The typical asking rate per listing is in the $40's per square foot per year. The Jamaica submarket is seeing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $42 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the New York City market, the Jamaica region has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted region.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been posted online, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 31% of the available leases in the Jamaica are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 30,000 sqft, there are still 0 leases below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are approximately 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1936 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Professional services is the dominant industry in this area. Most of the occupants of Jamaica work from home. Commuting close to 30 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.