City Living: Jackson Heights
Well-known for its bustling Roosevelt Avenue, Little India, a plethora of food trucks and ethnic eateries, there is a softer, quieter side to the multicultural Western Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights.
As vibrant as the area is in its main corridors, with scores of restaurants, bars and boutiques, a different kind of vibrancy — the family-friendly, community-oriented type — abounds down its tree-lined side streets.
“It’s no secret that it’s a great neighborhood,” said Vladimir Simkhovich, a real estate broker who has lived in Jackson Heights for 32 years. “It’s a diversified historic neighborhood with many pre-war buildings and great transportation.”
Simkhovich touted the exclusivity of the garden apartment buildings, known for their historic value.
“They’re some of the most desirable buildings in the area because they come equipped with fireplaces, gardens and elevators,” he explained. “It’s very reminiscent of Upper West Side apartments but even better because they’re half the price of what you’ll pay there.”
Jackson Heights was the first garden community to be built in the United States in 1914, he said. Named after John Jackson, president of the Hunters Point and Flushing Turnpike Company, it once housed golf courses, tennis courses and offered horseback riding.
Many of the buildings from that era remain and are protected in a historical landmarked section that spans from 76th to 86th streets between Roosevelt Avenue and Northern Boulevard.
By LISA FRASER
Need To Know
Jackson Heights runs from Junction Boulevard/94th Street in the east to the BQE in the west. It is bounded to the north by Northern Boulevard and to the south by Roosevelt Avenue. More »
Mustang Thakali Kitchen
This small spot serves up authentic Nepali and Tibetan food including thali, a traditional Nepali and Indian dish made up of a collection of various dishes. They also serve Nepali style dumplings known as momos.
This Little India restaurant offers a $10 lunch buffet and dinner buffets. Diners can choose from appetizers like aloo tiki chole, steamed potatoes with chick peas, yogurt, tamarind and mint chutney as well as meat and vegetable curries. For dessert the sweet dish Gulab Jamun, a soft cheese dumpling dipped in honey and rose syrup, is worth a try.
Amaru Pisco Bar
This trendy spot takes its name from the famous Peruvian cocktail, Pisco Sour. Between Amaru’s narrow brick wall and the bar, well-dressed young patrons can be seen sipping on various kinds of pisco sour cocktails. Try the Cholito, the Viejo Verde or the namesakes, Amaru and the traditional Pisco Sour. For a place with such minimalistic décor, the drinks pack some flare as many are served with beautiful presentations.
Jackson Heights is known for its string of gay-friendly bars, but Club Evolution turns it up a notch. Two dance floors pump out Latin music, techno and popular hits and drag queens can be seen flaunting their beauty in this often jam-packed spot.
This local spot is the place to be if you want to get a fix of Spanish rock. Local Latin rock bands often play gigs at D’Antigua. The cozy couches make for a comfortable group gathering or date. Karaoke is also offered on some nights.
82nd Street Shopping District
This strip between 37th and Roosevelt Avenues offers an array of stores including The Children’s Place, Easy Pickins, Bakers, Xios and Prima Donna.
India Sari Palace
In the heart of Little India, this boutique offers a variety of traditional colorful Indian garb for anyone who is shopping to attend an Indian wedding or for those who just want to own a sari. They also carry traditional gold jewelry to match any outfit.
Jackson Heights Greenmarket
This is the largest greenmarket in Queens and it attracts locals as well as those who live outside the neighborhood. The market offers a variety of vegetables, fruit, eggs, and specialty Mexican produce.
Made in Brazil
This quaint local boutique offers trendy and affordable clothing and accessories for women.
Mi-Mi-For-Me Yoga Studio
Take a yoga or Pilates class at this spacious yoga studio. Classes vary from Vinyasa yoga to chair yoga and restorative yoga among others.
Local food guide Jeff Orlick (A.K.A. Jeffrey Tastes) hosts tours that allow participants to venture to the far away Himalayan, South Asian and Latin American lands by way of their taste buds. From momo crawls to gift crawls, Orlick guides groups to sample the authentic food that abounds in the area. More »