Jackson Heights is the nation’s first garden city community and bears an architectural resemblance to Charlottenburg, Berlin, with blocks of multi-family buildings surrounding private courtyards and gardens. Its convenient access to Manhattan and ethnic diversity add to its rich cultural vibe.
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Key Features of the Area
Jackson Heights began as a planned community of cooperative apartment buildings in the 1910s and 1920s with the novel concept of the buildings surrounding private gardens to allow for plenty of natural light. More than 200 of these buildings, modeled after the community of Charlottenburg, Berlin, are part of the Jackson Heights Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district ranges from about 93rd Street through 69th Street between Northern Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue.
Jackson Heights is a 30-minute subway ride from Grand Central Terminal in Midtown, adding to its appeal. So does its cuisine, including Peruvian, Korean, Indian and South Asian foods such as Himalayan delicacies.
Jackson Heights today is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City, as well as the country. More than 60 percent of the population here was foreign-born as of the 2010 Census, with large numbers of people from South America, Nepal, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Jackson Heights has a Little India on 74th Street, as well as a nearby Little Bangladesh and Little Pakistan.
Travers Park, on 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th streets, hosts sporting events, a farmers market and a summer Sunday concert series. Jackson Heights also is the starting point of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee’s Pride parade.
Brief History of Jackson Heights
1916: The Queensboro Corporation plans the development of Jackson Heights, a community of garden apartments — buildings built around private parks — and geared toward middle- and upper-middle-income residents.
1930s: The Queensboro Corporation builds more traditional and affordable apartment complexes.
1940s to 1960s: Jackson Heights continues to grow, thanks to changes in housing and immigration restrictions based on race and religion and legislation such as the 1965 Immigration Reform Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
1970s: South American organized crime groups in Jackson Heights bring the neighborhood to national attention through a New York magazine story stating 27 people being slain over a three-year period.
1990: Julio Rivera, a 29-year-old gay bartender, is fatally stabbed in a Jackson Heights schoolyard on his way home from a friend’s house, giving way to the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.
2010s: The crime in Jackson Heights declines more than 74 percent over the last 21 years while the population becomes one of the most diverse in the nation. About 108,000 people live here, according to the 2010 Census.
Jackson Heights abuts Elmhurst, North Corona and Woodside. It reaches south from the Grand Central Parkway to Roosevelt Avenue, roughly between the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Junction Boulevard.
Interesting Facts About Jackson Heights
- Alfred Butts, an architect and Jackson Heights resident, invented the board game Scrabble, originally called Lexiko (from the Greek word lexicos, meaning “words”), then Criss-Cross Words. A street sign at 35th Avenue and 81st Street marks this contribution to gaming with subscripts of Scrabble tile letter values assigned to the street letters.
- The 2015 documentary In Jackson Heights explores the history and evolution of this dynamic neighborhood.
- Jackson Heights also appears in fictional works. Parts of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film The Wrong Man take place here. Singer Randy Watson (comedian Eddie Murphy channeling real-life singer Rick James) is hailed as “Jackson Heights’s own” in the 1988 romantic comedy Coming to America. Detective Mary Beth Lacey (Tyne Daly) of the 1980s TV show Cagney & Lacey lives in Jackson Heights with her family, as does the protagonist of the 2000s TV show Ugly Betty.
- Well-known Jackson Heights residents include actor and comedian John Leguizamo, actress Lucy Liu, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, comedian Don Rickles and radio show host Howard Stern.
Directions to Belluck & Fox from Jackson Heights
Belluck & Fox’s Manhattan office is located in Midtown at 546 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor, New York NY 10036. From Jackson Heights, take I-278 / Brooklyn-Queens Expressway west and then merge with I-495 West.Cross into Manhattan by way of the Queens Midtown Tunnel, and exit to your right to go uptown. From Tunnel Exit Street, take a left onto East 41st St, and then a quick right onto Third Avenue. Drive north for a few blocks, then left onto East 47th Street, then left again onto Fifth Avenue. You will find our office at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 45th Street.
Our office also is accessible by taking the 7 subway train from the 82nd Street station to Fifth Avenue/Bryant Park.