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Jackson Heights Historic District – Garden Apartment Central, A Place that Matters

Roughly stretching from 76th to 86th streets and Northern Boulevard to Roosevelt Avenue, in Jackson Heights, Queens, the Jackson Heights Historic District, designated in 1993, preserves a remarkable cluster of buildings from the 1910s and 1920s. These buildings were originally built to entice upwardly mobile (and white, non-Jewish) middle-class New Yorkers to the then rural stretches of Queens by creating distinctively urban, multi-unit apartment buildings in a landscaped and suburban setting. With designs inspired by philanthropic experiments in middle-income and working-class housing in Europe and the US, the Queensboro Corporation and its principal architects created a new housing type that became known as the “garden apartment.”