Jackson Heights

Queens

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"When Jackson Heights was being developed in 1914, urban planners from the U.S. and Europe marveled over this first-ever cooperative garden community. The gracious co-ops remain, with their high ceilings, French doors, fireplaces, sunrooms and huge, hidden gardens that are more like private parks. Solidly built, low-rise rental apartments were later added. Residents are proud that a good portion of Jackson Heights lies in a federal, state and city Historic District. On 37th Avenue, one of the main commercial arteries, the vibe is urban and vibrant. More young families have discovered the neighborhood. Gays, along with artists, have long been attracted—the Queens Gay Pride Parade in JH seems bigger every year. Although rents and real estate prices are rising, housing remains more affordable than in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Maybe it’s no surprise that the Guggenheim Museum chose JH for the Queens segment of its five-borough performance art project, “stillspotting nyc.” With five subway lines, you can be in Midtown in 12 minutes, no exaggeration. For foodies, there’s no reason to eat elsewhere. Within blocks are the famous South Asian restaurants, along with South American, Mexican and more recently, several Japanese. Visitors notice the profusion of markets selling fruits and vegetables, including the most exotic (durian, anyone?), at great prices. A boutique wine store offers tastings, and new arrivals include a large natural foods market, Bubble Tea shop and for working off those meals, a Blink gym. As one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the nation, Jackson Heights has a special spirit and thrives on people of different cultures, religions and economic means getting along. Parking is tight, and so it’s a place to share the sidewalks with neighbors (six out of ten speak another language). You’ll rub shoulders with Buddhist monks, nannies pushing strollers, seniors, Brooklyn transplants and immigrants from every nation in Jackson Heights, a rich and stimulating place to live." By: Maria Terrone
www.mariaterrone.com
(Maria Terrone, a lifelong resident of Jackson Heights, is a writer and poet.)

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

E
F
M
R
7

Buses:

Q32
Q33
Q47
Q49
Q53
Q66
QM3

Rental Prices:

$688 ― $1,491

Sales Prices:

$165,000 ― $358,000

Landmarks:

82nd Street Shopping District

School Districts:

30

Police Precincts:

115

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Reviews

  • niteberg
    January 28th 2015
    Sam’s Pizza – Who would imagine that one of the city’s best pizzerias would be located in one of the city’s biggest centers for South American cuisine? The pizzas are amazing, and the foot-long hero’s are even better. The father-and-son owners have been doing this for a long time, and you can taste why.
  • NRGrant
    January 15th 2015
    Pros: great area to check out authentic eats, and shop for sarees Bollywood style if you've the inclination. There are excellent eyebrow threading salons in the area for the ladies (and men!) who use that service. Affordable and authentic indian/bengali/ and South Asian restaurants just off the 7 train. (You can get amazing samosas and chutney from a bustling corner store) South of the 7 train station, there's also a well stocked Chinese Supermarket and authentic Korean/ Thai/ Vietnamese/Pan Asian restaurants that crop up for miles. Cons: the commercial area has the typical nyc grunge going on since there's so much car and pedestrian traffic.
  • MariaT
    December 7th 2014
    Since I wrote the above blog post on Jackson Heights, I've seen greater participation of young, politically aware families in the life of the community. 78th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue is a designated play street, always closed to traffic (that used to be just in the summer, but families lobbied successfully for permanent play street status). A newly constructed middle school, I.S. 297, opened in fall 2014. A Gap Outlet for adults and kids opened on 82nd Street, and it's very popular.

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