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Jackson Heights

Display window of one of many stores selling saris and traditional South Asian clothing in Jackson Heights' Little India.

One of the Most Diverse Neighborhoods in a Diverse Borough

Like other Queens neighborhoods, a trip to Jackson Heights is all about the food. Indian restaurants are prevalent, and you can also find Tibetan, Nepalese, Ecuadorian, Colombian, and even Himalayan cuisine along the colorful streets.

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At a Glance

  • Famous faces: Actress Lucy Liu and comedian Don Rickles both grew up in Jackson Heights.
  • Screen time: On the TV show Ugly Betty, Betty and her family live in Jackson Heights.
  • Photo op: Go to the corner of 35th Ave. and 81st St. to see a curious street sign dedicated to Alfred Mosher Butts, who invented Scrabble here in 1938.

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About Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights began as a planned community of upscale apartment buildings with private gardens in the early 20th century. In the years since, the neighborhood has gone through several stages of development and emerged more popular than ever. It's currently home to a diverse mix of ethnic communities. Families from South Asia and Central and South America mingle with ex-Manhattanites who moved out for reasonably priced apartments in historic buildings and the community. With the diversity, Read More [+]

LIVING in Queens

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Ethnic Eats: Best Places to Shop and Snack

New York City has been known as the “Great Melting Pot” since the early 1900s, and all those years of cultural diversity have had quite a positive impact on its food. Wandering from borough to borough and neighborhood to neighborhood, nomadic Read More »


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New Yorkers have a reputation for rolling their eyes when it comes to tours of the city. After all, when you live here, why  pay money to walk around your own backyard? As it turns out, there are fascinating, information-packed tours out there  even skeptical NYC locals are sure to love. Read More »

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