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Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« on: May 22, 2009, 04:53:51 PM »
Hello everyone. I am a freelance photographer residing in Jackson Heights and I have undertook a project on my own called NYC: Then & Now. For you history buffs, I have before & after exact locations throughout NYC. You may view them here: http://photos.dezmix.com/then_now

To view the Jackson Heights portion of that collection, go here: http://photos.dezmix.com/then_now/h371ba0c9#h371ba0c9

Hope you enjoy this series as I had fun exploring and taking them

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2009, 04:55:01 PM »
Hello everyone. I am a freelance photographer residing in Jackson Heights and I have undertook a project on my own called NYC: Then & Now. For you history buffs, I have before & after exact locations throughout NYC. You may view them here: http://photos.dezmix.com/then_now

To view the Jackson Heights portion of that collection, go here: http://photos.dezmix.com/then_now/h371ba0c9#h371ba0c9

Hope you enjoy this series as I had fun exploring and taking them

Dez, at what time did you take those 2009 pictures of 37 Ave. and 82nd. st.? Because I have been there recently and it is very crowded, not like you show in the pictures. Did the police chase away everyone for you to take the pictures? And if you are living there, are you a new resident, or did you grow up there? And since you have seen  pictures of what  Jackson Heights was years ago, what is your opinion about what Jackson Heights is today?

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2009, 09:58:59 PM »
Dez, at what time did you take those 2009 pictures of 37 Ave. and 82nd. st.? Because I have been there recently and it is very crowded, not like you show in the pictures. Did the police chase away everyone for you to take the pictures? And if you are living there, are you a new resident, or did you grow up there? And since you have seen  pictures of what  Jackson Heights was years ago, what is your opinion about what Jackson Heights is today?

I took that photo at around 9am or so. No, the police weren't involved.

Yes, I am a resident and have been living in Jackson Heights since 2001. I used to live in Woodside.

Jackson Heights today is very nice from 35th Avenue to Northern Blvd, in the historic district. It's middle class and the apartments are huge. I'd recommend living here if that's what you're asking.

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009, 02:18:27 PM »
I took that photo at around 9am or so. No, the police weren't involved.

Yes, I am a resident and have been living in Jackson Heights since 2001. I used to live in Woodside.

Jackson Heights today is very nice from 35th Avenue to Northern Blvd, in the historic district. It's middle class and the apartments are huge. I'd recommend living here if that's what you're asking.

Dez, I moved out of JH in the 80's. To tell you the truth, I  did not go around 35th Ave.  I only went as far as 37th. Ave. When I lived there I didn't have a car. I used to work in Manhattan, and I lived on 72nd. St. Between 41st. Avenue, and Woodside. I used to walk to 82nd. St. and shop at Fields, and the Boutiques on 82nd. And I used to walk to the train a couple of blocks to go to work. This is all I know about JH. And I used to go to the restaurants on Roosevelt Ave. and 82nd.St. I used to love that neighborhood, to me, working in Manhattan all week long, going there after a day's work, and on week-ends, it was like going to a suburb. but we noticed that the neighborhood started to change, and got out. 35th. Ave is already far away from the trains isn't it? What kind of public transportation do you have there? Honestly, I have been keeping an eye on the neighborhood hoping it will change. The problem right now is that I will be afraid to take the trains, or walk by myself on the streets. I wouldn't feel safe, probably because I am a woman I know I have to watch out where I live, I cannot have my husband with me all the time. What I have seen in the trains is very different now than what it used to be. There are a lot of people living there who no one knows who they are.

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2009, 02:40:05 PM »
Dez, I moved out of JH in the 80's. To tell you the truth, I  did not go around 35th Ave.  I only went as far as 37th. Ave. When I lived there I didn't have a car. I used to work in Manhattan, and I lived on 72nd. St. Between 41st. Avenue, and Woodside. I used to walk to 82nd. St. and shop at Fields, and the Boutiques on 82nd. And I used to walk to the train a couple of blocks to go to work. This is all I know about JH. And I used to go to the restaurants on Roosevelt Ave. and 82nd.St. I used to love that neighborhood, to me, working in Manhattan all week long, going there after a day's work, and on week-ends, it was like going to a suburb. but we noticed that the neighborhood started to change, and got out. 35th. Ave is already far away from the trains isn't it? What kind of public transportation do you have there? Honestly, I have been keeping an eye on the neighborhood hoping it will change. The problem right now is that I will be afraid to take the trains, or walk by myself on the streets. I wouldn't feel safe, probably because I am a woman I know I have to watch out where I live, I cannot have my husband with me all the time. What I have seen in the trains is very different now than what it used to be. There are a lot of people living there who no one knows who they are.

35th Avenue is 1 block North of 37th Avenue. It's a very residential, safe and middle class area. 37th Avenue is populated with storefronts, restaurants...etc.

The area you used to live in is dense and too populated for my taste. If you Google Map 35th Avenue or 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights and select "Street View", you'll see the type of area it is. It's pretty safe here day and night but at night, like anywhere else, you should keep your guard up and be aware of your surroundings.

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2009, 06:01:41 PM »
35th Avenue is 1 block North of 37th Avenue. It's a very residential, safe and middle class area. 37th Avenue is populated with storefronts, restaurants...etc.

The area you used to live in is dense and too populated for my taste. If you Google Map 35th Avenue or 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights and select "Street View", you'll see the type of area it is. It's pretty safe here day and night but at night, like anywhere else, you should keep your guard up and be aware of your surroundings.

Youa re right Dez, even in suberbs a woman alone walking the streets is taking a chance. During the day, in a very exclusive neighborhood a friend of mine was parked on her drive way taking her groceries out of the car, she put her hand-bag on top of the hood of the car, and a man came from nowhere and took it. This is a neighborhood where you don't see a soul in the streets. Yes, things can happen anywhere. For me what is important is to have the public transportation close, I don't like to have to drive to work, specially to Manhattan where parking is so expensive. What kind of transportation you take from 35th Ave. to Manhattan?

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2009, 06:04:53 PM »
Youa re right Dez, even in suberbs a woman alone walking the streets is taking a chance. During the day, in a very exclusive neighborhood a friend of mine was parked on her drive way taking her groceries out of the car, she put her hand-bag on top of the hood of the car, and a man came from nowhere and took it. This is a neighborhood where you don't see a soul in the streets. Yes, things can happen anywhere. For me what is important is to have the public transportation close, I don't like to have to drive to work, specially to Manhattan where parking is so expensive. What kind of transportation you take from 35th Ave. to Manhattan?

You walk to Roosevelt Avenue and catch the 7 train, or take any of the cross-town buses on 37th Avenue, Roosevelt Aveune or Northern Blvd.

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2010, 05:17:34 PM »
Can't believe more aren't interested in this  :-X

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2010, 04:39:32 PM »
If you had photos of JH from the 60's to the early 80's , i think more people would have responded

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2010, 09:56:41 PM »
Dez,

Sorry I didn't write in earlier, but I think your Then & Now pictures are fascinating.  I think I browsed through the entire collection.  Thanks for posting the link here.

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2010, 12:15:50 PM »
these are very enjoyable
i have a jh postcard collection so it was nice to see more old views that i had not come in contact with before ....thanks!
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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2010, 12:57:02 PM »
Great pics, thanks for sharing! I especially enjoyed the then & now effect.

And I love 35th Avenue. It's part of the quiet zone and just 1 block to all the shops. Perfect!
I also channel Gladys Gilbert!

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Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2010, 05:35:37 PM »
I just found your collection too, else I'd have written in sooner.  It is great!

Look at the line in 1980 ... wonder if I was in it!
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