The beat of Jackson Heights—A typical residential street in Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is a neighborhood in the northwestern portion of the borough of Queens in New York City. Built around large central gardens designed for lovers of the outdoors who demand city comforts, Jackson Heights is one of the most attractive neighborhoods in New York City. Residents take pride in their planned community, luscious green spaces, and ample solidly constructed Pre-War apartments.

Jackson Heights, Queens: a vibrant, diverse community that combines genuine warmth and hominess with a multitude of cultural venues, shops and restaurants. Resi¬dents of Jackson Heights enjoy a lifestyle that has all but disappeared from similar neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Complemented by gorgeous garden apart¬ments built between 1917 and 1940, Jackson Heights was the first planned cooperative apartment community built in the United States. In 1993 the New York City Land-marks Preservation Commission landmarked and created the Jackson Heights Historic District here in Queens.

People are Jackson Heights’ principle asset—whether first time home owners or empty nesters seeking close proximity to Manhattan. It is a neighbor-friendly environ¬ment—a place where preservationists, merchants and residents live together in harmony.

GOING TO THE JACKSON HEIGHTS
Easy accessibility was a prime concern of the builders of Jackson Heights. With one exception, all subway lines in Queens County were built with a hidden agenda, to bring ev¬eryone to or through Jackson Heights. They still do. And, it remains easy.

JACKSON HEIGHTS MAP
Jackson Heights’ main drags are Roosevelt Avenue (under the elevated subway), Northern Boulevard, 35th Avenue, and 81st and 82nd Streets. The Historic District is between Northern Boulevard and Roosevelt. Little India’s center is at 74th Street and 35th Avenue.

JACKSON HEIGHTS TRANSPORTATION
Jackson Heights is a 20-minute commute on the 7 subway to Midtown Manhat¬tan from the 82nd Street station. Alternatively, the E, F, G, R, or V trains also run from Roosevelt Avenue. E and F are express through Queens. Buses 19, 19B, 33, 47, and 66 serve Jackson Heights. LaGuardia Airport is easily accessible via the Grand Central.

JACKSON HEIGHTS REAL ESTATE AND APARTMENTS
Buildings with four to eight floors dominate the heart of Jackson Heights. One-family and two-family homes are not uncommon. North of Northern there are more row houses, smaller co-ops, and cheaper prices. Retail values rove have risen fast since 2003. The Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG) is a grassroots community organiza¬tion of people who live and work in Jackson Heights and care enough to help make Jackson Heights one of the best neighborhoods in Queens and New York City. JHBG was estab-lished in 1988 and is a 501(C)-3 nonprofit organization. JHBG supports: high standards; preservation; local pride; diversity; inclusion; cleanliness; greenery; civility; lo¬cal schools, institutions, and merchants; and anything that enhances Jackson Heights. JHBG helps fight against: graffiti, litter, crime, pollution, disorder, intolerance, landmark violations, noise, and apathy. Historic Jackson Heights was planned in the early 1900s as a suburb in the city. It still offers gracious living with city flair. The landmark housing reminds some people of the big, airy Upper West Side apartments, but in smaller-scale buildings surrounded by lush gardens. The public, private, and parochial schools are excel¬lent. Jackson Heights is in the geographical center of New York City, just five miles from midtown Manhat¬tan. Jackson Heights has easy access to major roadways; the 7, E, F, G, R, and V subway lines; and various bus routes, including direct lines to LaGuardia Airport and Penn Station (via the Queensboro Bridge to Fifth Avenue).
This safe and vibrant neighborhood is perhaps the most diverse place in the world. Here everyone is welcome and everyone is encouraged to contribute to building the best possible community

THE JACKSON HEIGHTS GARDEN CITY SOCIETY, INC.
The Garden City Society is the his¬torical society for the garden city of Jackson Heights. It was founded and licensed in New York State in 1996, by historians, preserva¬tionists, and activists. The G-C-S: Collects artifacts, photos, and materials. It conducts original research and interprets and puts our history into context. It educates the public and represents Jackson Heights at NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission hearings, to county, city, and state governments, and sometimes to international institutions. The Garden City Trail explains and interprets what matters here and why, to residents and visitors.

RESTAURANTS/FOOD
The variety of restaurants in Jackson Heights makes it fun to explore and it’s easy to find favorites. The following pages highlight some of the very best in Jackson Heights dining.

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