Jackson Heights Neighborhood Review - Queens Moving Guide
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.
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.
Subway lines in neighborhood
IRT Flushing Line
Average Rental and Sales 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.
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
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.
People who have been priced out of Manhattan and Brooklyn are beginning to call Jackson Heights home.
They won't find any big post war high rises here though.
Here are the average rental prices:
|Studio||1 bedroom||2 bedroom||3 bedroom|
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Although Jackson Heights is faster by bus to Astoria and parts of northern Manhattan, the subway is probably the best option if you are venturing anywhere else.
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.
Subway lines in neighborhood
IRT Flushing Line
|Q47||Broadway at 74th St||Northbound - LaGuardia AIrport|
|Q33||82nd St/Northern Blvd||Ditmars Boulevard and 95th Street|
|Q66||Northern Blvd/82nd St||Northern Blvd/Queens Plaza S|
|Q32||81st St/Northern Blvd||Jackson Heights/Penn Station|
Bikes and Bike Safety
With recent expansion to all five boroughs, Citi Bike docks can be found throughout Jackson Heights. Steinway Street probably has the most docking stations with three total - 23rd, 28th and 31st Avenue.
With the bicycle network expanding rapidly since the 1990s, bike lane expansion has taken priority.
Jackson Heights, in particular, has experienced a high number of cycler injuries and fatalities, so the area will be continuing to develop more bike lanes.
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.
Attractions and Nightlife
Relax, enjoy the ambiance and take in the weekly jazz night at Terraza 7 (FREE Sun 9PM-midnight). Owned by a local artist, the venue also boast film screenings, workshops, art shows and live performances.
For live entertainment and Latin American food in a relaxed environment head to D'antigua. No one is shy when it comes to dancing so come ready to boogie! Hookahs are available if you'd rather sit and chill.
Another great dancing spot if you want to soak up the Queens vibe is Hairos Night Club. Great service, fun environment and salsa music galore!
Public & Charter Schools
Jackson Heights is located in school district #30.
|IS 230||Public- 6-8 - 1077 students||Diverse students body, academically challenging, various extra-cirricular and after school activities, honor program, great location|
|PS 69 Jackson Heights||Public - PK-5 - 1147 students||good communication with teachers and parents, challenging programs, diverse community|
|IS 145 Joseph Pulitzer||Public - 6-8 - 2067||Friendly staff, inolving cirriculum, new technology and learning practices, honor program available|
|PS 212||Public - K-5 - 808 students||Majority of students and staff are Hispanic, Service providers include OT, PT, Speech, Counseling, lots of programs|
|PS 280||Public - K-4 - 577 students||Organized teaching method, Majority of student body is Hispanic, clean environment|
|PS 149 Christa Mcauliffe||Public - K-5 - 1235 students||Dual language program, diverse students body, strong PTA, supportive teachers|
|The Renaissance Charter School||Charter - K-12 - 544 students||14:1 student-teacher ratio, high test scores, graduation and college admission rate, few sports|
|Ps 222 Fire Fighter Christopher A Santora School||Public - PK-2 - 322 students||strong dual language program, music, theater and arts, school emphasis in writing, Involved parents|
How Safe is the Jackson Heights Neighborhood?
Crime rate: 5 of 10
Approximately 13.2129 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents