Jackson Heights flourished in the 1920s with unique garden co-ops that attracted middle-class professionals escaping overcrowded and overpriced Manhattan. Today, for similar reasons, Jackson Heights has again become a hot neighborhood and real estate market.
Jackson Heights Boundaries and Main Streets:
Jackson Heights Transportation:
Buses 19, 19B, 33, 47, and 66 serve Jackson Heights.
In theory, Jackson Heights is easy to reach from the BQE, but in reality, exiting onto Roosevelt is a nightmare. Parking and congestion seem worse every year.
LaGuardia Airport is close via the Grand Central.
Jackson Heights Real Estate and Apartments:
- June 2005
- Apartments: 1-bedroom, $900-1300; 2-bedroom, $1100-$2000; 3-bedroom, $1500+
- Co-ops, $150k - $700k
- Condos (rare), $200k+
- 2-Family Houses, $600k+
- 1-Family Houses, $400k+
Jackson Heights Restaurants:
Arunee Thai (37-68 79th St) hits the jackpot with spicy/sweet Thai.
Pio Pio's (84-13 Northern Blvd) Peruvian-style roasted chicken is delicious, and the big, colorful restaurant is total scene of families and friends.
The cheapest delights are from street vendors on Roosevelt Avenue. On a Friday night sample tacos, arepas, fresh fruit slices, and roasted corn.
Jackson Heights History:
Jackson Heights Historic District:
For a great local history, read Jackson Heights, A Garden in the City by Daniel Karatzas. Or attend the JHBG tours of the district.
Green Spaces and Annual Events:
Many of the prewar co-ops boast shared, private gardens, each about a city-block in length. The gardens are open to the public once a year for an event run by the JHBG.
Local children and politicians march in the annual Halloween Parade. The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee's Pride parade starts in the neighborhood.
Crime and Safety in Jackson Heights:
The 115th Precinct (including north Corona and East Elmhurst) reported the following crimes for the year-to-date (6/5/05): 2 murders (1 in 2004), 23 rapes (23 in 2004), 158 robberies (148 in 2004), 97 felonious assaults (91 in 2004), and 216 burglaries (206 in 2004).
- See Jackson Heights For Yourself:
- Jackson Heights Problems: Traffic plagues Roosevelt Avenue. Parking is a headache everywhere.
- Famous Residents: Actress Lucy Liu, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, and musicians Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Woody Herman called Jackson Heights home.
- Gay Bars and Clubs: Jackson Heights is the center of the gay Latinos in Queens.
- Most Famous Street Sign: The 35th Avenue sign has Scrabble scoring in honor of Alfred Butts, who invented the game in Jackson Heights.
- Shopping: Walk east on Roosevelt for leather cowboy boots, Mexican music stores, and botanicas. Little India sparkles with 22k gold jewelry, not to mention Bollywood DVDs.
- Best Old-School Super Club: Cavalier Restaurant, 85-19 37th Ave
- Library: Jackson Heights Branch, 35-51 81st Street, 718-899-2500
- Parking: Take the subway and be happier. Or try 35th Avenue. North of Northern, parking is a little easier.
- Post Office: 33-23 Junction Blvd, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
- Hospital: Elmhurst Hospital Center, 79-01 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373
- Movies: Catch Bollywood flicks at the Eagle Theater (73-7 37th Road) or mainstream Hollywood at the Queens Circuit Jackson Triplex (40-31 82nd St).
- Police Station: 115th Precinct, 92-15 Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, 718-533-2002
- Community Board 3: 82-11 37th Ave - Suite 606, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, 718-458-2707
- Community Group: Jackson Heights Beautification Group
- Senior Center: Catherine Sheridan Senior Center, 35-24 83rd St, 718-458-4600
- Jackson Heights Community Development Corporation, 33-47 91st St, 718-476-3173;
- 82nd Street DMA, 37-06 82nd St, 718-335-9421;
- Jackson Heights 74th Street Merchants Association, 37-08 74th St, 718-651-6971
- Banking: Find local and national banks on 74th and 81st Streets.
- Health Club: BQE Racquetball and Fitness Center, 26-50 Brooklyn Queens Expressway, Woodside, NY 11377, 718-726-4343
- Zip Code: 11372