Secret Lives Tour: The Gardens of Jackson Heights


Saturday, October 15, 2016

11 am

Jackson Heights in Queens was the first Garden Community and continues to be the largest in the United States. These garden style apartments, detached and semi-detached houses were built as an answer to the crowded slums of Manhattan. The Queensboro Corporation successfully campaigned to have the subway extended through Jackson Heights and built up the area during the early 20th century. The large apartment buildings take up entire blocks with interior courtyards not accessible to the public. These gardens are what made Jackson Heights so unique and appealing, and continue to be a draw today. The picturesque residences were designed in Georgian, Tudor, Gothic, Italian Renaissance and Spanish Romanesque styles. Decorative brickwork, loggias and slate roofs are quintessential design elements found in the architecture. Institutional and commercial buildings were produced to match the residential. HDC named Jackson Heights one of its Six to Celebrate neighborhoods in 2011.

A section of Jackson Heights was designated as a New York City Historic District in 1993,  unfortunately not all the architecturally worthy building were included in the district. Local Queens advocates such as the Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG) have been campaigning to have the district extended. Join HDC and memebers of the JHBG on October 15th as we explore beautiful Jackson Heights, view the interior gardens and learn how to become involved in the preservation of the neighborhood.

General Admission $40

Friends / Seniors $30


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