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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

New York City Neighborhoods
Jackson Heights

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Jackson Heights, a middle-class community, is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in all of New York City.

The boundaries of Jackson Heights are the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on the west, Grand Central Expressway on the north, Junction Boulevard on the east, and Roosevelt Avenue on the south. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community District 3.


Jackson Heights was conceived by entrepreneur Edward MacDougal, who in 1908 bought land in the area to capitalize on the opening of the Queensboro Bridge. MacDougal bought one- and two-family houses and the first co-op in 1920. Today, these co-ops are noted for having some of the most beautiful interior gardens in the City. A large section of the area is a landmark historic district.


Jackson Heights is noted for its ethnic and cultural diversity, and a remarkable array of restaurants.

From the 74th Street-Broadway stop, it takes 20 minutes to get to midtown Manhattan on the 7 train. Or, take the E, F, G, or R train from Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue.
Where do I find my new home?

In addition to the real estate classifieds in the City's large-circulation newspapers, you can find Real Estate magazine and Better Homes magazine in local banks and supermarkets. Make sure to check out the Times News Weekly and Queens Chronicle. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, or HomeStore.

Special Note:
Jackson Heights hosts the second-largest gay pride parade in the city. Numerous other parades and festivals are sponsored by groups from China, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, India, Korea, Pakistan, and Peru.

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