Queens Black Catholics to Neighbors: We See the Hunger for God’s Word

November 21, 2023 | The Tablet

SOUTH JAMAICA — This neighborhood, nicknamed “Southside” for its location south of downtown Jamaica, was a hotbed of murderous drug activity in the 1970s and 1980s. 

To be sure, drug trafficking and violence still exist in South Jamaica, a neighborhood with a predominantly black population. But according to NYPD data, major crime there is down 85% from the crack epidemic’s peak in 1990. 

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