Explore Jackson Heights - Thriving Immigrant Community

02/25/12 | 12-2p

(location TBA upon purchase of ticket)

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- 3 hour tour of New York?s historic Jackson Heights neighborhood - Informed commentary on the immigrant community from a South Asian expert - Review Queens-specific architecture - Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat South Asian lunch (cost included)

Jackson Heights was originally a civic-planned New York neighborhood designed to cater to the upper-middle class, but grew organically over the course of a century to become home to a melting pot of Latino and South Asian immigrants. Wander around the neighborhood with Aseem Chhabra, a widely-published freelance journalist and Queens resident, as he narrates Jackson Heights? history and see for yourself how the present-day cosmopolitan community translates itself into an array of culturally-distinctive restaurants, supermarkets and clothing stores. You?ll review the renowned nature-friendly ?garden apartments? that Jackson Heights pioneered in the 1920?s, visit the small businesses that now characterize the neighborhood, and enjoy a delicious lunch at Jackson Diner on this comprehensive three-hour walking tour. Aseem previously led this tour of Jackson Heights annually for the 92nd Street Y to much acclaim. In 2009 the tour was profiled in the Daily News as a ?taste of how people from different ethnic cultures ? sometimes from feuding countries ? could live and work together.?

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