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Jackson Heights Neighborhood Review - Queens Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

Discover one of Queen's hidden gems--Jackson Heights. Find out why this is a great neighborhood to live in, what schools are in the area, how to get around, what average apartment prices are, and the many amazing restaurants and eateries that define Jackson Heights.
Editors Rating (3.5 stars out of 5)
6.8 Overall
Average Rent Prices 9
Public transportation 5
Schools 7
Lifestyle 8
Crime 5

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

  • 7

    IRT Flushing Line

Renting in Jackson Heights

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 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.

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:

Average Rent Prices in Jackson Heights
Studio 1 bedroom 2 bedroom 3 bedroom
$1,573 $1,778 $2,457 $2,728

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Apartments Available in Jackson Heights

Public Transportation

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

  • 7

    IRT Flushing Line

Bus Lines
Bus Location Direction
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 a 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 leches 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.

Local Schools
School Information Notes
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 statistics

Crime rate: 5 out of 10
Approximately 13.1196 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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