around during the day time is okay. But at night I think one should just stick to the station itself.
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