Jackson Heights is a neighborhood in Queens, a borough of New York City. Woodside, Elmhurst and Corona are also covered in this article. 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.
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.
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.
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 also 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, the great jazz musician whose house is now a museum, and Willie Mays, the Hall of Fame centerfielder for the New York and San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets. 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 is both a residential and commercial neighborhood with a good food diversity. While you are in Woodside if you like Filipino groceries you can visit Phil-am Food Mart also can visit Tower Square Shopping Center where you can find a little bit of everything.
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.
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 by bus
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 by car
At LaGuardia Airport, there are taxis and limousine available to use to reach Woodside Queens that you can order.
Get in from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Woodside by bus
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 by subway
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.
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.
- 1 Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, ☏ +1 718-478-8274. First tour begins at 11:30 AM, last at 3:30 PM. A cultural highlight of the neighboring community of Corona is the Louis Armstrong House Museum, 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). Adults: $12, seniors (65 and older), visitors with disabilities (caregivers free of charge), active duty military, students, and children: $8, children under 5: free. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no more than four visitors per tour. Tours begin every hour on weekdays, every 30 minutes on Saturdays.
- 9/11 Mural You won’t find any big museums or exhibits in Woodside, but you will find the occasional vibrant mural. The major one to check out is the 9/11 mural commissioned by Woodside on the Move, a grassroots organization dedicated to “making Woodside and Western Queens a better place to live and learn.” Spanning the wall on 61st street under the subway station on Roosevelt Avenue, it was painted in 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and its victims.
- Tower square shopping center The trolley barn was built in 1896 for the New York and Queens Railroad Company. Now there is a Pizza Hut, where you can eat and see this historical side. Woodside Ave.
Within Woodside, the double-decker station of the Long Island Rail Road (built in 1869) and the IRT Flushing Line (built in 1917) both remain, and were renovated in 1999. A trolley barn at Northern Boulevard and 51st Street has been preserved as the Tower Square Shopping Center. The New York and Queens Railroad Company built the barn in 1896. A transportation hub like the LIRR/IRT stations, it was the largest car barn in Queens.
Woodside also possesses an ancient tree, a large copper beech of somewhere between 150 and 300 years old. Documents in the archive of the Queens Historical Society suggest that it might have been planted during the time of the Revolutionary War.
Among the oldest of Woodside's historic landmarks are its cemeteries. Calvary Cemetery was founded in 1845 by trustees of Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral for Roman Catholic burials and was later expanded by the addition of three sections comprising New Calvary. Calvary and New Calvary's combined 300 acres (120 ha) contain over three million burials. The Moore-Jackson Cemetery on 54th Street between 31st & 32nd Avenues is much older and smaller than Calvary. Established in 1733, it is one of the oldest cemeteries in New York. Only fifteen graves remain visible, the earliest dated 1769.
- The Bulova Corporation has its headquarters in northern Woodside along Interstate 278. The headquarters opened in 1875.
- The Queens Public Library's Woodside branch is located at 54-22 Skillman Avenue.
Parks and recreation
Parks in the area include:
- Doughboy Plaza, bounded by Woodside Avenue, 52nd Street, and 39th Road. It used to be a children's playground but is now a landscaped triangle.
- Windmuller Park (now Lawrence Virgilio Playground), between 39th Road and 39th Drive from 52nd to 54th Streets. It was first named after Louis Windmuller, a local resident who was a German immigrant and a businessman. In 2002 the park was renamed after Lawrence Virgilio, a firefighter who died in the September 11 attacks. The park's facilities include fields and courts for baseball and handball; a playground and spray shower; a running track; a swimming pool; and fitness equipment.
- Big Bush Park, north side of Laurel Hill Boulevard between 61st and 64th Streets. It was built on a plot of land created during the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway's construction in the 1950s and opened in 1987, sixteen years after construction started. The park's facilities include fields and courts for baseball, basketball, handball, and soccer; a playground and spray shower; and fitness equipment.
- Nathan Weidenbaum Playground, south side of Laurel Hill Boulevard at 61st Street. It was named after a local resident who was one of the first occupants of the Wynwoode Gardens Homes and advocated for improvements to the area.
- 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.
- 1 Stray Vintage, 4809 Skillman Ave, Woodside, ☏ +1 718-779-7795. This is a nice store where you can find used, vintage & consignment, antiques and vinyl records.
- 1 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.
- 2 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.
- 3 Jackson Diner, 37-47 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.
- 4 Arunee Thai Cuisine, 37-68 79th St (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.
- 5 Chung Ki-Wa Restaurant, 40-06 74th St (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.
- 6 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.
- 7 The Alcove, 41-11 49th St, Woodside. Gastropub that also serves tapas, breakfast & brunch and is open late.
- 8 SriPraPhai Thai Restaurant, 64-13 39th Ave, Woodside, ☏ +1-718-899-9599. Th–Tu 11:30AM–9:30PM, closed W. The restaurant is big with a lot of seating, there is a very cute outdoor seating as well for the summer. There is a huge line during weekend specially at night.
- 9 Matsuri, 39-56 61st St, Woodside, ☏ +1-718-424-1688, email@example.com. M–Th 11:30AM–10:30PM, F Sa 11:30AM–11PM, Su noon–10:30PM. This restaurant offers the perfect selection of both traditional and modern Japanese food, from sushi, ramen, to izakaya. We strive to provide the highest quality food and excellent service with reasonable prices. Our goal is to deliver a superlative dining experience, in a relaxed setting.
- 10 Peking BBQ, 58-11 Woodside Ave, ☏ +1-718-672-1414. This is a Chinese, Peruvian, Barbecue.
Drinks at Woodside Queens
- Woodside Cafe , 60-06 Woodside Ave. ☏ +1 718 899 3499. The store is opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Cafe 52 , 5129 43rd Ave. ☏ +1 718 424-0250. It serves during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Charlie's Sports Bar, 4408 60th St, Woodside. This place is a friendly, neighborhood pub and sports bar. With 15 big-screen TVs you can take in a variety of football, soccer, and rugby games while enjoying a beer or your preferred drink.
- The BeerKeeper , 58-15 Woodside Avenue, Woodside A nice pub. A friendly crowd, and decent friendly service.
- 1 New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott Hotel, 102-05 Ditmars Blvd, ☏ +1-718-565-8900. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. Offers a fitness center, swimming pool, flexible meeting space and complimentary hotel shuttle to and from LaGuardia Airport. $159-319.
- 2 Queens Hotel, 65-15 Queens Boulevard, Woodside, ☏ +1-718-458-8808.
|Routes through Jackson Heights|
|Midtown Manhattan ← Long Island City ←||W E||→ Flushing|
|Midtown Manhattan ← Long Island City ←||W E||→ Forest Park → Jamaica|
|Midtown Manhattan ← Long Island City ←||W E||→ Forest Park|
|END ←||N S||→ Long Island City → Brooklyn|