Located in Queens, Jackson Heights is perhaps the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in New York City. When walking around the area you'll hear languages from every part of the globe and be able to find food of every cuisine. Russian or Tibetan, Korean or Portuguese, Colombian or Indian…it's all here.
It's also more affordable than many other vibrant parts of the city. This has made it a strong draw for singles, couples, and families priced out of other areas. Jackson Heights has prewar apartments and co-ops with central gardens, large semi-detached homes, and new condos getting built by developers.
Given this is such an ethnically rich area you have hundreds of restaurants offering every type of food possible – and nothing here is expensive. It doesn't have a particularly busy nightlife but does offer a respectable range of lounges, bars, and dance clubs.
The only downside to Jackson Heights? As you'd expect of a neighborhood next to LaGuardia International Airport, you are going to have to deal with noise from planes taking off and landing.
Jackson Heights is bordered on the north by LaGuardia Airport, on the east by East Elmhurst and North Corona, on the south by Elmhurst, and on the west by Woodside.
Wall Street: 10.7 miles / 40-70 minutes by car / 60-70 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 5.9 miles / 30-70 minutes by car / 45 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 15 miles / 50-75 minutes by car / 80 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 8.5 miles / 35-65 minutes by car / 70 minutes by transit
A favorite of hungry workers and fans of street meat everywhere, chicken and rice is a cheap, filling, and fast lunch.
A basic restaurant with so-so service, but the food is great and they specialize in dosas, uttapams, idlys and extensive list of curries.