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Hollis, Queens

Neighborhoods of Queens
Intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Hollis Avenue
Intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Hollis Avenue
Country  United States
State  New York
City New York City
County/Borough Queens
Population (2010)
 • Total 20,269
 • Black 64.0%
 • Asian 10.7%
 • White 2.3%
 • Native American 0.6%
 • Hispanic 13.2%
ZIP codes 11412, 11423
Area code(s) 718/347/929, 917

Hollis is a middle-class neighborhood within the southeastern section of the New York City borough of Queens. A predominantly African-American community, the boundaries are considered to be the Atlantic Branch of the Long Island Rail Road to the west, Hillside Avenue to the north, Francis Lewis Boulevard to the east (although parts of Queens Village are addressed as Hollis on water bills), and Murdock Avenue to the south. Much of this area is considered to be within the St. Albans postal district. Hollis is close to Jamaica and Queens Village. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 12. Hollis is patrolled by the NYPD's 113th Precinct. Public schools in the area are operated by the New York City Department of Education.

The first European settlers were Dutch homesteaders in the 17th century. A century later, early in the American Revolutionary War, it was the site of part of the Battle of Long Island, a battle in which the rebel Brigadier General Nathaniel Woodhull was captured at a tavern on what is now Jamaica Avenue. Woodhull Avenue in Hollis is named after him. The area remained rural until 1885, when developers turned 136 acres (55 ha) into houses, and the area is still developed primarily with single-family houses. In 1898, it became a part of New York City with the rest of the borough of Queens.