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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.

Its no secret that its a great neighborhood, said Vladimir Simkhovich, a real estate broker who has lived in Jackson Heights for 32 years. Its 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.

Theyre some of the most desirable buildings in the area because they come equipped with fireplaces, gardens and elevators, he explained. Its very reminiscent of Upper West Side apartments but even better because theyre half the price of what youll 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