Iconic Farmers

About the Neighborhood

Southeast Queens has a rich history of intellectual property spanning from jazz and hip-hop to fashion and entrepreneurship, all produced by people who called southeast Queens their home.  FBCDC is building upon this local history to restore Farmers Boulevard as a regional enclave for urban creativity, heritage, and all around quality living.

Some who are familiar with Farmers Boulevard may quickly think of LL Cool J and other hip-hop icons who emerged from the Hollis section of southeast Queens in the 1980s and 90s.

Others might recall the numerous jazz and soul music legends who lived near Farmers Boulevard in the Addisleigh Park enclave during the 1950s, 60s and 70s – legends like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Milt Hinton, Illinois Jacquet and James Brown.

Some might even know that Daymond John – the multi-millionaire “shark” currently featured on ABC’s The Shark Tank – got his start as a Farmers Boulevard native by locally selling home-sewn apparel on his way to a fortune through the F.U.B.U. brand.

Still others might simply associate Farmers Boulevard with farming, which makes sense since the street earned its name from the abundant farm lands that once characterized the area.

And for some, Farmers Boulevard is best recognized as exit 21B off the Belt Parkway headed into JFK International Airport – New York’s gateway to the world.

"We want families and business owners to recognize Farmers Boulevard as an excellent place to grow a business, to grow healthier, and to help your children grow to be successful,” explained Isa Abdur-Rahman, Esq., FBCDC’s Executive Director.

In addition to its history of music, entrepreneurship and fresh food, Farmers Boulevard has also become a vine for youth education centers, including preschools, public K-5 elementary schools, private after-school programs, and music & dance schools.

“The parents and grandparents who utilize these programs are believers in excellence, and that reflects the legacy of this community,” according to Abdur-Rahman.

With support form local residents, merchants, public and private sponsors, FBCDC will continue to advance Farmers Boulevard as an address for progress.  Grow with us.

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