At a Glance
Jackson Heights is a veritable melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, with a population that is solidly working and middle class. It's long been home to families and newcomers to the city, but is increasingly appealing to young professionals looking for value. As prices continue to rise in Brooklyn, many people are attracted to Jackson Heights for the affordable rents and manageable commutes to Manhattan. The subway line once described as the “cornfield route” can now get you to Midtown in 20-30 minutes or the East Side of Manhattan in 15 minutes. The neighborhood boasts an eclectic mix of architectural styles, cuisines, traditions and peoples and will appeal to anyone with a cosmopolitan frame of mind.
Jackson Heights is loud and bustling. An estimated 160+ languages are spoken in the neighborhood. The population is approximately half Latino and 20 percent Asian.
Heart of the Neighborhood
The Roosevelt Ave/74th Street Station is the largest subway stop in Queens and is constantly abuzz with shoppers and commuters.
Jackson Heights was the first community built as part of the garden city movement in the U.S. As such, many apartments are built around private courtyards and gardens.
From the South Asian and Latino restaurants to the ethnic parades and religious centers, Jackson Heights' diversity is exhilarating.
The air traffic from LaGuardia is a constant presence. There is also a lack of public green space, although the plethora of personal gardens tends to make up for it.
By the Numbers
Jackson Heights will appeal to New Yorkers looking for a respite from New York City's challenging living costs. The sales and rentals prices here are far below what you'll find in Manhattan and Brooklyn and even in other parts of Queens.
Food & Drink
Pick a country off the map, and you can probably find their local cuisine in Jackson Heights. This is a great place to live or visit for adventurous eaters.
This is the place for Peruvian steak and seafood; famous for the beef stew over tacu tacu, rice and canary beans. BYOB.
Kitchen 79 is not your average slinger of pad see ew. This lively Thai restaurant offers inventive takes on your classic faves.
Great service, big portions and exceptional naan are staples at Masala, one of Jackson Heights' best Indian restaurants.