Jackson Heighs has been famous for its garden apartment buildings and for its diversity of cultures. It started in th 20’s as a planned community with apartment buildings designed to let in plenty of light and air. Apartment buildings surrounded their own interior gardens (similar to the french quarter courtyards in New Orleans). It’s residents consists primarily of immigrants, largely columbian, Latino’s and South Asians with its own Little India district. It is also the center for gay latinos in Queens and the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee’s Pride parade starts in the neighborhood.
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