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Old 10-04-2011, 06:06 PM
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I'm a single professional in my early 30's looking to move to Queens in the next couple of months. It may sound strange, but the main criteria is that I'm in a Colombian community. Guess I'm in love with the culture, the people and the music. Everyone says Jackson Heights, but from my research, they're being pushed out by South Asians as well as other Hispanics. Where are the SPECIFIC Colombian areas within Jackson Heights?

Any other suggested neighborhoods based on these criteria?

-Need good access to the subway to Manhattan! So East Elmhurst is out. NJ is out too since I want to be in NYC.
-$1400 for 1 bedroom or $2000 for 2 bedrooms.
-Quietish streets, not crazy traffic and sirens at 3am (like Broadway in Astoria).
- Walking distance to lots of cafes if possible.

Lived in Astoria before (Broadway & Steinway), seemed like the Latinos were more Mexicans than Colombians.
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:47 PM
Location: Bronx, NY
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A lot of Colombians have left NYC on their own over the years. Quite a few went back to Colombia others moved to Jersey, Georgia and Florida. I wouldnt really say they were pushed out.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:27 PM
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The Colombians are more in the east part of Jackson Heights. If you go to 74th St. (west part) you will see Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalese, etc. But that's because that's the South Asian area and not the South American area. I have no idea who told you the Colombians are being pushed out. If they are, they are being pushed out by other Spanish speakers, because when I walk around 37th Ave from 80th St. up to Junction Blvd, I hear a significant amount of Spanish. Same goes for Roosevelt Ave. in the 80s and 90s streets.

Go to some of the Colombian restaurants and businesses in the 80s streets and ask around.


edited to add that you should also check out Northern Blvd as I'm pretty sure there are lots of Colombians there as well.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:51 PM
Location: Nicaragua
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I grew up in Jackson Heights and from as far back as I can remember (80's) the Colombian presence all over Jackson Heights has been huge. The 74th street area is pretty unique in that that's where the majority of the South Asian businesses are concentrated. Colombians are not being pushed out, in the past few months I have seen 3 new Colombian owned businesses open up in Jackson Heights. Also in East Elmhurst, some new Colombian businesses there as well (along 31st ave). For the longest time there, the main Hispanic population has been Dominican.

Northern Blvd. (80's-90') has a lot of good restaurants/clubs also El Cafetal on 90th & 31st Ave is a great Colombian spot for salsa.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:10 PM
Location: Bronx, NY
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Jackson Heights/ East Elmhurst

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Old 10-05-2011, 10:53 PM
Location: Astoria, Queens, you know the scene
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Jamaica Ave near Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:34 AM
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The OP is right in that many Colombians have left the areas of Jackson Heights that were traditionally Colombian and which, in fact, used to be known as Little Colombia. Roosevelt and 37th avenues above 75th street all the way to the high 80s used to be heavily Colombian until the early 2000s. Roosevelt Ave. is now mostly Mexican and Ecuadorean. 37th Avenue still has many Colombian businesses; but they're slowly beign replaced by other businesses catering to the neighborhood newcomers. The area still has quite a few Colombians but there's no question that the number is decreasing rather than increasing.

In the last 10 years, many Colombian businesses have opened along Northern Boulevard above 75th street. That area has a heavier Colombian flavor than it used to in the past.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:59 PM
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"It may sound strange"

Not when you see those Colombian ladies. I can totally understand wanting to live around Colombian ladies.
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:56 AM
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Thanks for your help everyone. I'll start my search in the 75-85 streets btw Northern Blvd and Roosevelt. Don't want to stray too far from the subway.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:24 PM
Location: Glendale NY
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Woodhaven in Queens has a lot of Columbians, and so does Jackson Heights and Corona.
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