Historic Sites

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There are several historic sites in Jackson Heights.

City Historic District[edit]

One third of Jackson Heights — a rough rectangular section stretching from 76th Street to 88th Street and from Roosevelt Avenue to Northern Boulevard (see map) — was designated as a New York City Historic District by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on October 19, 1993. The Jackson Heights Historic District includes 2,203 contributing buildings, 19 contributing sites, and three contributing objects. Among the landmarked buildings, over 200 original Queensboro Corporation buildings still exist.

City Historic District

Map Showing 2011 Proposed Historic District Extension[edit]

The borders of the proposed expanded district fit within those of the National Historic District as shown below. Proposed historic district extension 1.png

National Historic District[edit]

The Jackson Heights neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Inclusive of the city historic district, it comprises large apartment buildings with private communal gardens, as well as many groupings of private homes and many stores on the streets north of Roosevelt Avenue. Unlike the city designation, the national does not offer aesthetic protections.

National Historic District

Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building[edit]

The Jackson Heights Post Office on 37th Avenue, between 778th and 79th Streets is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is within the city historic district. In 2016 the building was renamed the Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building, in tribute to the couple whose openly gay son, Morty, was beaten while distributing fliers at a political gathering in New York City in April 1972.

Leverich Cemetery[edit]

The Leverich Cemetery, more formally known as the Leverich Family Burial Ground, was situated on Train's Meadow Road, in what was then known as the Train's Meadow section of Newtown. The cemetery is over 300 years old. The Burial Ground was across from the family homestead which stood during the 17th-19th centuries on a plot with the contemporary location at the southeast corner 35th Road at 70th Street. The home burned down in 1909.

The contemporary location of the burial ground is a rectangular plot of land located immediately behind the rear yards of several private residences that face on Leverich Street, and on the other side immediately behind a parking lot behind several apartment buildings that face on 35th Avenue at the intersection of 71st Street. There is no public access. This location is on the western edge of what is now known as the Jackson Heights neighborhood, just east of Woodside. It lies within the western boundary of the Jackson Heights Garden City Historic Register District which is listed on both the Federal and New York State Registers of Historic Places.

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