Must-See Jackson Heights

by Jessica Allen, 09/19/2014

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  • Green Spaces
    Travers Park
    34th Avenue (bet. 77th and 78th Streets), 212-NEW–YORK
    Manuel de Dios Unanue Triangle
    Roosevelt and Baxter Avenues, 212-NEW-YORK
    St. Mark's Episcopal Church
    33-50 82nd St., 718-639-8893
    Travers Park, the neighborhood's largest outdoor recreational space, features basketball courts, handball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, spray showers, benches, trees and many, many happy children. A few years ago, 78th Street adjacent to Travers Park was designated as a permanent car-free zone. Pick-up games of soccer and kickball take place around the planters and picnic tables. And this expansion will continue: the City plans to create even more green space on 79th Street. While Travers Park was named for prominent community and political leader Thomas J. Travers, the tiny Manuel De Dios Unanue Triangle honors a Queens journalist assassinated for his investigations into, and outspoken critique of, the drug trade. Located where Roosevelt meets Baxter Avenue and 83rd Street, this park has several shady spots at which to enjoy whatever you buy from the avenue's food carts and trucks. One of the loveliest resting spots in Jackson Heights is the garden surrounding St. Mark's Episcopal Church, particularly when the cherry blossoms are in full flower. 

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