Home to residents from more than 70 countries speaking more than 40 languages, Jackson Heights, Queens stands as a truly international community. And it is a community in every sense of the word; It’s not unusual to see a Peruvian shop owner dining side-by-side with a Long Island-born accountant in a Taiwanese restaurant, or a Bangladeshi shopper perusing crates of fruit imported from South America. This diversity is part of what attracts residents to Jackson Heights–and more importantly, it’s part of what keeps them there.
"Jackson Heights is very hot right now," says Leonard Jacobs, vice president of MPJ Realty, Inc. in Flushing, New York. "Co-ops and condos priced right are usually sold the same day they go on the market."
Bounded by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on the west, the Grand Central Expressway on the north, Junction Boulevard on the east and Roosevelt Avenue to the south, Jackson Heights has undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years. Thanks to groups like the Jackson Heights Beautification Group and the activism of residents eager to improve their neighborhood, the streets are cleaner, graffiti is seen less frequently, and crime has decreased.
"The area’s improved drastically over the last few years," Jacobs says. "Most buildings have been putting a lot of time and money into improvements. People saw people working together and they wanted to join in, to improve the neighborhood. It helps everyone, bringing in business and improving market prices."
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