Farmers Famous

Southeast Queens has a rich history of business and culture, 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 creativity, heritage, and economic progress.

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.

Many know Daymond John – the multi-millionaire “shark” currently featured on ABC’s The Shark Tank. He got his start as a Farmers Boulevard native 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. 

For many NYR residents Farmers Boulevard is best recognized as exit 21B off the Belt Parkway headed into JFK International Airport – New York’s gateway to the world.

No matter the connection you make to Farmers Boulevard, the future of Farmers is growing. Grow with us.