Jackson Heights Neighborhood Review: Queens Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray



Jackson Heights is located in the northwest portion of Queens, nestled between Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, and LaGuardia airport.

In this Jackson Heights neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent and sale prices.

It is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the entire nation. Over 60% of the population is foreign-born as of 2010.

Though the Hispanic or Latino population dominates the area, there is a large mix of different ethnicities including (but not limited to):

  • Indians, Pakistanis, Tibetans, Nepalese, and Bangladeshis

A true melting pot, which also means that Jackson Heights is a diverse restaurant mecca.

Most of the neighborhood is designated as a historic district.

Because of this...

pre-war buildings in Jackson Heights have French Renaissance, Romanesque and Tudor styles.

There are also many blocks of other beautiful buildings

such as...

smaller stylist "courtyard" multi-family dwellings, taller upscale apartment buildings and co-op apartment complexes with shared garden spaces.

In comparison to the rest of NYC, the real estate in Jackson Heights is reasonably prices, but rising at a rapid rate.

Fun Fact: The word game Scrabble was co-invented by former architect Alfred Mosher Butts, who lived in Jackson Heights. There is even a street sign at 35th Avenue and 81st Street that is stylized using letters.

Public Transportation

Jackson Heights is about a 20-minute commute to midtown on the 7 subway from the 82nd St. station.

Another option is taking the subway from Roosevelt Avenue station

Here are all of the subways in Jackson Heights:

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 7

    IRT Flushing Line

Here are the bus options available in Jackson Heights:

Q47Broadway at 74th StNorthbound - LaGuardia AIrport
Q3382nd St/Northern BlvdDitmars Boulevard and 95th Street
Q66Northern Blvd/82nd StNorthern Blvd/Queens Plaza S
Q3281st St/Northern BlvdJackson Heights/Penn Station

Average Rental Prices

Jackson Heights predominantly consists of four to eight story buildings.

One and two family homes are also popular to the area.

North of Northern Blvd. is more affordable housing - there are more row houses and smaller co-ops to choose from.

Here are the average rental prices:

Studio1 bedroom2 bedroom3 bedroom

Public & Charter Schools

Jackson Heights is located in school district #30.

IS 230Public- 6-8 - 1077 studentsDiverse students body, academically challenging, various extra-cirricular and after school activities, honor program, great location
PS 69 Jackson HeightsPublic - PK-5 - 1147 studentsgood communication with teachers and parents, challenging programs, diverse community
IS 145 Joseph PulitzerPublic - 6-8 - 2067Friendly staff, inolving cirriculum, new technology and learning practices, honor program available
PS 212Public - K-5 - 808 studentsMajority of students and staff are Hispanic, Service providers include OT, PT, Speech, Counseling, lots of programs
PS 280Public - K-4 - 577 studentsOrganized teaching method, Majority of student body is Hispanic, clean environment
PS 149 Christa McauliffePublic - K-5 - 1235 studentsDual language program, diverse students body, strong PTA, supportive teachers
The Renaissance Charter SchoolCharter - K-12 - 544 students14:1 student-teacher ratio, high test scores, graduation and college admission rate, few sports
Ps 222 Fire Fighter Christopher A Santora SchoolPublic - PK-2 - 322 studentsstrong dual language program, music, theater and arts, school emphasis in writing, Involved parents


Expect to experience some of the best food of your life in Jackson Heights.

Keep in mind, the eateries are more focused on food and service rather than on creating a perfect dining experience.

  • Think South American (Mexican, Ecuadorian, Salvadorian, Peruvian, Dominican, Colombian, or Brazilian)
  • Think Asian (Thai, Vietnamese, Nepali, Bhutanese, Indian, Pakistani, Bengali, Korean, Taiwanese, Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian)

And you will be in the right mindset!

Here are a handful of places worth checking out if you're in the area:

Thailand's Center Point- For an true taste of authentic pad thai in the Bangkok street style go here.

Rumor has it that the sweet little old lady in the kitchen will make you any Thai dish you ask for!

Jackson Diner is a neighborhood favorite. Drop by here to load up on the amazingly fresh and tasty Indian buffet!

Arepa Lady - This tiny food spot has been delivering South American goodness to the area at a very reasonable price for years.

The owner Maria Cano is a local food celebrity. The lunch line is worth the wait.

La Gran Uruguaya Bakery - Dessert is a must and why not stop by this spacious neighborhood bakery for some mouth-watering, authentic treats.

Most popular pastries include: churros with dulce, tres leche and the Maracuya mousse.

How Safe is the Jackson Heights Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 5 of 10

Approximately 13.2129 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents


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