Jackson Heights and other city neighborhoods don't have "official" boundaries. They are not a city, state, or federal geographic entity and have no formal government structures. One way to think about a neighborhood name is that it's like a family name: Tribeca residents hold snooty rights over denizens of East New York, and have the rent receipts to prove it.
The Several Visions of Jackson Heights
The Jackson Heights neighborhood's origin stems from an early 20th century real estate development venture led by Edward A. MacDougall. Today MacDougall's dream exists within a city designated Historic District with distinct boundaries. (See Map 1. City Historic District).
When an initiative to recognize the special features of the MacDougall development was undertaken in the 1980s, some thought the selected area was too narrow, and that MacDougall's larger vision should be recognized. This effort led to the designation of a broader Jackson Heights National Historic District. (See Map 2. National Historic District.)
Still others believe Jackson Heights should be defined by the delivery area used by the United States Postal Service. (See Map. 3 Jackson Heights Post Office Delivery Zone 11372.)
With a small exception for the Post Office delivery zone, none of these take in any land north of Northern Boulevard, an area that once held Holmes Airport, the city's first commercial airport, and today is home to the Jackson Heights Shopping Center, the North Ridge and South Ridge coops, and several thousand single family residences.
Greater Jackson Heights
In 2015 the now defunct media firm DNAinfo.com asked city residents to draw what they imagined to be their neighborhood's borders, see Draw Where You Think Your Neighborhood Borders Are. For the most part, the JacksonHeights.nyc Initiative uses the expansive borders identified by the DNAinfo project - see Map 4, DNAinfo Consensus below. We refer to the area as Greater Jackson Heights - see Map 5.
We also invite the creation of pages on events, issues, organizations, people, places, etc., are "nearby" with nearby meaning an easy walk or shouting distance.
Greater Jackson Heights on Open Street Map
The below is an interactive map of Greater Jackson Heights created using Open Street Map.