Jackson Heights Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Current residents of Jackson Heights benefit from thoughtful urban planning of a century ago. The Queensboro Corporation created Jackson Heights around 1910, taking inspiration from England’s garden city movement. Queensboro president Edward A. MacDougall envisioned an alternative to the typical high-density housing of the day, those dark, cramped tenements with poor ventilation that filled concrete-dominated neighborhoods. In Jackson Heights, residences would be set back from sidewalks, and only half the land in an apartment complex would actually be built on. The results were so-called garden apartments, each complex encompassing a private park for residents. The city has designated Jackson Heights a historic district, which prohibits major exterior alterations or new construction that’s out of character. Thus, the gracious-living ethos on which Jackson Heights was founded still pervades its residential streets. Yet one important thing is different nowadays. The Queensboro Corporation created a restricted community, with an approval process for prospective residents, which kept out nonwhites. Today, however, Jackson Heights is one of the most diverse places in the world, with a large Indian community centered on 74th St. and a Latino majority overall."