Jackson Heights does not have any "official" boundaries. It is not a city, state, or federal geographic entity and has no formal government. There are many opinions as the neighborhood's borders.
The Several Jackson Heights'
The Jackson Heights neighborhood's origin stems from a real estate development venture led by Edward A. MacDougall in the early part of the 20th century. 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 USPS.)
With a slight 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, is home to the the North Ridge and South Ridge coops, and several thousand single family residences.
Greater Jackson Heights
In 2015 DNAinfo.com asked city residents to draw their own neighborhood borders, see Draw Where You Think Your Neighborhood Borders Are. (See Map 4 DNAinfo.) For the most part the JacksonHeights.nyc Initiative uses the expansive borders selected by the DNAinfo project, referring to the area as Greater Jackson Heights. (See Map 5. Greater Jackson Heights.) But we also invite pages on nearby events, issues, organizations, people, places, etc. to be listed as well, with "nearby" meaning an undefined easy walk, stones throw, or shouting distance.