Kind of a strange report. Reads as if the writer never left his home or office, never spoke to anyone here, or watched how people live and interact here.
I'm surprised by the line in general the buildings seem unwelcoming to outsiders. Everyone has their own taste in architecture but I've never heard it described as unwelcoming. With the front lawns and architectural details, I think lots of people find buildings here friendly looking. I'm amazed by the immigrant families and couples that pause in front of the Greystones when the gardens are in bloom to snap pictures, and I don't think think our building are particularly unusual here.
Instead of reporting on how people actually live here, the author relies on history (which he nails) and Fred Wiseman's movie from a few years back. But that film is not called "This is Jackson Heights," but "In Jackson" and it focuses largely on the immigrant community that lives in JH (and nearby Elmhurst) and to a lesser extent, our gay residents.
Wiseman's story is of people who have often been looked at as outsiders and how they have made their homes here and, in the process, made JH an amazingly mixed place. And when it comes to the immigrant community, Wiseman looks mostly at recent immigrants who are still struggling to adapt to their new home. I don't remember him looking at immigrant contractors or the grownup children of immigrants, or the grandchildren of immigrants, folks who live here as middle-class residents.
That's not a knock on the movie, but a reason why the author needed to have done some shoe-leather reporting before writing the story.