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Queens/Jackson Heights

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Jackson Heights is a neighborhood in Queens, a borough of New York City. Elmhurst and Corona are also covered by this article.

Understand[edit]

Jackson Heights was built as a planned community in the years between the World Wars. Today it is a multi-ethnic community of well-maintained apartment buildings and single-family houses. To an increasing number of travelers and curious New York natives, the area offers a diversity of mostly reasonably-priced restaurants representing many of the world's cuisines, including Indian, Thai, Korean, Mexican, Peruvian, Italian, and Argentine.

The original tract of land that became Jackson Heights extended approximately from Roosevelt Avenue on the south to Northern Boulevard on the north, and from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway/69th Street on the west to Junction Boulevard on the east, an area of about a square mile. These are still the boundaries recognized by many residents, although sometimes the larger, low-rise area stretching north of Northern Blvd. to LaGuardia Airport is also considered part of Jackson Heights.

South Asian businesses cluster around the block of 74th Street between Roosevelt Ave. and 37th Ave. Restaurants and other businesses catering to the growing Mexican community cluster on Roosevelt Ave., which runs under the elevated #7 Flushing Line of the New York subway. 37th Avenue has many local shops. 82nd Street and Junction Boulevard are mostly discount shopping streets with a Latin flavor. Most of the other streets are primarily residential.

Adjoining areas[edit]

Abutting Jackson Heights to the south, across Roosevelt Ave., is Elmhurst, a very ethnically diverse neighborhood that supports Latino, Chinese, Korean, and South Asian communities. But perhaps above all, Southeast Asians - from the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand - are a striking presence among the purveyors and clientele of its various shops and restaurants. Only about a 35-minute subway ride from Manhattan and a short walk from all the Indian and Latino clubs, shops, and restaurants in Jackson Heights, it is a neighborhood very much worth visiting for some excellent, inexpensive food. Very good restaurants such as the Georgia Diner are located in the district, as well as the Queens Center Mall. Get here by taking the R or M trains to Elmhurst Avenue or Grand Avenue.

Corona borders Jackson Heights to the east, across Junction Boulevard. It is a largely Latino neighborhood with many Latino restaurants. Corona also has a rich African American heritage, and is the former home of Louis Armstrong, whose house is now a museum, and Willie Mays. Get there by taking the 7 train to Junction Boulevard or 103rd Street, or the R or M trains to Woodhaven Boulevard or 63rd Drive.

Woodside connects to the west side of Jackson Heights, Woodside was originally settle by native Americans, Woodside is both a residential and commercial neighborhood counts with a good food diversity, while you are in woodside if you like filipino grocerie you can visit Phil-am Food Mart also can visit Tower Square Shoping Center where you can find a litle bit of everithing

Get in[edit]

By subway[edit]

The area is easily reached by subway from midtown Manhattan (in as little as 15 minutes, via the E or F) and other parts of New York City. The busiest station is known as 74th Street on the #7, and as Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. on the E, F, R, and M trains. A free transfer is provided there between the lines, and there are also free transfers to the various bus lines that serve Jackson Heights, including the Q49, Q32, and Q33. Further east along Roosevelt Ave., the area is also served by the 82nd St., 90th St., and Junction Blvd. stations of the #7 train.

By car[edit]

Jackson Heights can be reached from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (or "BQE", also known as I-278), via the Roosevelt Ave. or Northern Blvd. exits. This road connects to the RFK (formerly Triborough) Bridge and to Brooklyn. Northern Blvd. leads west to the Queensborough Bridge and east to the Grand Central Parkway, the Van Wyck Expressway, and Flushing.

Get in from Laguardia Airport to Woodside Queens by bus[edit]

Laguardia Airport can take you to Woodside Queens by taking the bus Terminal B and stop at Time Square-42 St. After that, take the bus at Time Square-42 St and reach the Boston Road @ Pelham Parkway. Finally, take the bus at Boston Road @ Pelham Parkway and reach at Woodside.

The second stop to use the bus at Laguardia Airport is at Ditmars Bl/102 St. Take the bus and reach at Roosevelt Av/Main St. Finally, take the bus at Roosevelt Av/Main St and reach Woodside Queens.

Get in from Laguardia Airport to Woodside Queens by car.[edit]

At Laguardia Airport, there are taxis and limousine available to use to reach Woodside Queens that you can order.[1]

Get in from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Woodside Queens by bus[edit]

There is a bus at terminal 5 you can take to reach the Kew Gardens Road. Then take the Q60 Bus from Queens Bl/Union Tpk and reach Queens Bl/63 St. Finally, walk towards Woodside Queens.

Get in from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Woodside Queens by subway[edit]

The JFK Airport has terminal 4 that you can take to reach Jamaica Train station. Then take the Jamaica Train station can stop at Woodside Queens.[2]

See[edit]

Much of Jackson Heights is designated by the city as a landmark district, which provides a measure of protection to the area's distinctive architecture. Though many of the buildings are distinctive, the area is primarily known for its gardens. Some of these are visible from the street, but others are in enclosed courtyards, and they are mostly private spaces that can only be visited by invitation or during the annual "open house" day (see the website of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group for details). Architecturally notable apartment complexes with extensive gardens include the Towers and the Chateau, which face each other across 34th Avenue between 80th and 81st streets, and Dunolly Gardens, on the block bounded by 78th and 79th streets and 34th and 35th avenues.

The single block of 74th Street between Roosevelt and 37th Avenue is the nucleus of a bustling South Asian shopping district, with stores selling traditional garments (such as saris), gold jewelry (especially for use in wedding ceremonies), Bollywood DVDs, religious goods, and of course, food. The community has diversified somewhat, as Indian and Pakistani immigrants have been joined by people from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and other countries. 73rd Street is home to several Bengali businesses.

A cultural highlight of the neighboring community of Corona is the Louis Armstrong House Museum (3456 107th Street, Corona, +1 718-478-8274), where the jazz legend lived from 1943 to his death in 1971. Armstrong and his wife Lucille chose to live in a modest single family house in an area that was once home to a number of African American performers and other luminaries. The museum preserves the furnishings and artwork pretty much just as Louis and Lucille left them, and also has a collection of Armstrong's recordings and other memorabilia. The adjacent garden - Louis' pride and joy and the only thing that distinguishes the house from its neighbors on the street - is occasionally used for concerts, notably on July 4 (Louis' stated birthday) and August 4 (determined after his death to be his actual birthday).

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Little India: There are traditional Indian shops and along 73rd and 74th street; Patel Brothers supermarket on 74th street carries a large variety of traditional Indian food and products.

Eat[edit]

  • Taste Good Malaysian Restaurant, 82-18 45th Ave (between 82nd and 83rd Sts, across the street from Clement Clarke Moore Homestead Park; Subway:  M  R  trains to Elmhurst Ave), +1 718 898-8001.
  • Pho Bac, 82-78 Broadway (in a strip mall between Elmhurst and Whitney; Subway:  M  R  trains to Elmhurst Ave), +1 718 639-0000. An excellent Vietnamese restaurant whose menu goes far beyond the noodle soup that supplies its name. It is also quite inexpensive. Expect to pay no more than $15, even if you have a humongous dinner. One word of warning, though: The banh mi (roast pork sandwiches) are, seemingly inexplicably, very disappointing.
  • Upi Jaya, 76-04 Woodside Ave (between 76th and 77th Sts; Subway:  E  F  M  R  7  trains to Jackson Heights-Broadway-Roosevelt Ave or  M  R  trains to Elmhurst Ave), +1 718 458-1807. Popular with Indonesians, Upi Jaya serves delicious, flavorful Indonesian cuisine. The owner is a Minangkabau from Padang.
  • Jackson Diner, 3747 74th St (Subway:  E  F  R  M  to Roosevelt Ave., or  7  to 74th Street), +1 718 672-1232. 7 days, lunch and dinner. Best known Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights, serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian North Indian cuisine. Lunch buffet on weekdays. Inexpensive.
  • Arunee Thai Cuisine, 3768 79th Street (just north of Roosevelt Ave.) (Subway:  E  F  R  M  to Roosevelt Ave (at 74th St.), or  7  to 82nd Street), +1 718 205-5559. 7 days, lunch and dinner. Tucked away behind a modest storefront on a quiet side street off bustling Roosevelt Ave., this little gem of a place has served authentic Thai food for over 20 years. Great noodle dishes, soups, fried rice, and seafood. Inexpensive..
  • Indian Taj, 3725 74th St (Subway:  E  F  R  M  to Roosevelt Ave.,  7  to 74th Street), +1 718 651-4187. 7 days, lunch and dinner. North Indian cuisine. Known for its buffet, which is served at all times the restaurant is open. Goat curry, tandoori chicken, saag paneer, naan bread, many vegetarian dishes.
  • Chung Ki-Wa Restaurant, 4006 74th Street (just south of Broadway/Roosevelt Ave intersection) (Subway:  E  F  R  M  to Roosevelt Ave.,  7  to 74th Street), +1 718 478-0925. 7 days, lunch and dinner. Korean cuisine, also has a sushi bar. Korean Barbecue, with meats cooked right at your table. Also full Korean menu including bibimbap (rice with meat, egg, and vegetables in hot stone pot), hot and cold noodle dishes, soondubu (tofu stew), and many others. All diners get a selection of side dishes ("banchan"), included in the dinner price. Beer and Korean beverages (soju). Moderate.
  • Chao Thai, 85-03 Whitney Ave (Subway:  M  R  to Elmhurst Ave), +1 718 424-4999. This is an Isaan restaurant, featuring dishes from the northeastern part of Thailand which is near and culturally related to Laos. That area of Thailand features salads, larb, sausages, soup with spare ribs, and curries without coconut milk. The food at Chao Thai is excellent and connoisseurs find it well worth a trip from Manhattan. Mains $3.50-10.

Drink[edit]


Drinks at Woodside Queens[edit]

  • Woodside Cafe , located at 60-06 Woodside Ave, Woodside,NY 11377. The phone number is (718) 899 3499. The store is opened for breakfast,lunch and dinner.
  • Cafe 52 , located at 5129 43rd Ave, Woodside,NY 11377. Phone number is (718) 424-0250. It serves during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sleep[edit]

Sleep at Woodside Queens[edit]

  • Quality Inn is located at 53-05 Queens Boulevard,Woodside, NY 11377. The contact number is (718) 205-1400. The check-in time is 3:00 P.M.[3]
  • Queens Hotel is located at 65-15 Queens Boulevard, Woodside, NY 11377. The phone number is (718) 458-8808. [4]

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Jackson Heights
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