JACKSON HEIGHTS CHRONICLES:
A recent neighborhood history
- July 2000 - Jackson Heights Greenmarket opens at Travers Park
, the 29th farmers market in New York City, providing fresh produce from local
farms. Market operates every Sunday through end of October.
- June 2000 - Construction begins on a new Jackson Heights
Jewish Center at the corner of 37th Avenue and 77th Street.
- September 1999 - Under community pressure, Time-Warner agrees
to remove more than two dozen concrete and steel Internet/cable boxes that were
installed on the streets of Jackson Heights without all the necessary city
- Spring 1999 - Transit Authority acquires site to build a
larger and airy subway and bus complex at 74th Streets, Jackson
Heights busiest station. Vollmer Associates of New York City, which
designed the highly praised new 42nd Street subway entrance, is
later chosen to design project.
- Fall 1998- Construction starts on two new public schools: an
elementary school on 82nd Street and an intermediate school on
- September 1998 - Two major commercial restorations on
37th Avenue: La Boina Roja, a Columbian restaurant; Caffe Greco, an
Italian cafe and neighborhood arts center.
- August 1997 - A highlight in the neighborhoods landmark
renovations. The opening of two meticulously restored stores, Happy Kitchen, a
Japanese restaurant, and Monika Polish Deli..
- November 1996 - Completion of a greenway mall with trees and
bike lanes along 34th Avenue that extends nearly all the way to Flushing
- October 1996 - Jackson Heights: From Ice Age to Space Age, a
48-page childrens book published by the Jackson Heights Beautification
- September 1996 - After more than a year of renovation, The
Renaissance School - an innovative "New Vision" public school - opens in what
had been an old department store.
- December 1995 - After a proposal for a mirrored-glass office
building is defeated by community opposition, a brick office building with
slate roofs and corner clock towers opens on 37th Street and
- July 1995 - A $450,000 renovation of Travers Park completed.
Park is maintained by park workers and Friends of Travers Park, a volunteer
corps of 30 neighborhood residents.
- January 1994 - A 36-block area in the heart of Jackson Heights
is named a New York City Landmark Historic District - one of the city's larger
- 1994 - Graffiti brought under control largely through the
effort of the volunteer anti-graffiti team of the Jackson Heights
- 1991 - Parents begin work reclaiming Travers Park on
34th Avenue between 77th and 78th Street.
Group evolves into Friends of Travers Park, a branch of the Jackson Heights
- 1990 - Publication of "Jackson Heights: a Garden in the City,"
by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, a 193-page book on the history and
architecture of Jackson Heights.
- 1988 - Jackson Heights Beautification Group founded to battle
graffiti, crime and to preserve the communitys historic integrity.
The Jackson Heights Beautification Group played a major or
supporting role in most of these events.
last revised July 27 2000
Preserve & Protect, Inc.