A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 27, 2009
Jaikishan Heights (Jackson Heights)

Jackson, Heights, Queens, has been called “Little India” since at least 1985 for its many Indian businesses at 74th Street area (between Roosevelt Avenue and 37th Avenue). Jackson Heights has also been dubbed “Jaikishan Heights” since at least 1993. ("Jaikrishna" means “trumph of Krishna.")


Wikipedia: Jackson Heights, Queens
Jackson Heights is a neighborhood in the northwestern portion of the borough of Queens in New York City, USA. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 3. The zip code of Jackson Heights is 11372.

About.com: Queens, NY
A Tour of Jackson Heights, A South Asian Neighborhood
Overview of Little India
By John Roleke, About.com
The great borough of Queens is known for its polyglot ethnic neighborhoods. Often it seems that every immigrant group in Queens has at least one representative on a single block. But the Little India section of the Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights is different.

Seventy-fourth Street between Roosevelt Avenue and 37th Avenue and the surrounding blocks are the heart of a South Asian neighborhood. Indians, Bangladeshis, and Pakistanis call this area home, and come here to shop and eat.

Baby Names World
Origin and Meaning of the Name Jaikrishna
Gender: Boy
Origin: Sanskrit
Meaning: Triumph of Krishna
Pronunciation: (jai KREESH na)
Form of: Itself (Jaikrishna)

Google Groups: soc.culture.indian
Newsgroups: soc.culture.indian
From: (Subbarao Kambhampati)
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1993 05:59:05 GMT
Local: Fri, Jul 2 1993 12:59 am
Subject: Inquiry re: (south) indian eating joints in Manhattan

I know that jaikishan heights neighborhood in brooklyn has a lot of indian eating places, but I may not have the time to get there.

The Times of India
Aloo kofta vs Campbell’s soup
INDIASPORA/CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
18 January 2004, 12:00am IST
(...)
There are times he can even forget that he is in a different country. Little Indias are sprouting all over the United States. There are parts of Chicago (Devon Street), Los Angeles (Artesia) and New York (Jackson Heights, jokingly referred to as Jaikishan Heights), that look, smell and sound like Karol Bagh or Flora Fountain.

The Times of India
Mona Darling’s dinner party
INDIASPORA/CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
13 March 2004, 11:50pm IST
Greetings from Tronto, Kanay-da, which is Punglish — Punjabi English, for the uninitiated — for Toronto, Canada. When you think of desi enclaves around the world, you might recall New York’s Jackson Heights (aka Jaikishan Heights), London’s Southhall, or Los Angeles’ Artesia.

The Times of India
Halal beats dosa in New York food fight
Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN
29 October 2006, 01:24am IST
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Pakistani immigrant Sami-ul Noor, who operates his Sammy’s Halal Cart in Queens Jackson Heights (nicknamed Jaikishan Heights for its desiness), rolled into the semifinals with a reputation of serving the hottest chicken in town — so spicy that the hosts warned that potential consumers it would explode in their mouth and open their sinuses.

New York (NY) Times - Idea of the Day Blog
January 1, 2009, 12:09 pm
South Asian Amity — in New York
Culture | Can’t Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis all get along? Sure: in Jackson Heights, Queens.
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COMMENTS
January 1, 2009
7:24 pm
A friend of mine told me that Jackson Heights is Jaikishan Heights in reference to Lord Krishna.
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— T. Patel

Lassi with Lavina
Jai Ram, It’s Jaikishan Heights!
By Lavina Melwani • Jun 20th, 2009 • Category: Travel
Like a teeming, magical souk from the Arabian nights tales, it has everything from precious stones to rich silks to aromatic spices. If you’re craving for a paan or a kesar kulfi – and you’re a continent away from India, this is the place you’ll find it. If you’re looking for an ornate bridal lengha or a traditional gold wedding necklace in the heart of New York, well, have no fear – Jackson Heights is near!

Fondly nicknamed Jaikishan Heights, this gritty Little India has been the salvation of new immigrants for decades, bringing them a sweet piece of their lost homeland. It is here that they find the remembered tastes and sounds that make them feel whole again.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Thursday, August 27, 2009 • Permalink