Nearly 400 businesses line “the Ave” stretching from Sutphin Boulevard to the west to 169th Street to the east.
Here you’ll find corporate heavy hitters: Burlington, H&M, Old Navy, Foot Locker, Snipes, Marshalls, Raymour & Flanigan and NY & Co. but also a growing presence of indie shops, restaurants, and services, including Make Me Over Beauty Bar, Original Herbal Remedies and Lulu’s Holistics.
Foodies will enjoy pupusas aplenty at the rising cluster of Salvadorian restaurants along the western portion of the Avenue, pizza served piping hot from the charmingly vintage Jamaica treasure known as Margherita Pizza, and the indelible carrot cake sold by Henry’s Carrot Cakes, one of the many vendors located within the vibrant Jamaica Market, an all-season indoor cluster of homegrown microentrepreneurs.
Jamaica Avenue is also home to two outdoor farmers markets (Parsons Public Space on Fridays & 160th Street off of Jamaica Avenue on Saturdays).
Our businesses offer an array of promotions to help you enjoy all that downtown Jamaica has to offer. To take advantage of the benefits, simply visit the participating business and present your Downtown Deals card. Remember to check back frequently for new participating businesses and offers. Merchants are free to include merchandise restrictions, so be sure to confirm before purchasing.
Jamaica has nurtured a wellspring of artists over the years—from jazz luminaries and hip-hop talent like A Tribe Called Quest, to renowned author Paul Bowles. We embrace that heritage by celebrating the next generation of local talent, whether through contemporary art exhibits (like Chashama and Reconstruct Art), cutting-edge fashion shows, or concerts at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. We are one of the few commercial corridors in the city to boast a cluster of established arts & cultural organizations, all within a 10-minute walk of one another.