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Jackson Heights

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It encompasses the country’s first planned garden and cooperative apartment community. It’s the birthplace of Scrabble. And it’s the setting for the TV show Ugly Betty.

It’s also the place to be on Saturday and Sunday, when the Jackson Heights Beautification Group celebrates the 25th annual Historic Jackson Heights Weekend.

On Saturday, the fun kicks off with an exhibition of vintage photographs and memorabilia at the Community United Methodist Church. At 10:45 am and 12:15 am, there will be slide presentations on the neighborhood’s history. Then, a self-guided garden tour (using maps provided upon ticket purchase) will allow participants to visit at least 15 private gardens. These block-long, park-like gardens are only open to the public one day a year.

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The Sunday parade through Jackson Heights gets the lion’s share of the media attention, but Queens Pride Week kicks off with music, dance, and poetry in Diversity Plaza on Saturday at 5 pm.

Through an open call to artists organized by Flushing Town Hall, the program features a wide array of local talent, such as the SALGA Dance Team (above), an LGBTQ ensemble that celebrates South Asian artistic traditions.

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This studio rental in historic Jackson Heights is spacious enough for two to live comfortably. This apartment is in a four-story building with an elevator, live-in super, laundry, and a garage. The kitchen doesn’t have too much counter space, but it looks very new. There’s enough space for an island or dining room table. Friendly pets are welcome, and the monthly rent is $1,650.

The Q29, Q32, Q33 buses and the 7 train are all within walking distance. The area has a lot of dining and shopping options. Click through for more photos.

35-65 86th Street, #5D [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

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This two-bedroom co-op home in the Historic District of Jackson Heights was built in 1928. The home features wood floors throughout, high ceilings, archways, and a large eat-in kitchen. There is also a small inner garden in the building. The ask is $295,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $1,143.77.

The building is three blocks away from the 7, E, F/M, and R trains, and the Q32, Q33, and Q49 are on the same block. Travers Park, Jackson Heights Library, and public schools are all within walking distance. There are also a lot of dining options in the neighborhood. Click through for more photos.

82-06 34th Avenue, #1 [East Coast, Realtors Inc] GMAP

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This one-bedroom in Jackson Heights is on the top floor of a six-story building. The kitchen has new stainless steel appliances including a built-in microwave and a dishwasher. There are wood floors throughout, and it looks like the apartment gets a lot of light. There’s an elevator and a 24-hour laundry room in the building.

The 7, E, F/M, and R trains are two blocks away, and the Q49 is down the street. There are a lot of restaurants and grocery stores nearby, and Travers Park is across the street. The rent is $1,700 per month. Click through for more photos.

34-20 78th Street, #6J [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

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As I’m sure all of you Q’Stoners are aware, a devastating earthquake in Nepal has shattered the landscape and left thousands dead. A round-the-clock vigil has been under way for a few days on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, which is home to much of New York City’s Nepali community.

Yesterday, I walked over from Astoria to visit with our neighbors in their time of need and offer condolences. I was lucky enough to speak to some members of the Hyolmo Youth Club while I was there.

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This three-bedroom co-op is situated right in Jackson Heights’ historic district. The five-story Plymouth Apartments was built in 1916, and the apartment is a fourth floor walk-up. There are wood floors throughout, and the kitchen looks very new. You can configure the rooms into two bedrooms with separate dining and living rooms, or as a three-bedroom with a combined dining and living room. All  the rooms get a lot of light, and there are spacious closets in each bedroom.

The 7 train, Q32, Q33, and Q49 buses are all within walking distance. Tons of shops and dining options are in the area, and with an annual donation of $50, you will get a private key to enter the Community Church garden on 82nd Street. The ask is $450,000 with monthly maintenance fees of $571 (which includes heat, water, and property taxes). Click through for more photos.

35-16 82nd Street GMAP

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This three-bedroom in Jackson Heights includes the entire first floor of a two-story building built in 1935, with one bedroom in the front and two in the back. The galley kitchen is reasonably sized and has wooden cabinets, and the bedrooms and living room seem fairly spacious.

It’s a five minute walk from the 7, E, F/M, and R trains and near lots of food and shopping. The monthly rent is $2,700. Check out more photos below.

35-53 72nd Street, #1 [Best Service Realty Corp.] GMAP

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Roxanne is a lonely transgender sex worker whose life changes drastically after she takes in an abandoned 11-year-old girl. Alifa is an optimistic shepherdess in Somali who is positive that her life is going to change for the better. Hannah has a hard time juggling being six years old and a “big girl” at the same time. These three stories will play at various times in the borough during the fifth annual Queens World Film Festival, which starts on March 17th. At venues in Jackson Heights, the Kaufman Arts District, and Long Island City, the six-day celebration will present 117 films with diverse lengths, topics, and national origins. Details on the movies, venues, blocks, and themes are on the jump page along with another photo.

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I was invited to ride along with the Transportation Alternatives Queens Volunteer Committee’s social ride on Sunday, which ended up carrying me all over the western edge of a Long Island. The meetup spot was at the Jackson Heights Roosevelt stop on the 7/E/R/M, so I left Astoria and travelled via the R train. The trip played out over several hours, criss-crossed from Queens into Brooklyn and then back again, and I was capturing images the whole way. Want to see where we went?

More after the jump…