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Neighborhood Chat / Remembering Father Antonio Checo
« on: April 04, 2020, 06:04:51 PM »
The congregation of St. Mark's Church is mourning the passing of Rev. Antonio Checo, who died recently of COVID-19.

Noticias NY1: Comunidad en Jackson Heights impactada por muerte del padre Checo
General Theological Seminary: IN MEMORIAM: Antonio Checo ’06

May his memory be a blessing to those who knew him.

Neighborhood Chat / Remembering Lorena Borjas
« on: April 04, 2020, 05:39:33 PM »
I've been seeing many tributes to Lorena Borjas, who died recently of COVID-19.  Here are a few:

NY Times: Lorena Borjas, Transgender Immigrant Activist, Dies at 59
The New Yorker: Remembering Lorena Borjas, the Mother of a Trans Latinx Community
CNN: Lorena Borjas, a transgender Latina activist who fought for immigrants and sex workers, has died of Covid-19
Time: 'An Activist, a Warrior, a Mother to So Many.' Lorena Borjas, Pillar of New York Trans Community, Dies From Coronavirus

She sounds like an extraordinary person who made an impact on countless others' lives.  Did anybody here know her directly?

Restaurants & Food / Khaabar Baari
« on: March 30, 2020, 09:09:58 PM »
On my list of places to try when it becomes possible to do so again...

Neighborhood Chat / Queens World Film Festival 2020
« on: March 17, 2020, 09:07:36 PM »
Jackson Heights Post: 10th Queens World Film Festival To Be Streamed Online for Free

More information on the festival is available here

Neighborhood Chat / Making JH Count in the 2020 Census
« on: February 28, 2020, 08:31:38 AM »
The 2020 Census gets underway in a couple of weeks!

It is essential that our neighborhood is fully and accurately counted -- every adult and child residing here, regardless of citizenship status.  These counts are the basis of important decisions regarding representation in government, school districting, and distribution of government services and resources.  Over the coming weeks, there will be extensive efforts to reach out to the community to ensure that everybody has an opportunity to respond.  This thread is for posting information about those efforts.  Discussion of the politics surrounding the census should go elsewhere).

Here are some basic resources to start:
Article on NYC's plans to boost Census turnout
Ocasio-Cortez, Miranda Use Star Power to Promote NYC Census
NYC's Census Webpage

If you're interested in helping with outreach, the city especially needs volunteers who can talk with some of the limited English proficiency residents of the neighborhood.   You can fill out this form to volunteer:

Neighborhood Chat / Feature on singer Ali Dineen
« on: February 27, 2020, 08:05:15 AM »
From Patch:

Local Legend: Singer Ali Dineen On Jackson Heights Inspirations
Singer Ali Dineen has no shortage of musical inspirations — Lin-Manuel Miranda was her teacher — but Jackson Heights is chief among them.

By Maya Kaufman, Patch Staff
Feb 21, 2020 1:53 pm ET | Updated Feb 21, 2020 2:07 pm ET

JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS — Folk singer Ali Dineen has no shortage of musical inspirations — her seventh-grade English teacher was Lin-Manuel Miranda, who went on to compose the award-winning Broadway musicals "In the Heights" and "Hamilton"— but the most significant may be the rich cultural diversity that surrounded her as she grew up in Jackson Heights.

The meaning of home is a major theme in Dineen's soulful lyrics. And, for her, home is Jackson Heights, where she developed a fascination with the musical traditions of other countries, particularly those in Central and South America.

"I am always trying to write about larger histories, and a larger human condition than just my own," Dineen told Patch. "Maybe growing up around so many ways of life influenced that."

Dineen has performed at festivals across the country, including the Brooklyn Folk Festival, the Caramoor American Roots Music Festival and the Savannah Music Festival. She teaches at the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Brooklyn.

Follow link for full article

Jackson Heights Community Chorus

Enjoy an evening singing-along with the chamber chorus and the audience, a joyful night of famous George Gershwin's songs.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 7:30 pm
Renaissance School Auditorium, 35-59 81st Street
$10 Donation

Community Groups, Activities & Events / Film: 400 Miles to Freedom - 11/24
« on: November 14, 2019, 09:02:45 PM »
Please join us for a film and discussion about racial and ethnic diversity in the Jewish community, through one man's extraordinary personal story. 

12:15 pm on 11/24 at the Free Synagogue of Flushing at Kissena and Sanford in downtown Flushing. Reservations are required.  Please see flyer for details.

Neighborhood Chat / The Jackson Heights economy is thriving
« on: October 25, 2019, 08:02:31 AM »
The Jackson Heights Economy is Thriving, Buoyed By Immigrants: Report
Oct. 24, 2019 By Allie Griffin
Jackson Heights Post

Jackson Heights has outperformed other New York City neighborhoods economically thanks to its large immigrant population, according to a new report released today.

Since the end of the 2009 recession, Jackson Heights has seen an influx of local businesses and employment and the area’s large, vibrant immigrant community is the driving force, according to a report by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The Comptroller’s report is an economic snapshot of the greater Jackson Heights area, including Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and North Corona.

Follow link above for the news article.
Click here for the Comptroller's report and here for the press release.

Community Groups, Activities & Events / Day of the Dead Celebration
« on: October 22, 2019, 10:35:23 PM »
Day of the Dead Celebration 2019

Saturday, October 26th, 10 a.m. - 1p.m.

Gardening Activities & Community Altar Building

Leverich Family Burial Ground
Enter thru alley at 35th Avenue & 71st Street

Learn more about this space at

Join Hibridos Collective and Jackson Heights neighbors in creating a community altar as part of the annual Day of the Dead celebration to honor the lives of the departed.

Bring a photograph of someone that you want to remember through the community altar or an offering, such as bread, sweets, flowers, or incense to share with the community.

Free activities for all ages include gardening, learning to build an altar, and writing poems for the dead in the Mexican tradition, also known as calaveritas.

The Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG) will generously provide gloves and tools for gardening, and hot chocolate and Mexican sweet bread to keep you warm.

Restaurants & Food / La Estancia de la Espiga
« on: October 10, 2019, 10:21:51 PM »
From "Eat the World NYC" blog (thanks to a Twitter tip from Jeff O.), here's an interesting profile of La Estancia de la Espiga on 102nd Street south of Corona Plaza.

The article is focused on the tacos shown in the red "Weekends Only" box on this menu.

Neighborhood Chat / Gorman Playground renovation
« on: September 24, 2019, 08:33:34 PM »
The Gorman Playground, originally the "Jackson Heights Model Playground," is due to get an upgrade, according to reports in and Jackson Heights Post!

There will be a scoping meeting on October 3rd to discuss ideas for the project.

Restaurants & Food / Antojitos Doña Fela cart
« on: September 09, 2019, 09:44:44 PM »
Chopsticks and Marrow likes the picarones (sweet potato and squash donuts) and chicharron con camote (pork belly and sweet potato sandwich) at the Antojitos Doña Fela cart on 90th & Roosevelt!

Restaurants & Food / El Chivito de Oro
« on: August 30, 2019, 08:28:58 AM »
Surprisingly, we've never had a thread dedicated to a longstanding JH favorite, El Chivito de Oro.

Joe DiStefano recently featured a secret menu item there: El Chivito’s Namesake is a Secret Uruguayan Gutbomb

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