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  • Reflective of the tremendous diversity of the neighborhood, actors Lucy Liu, John Leguizamo, Susan Sarandon, and Kevin Dobson grew up in Jackson Heights, as did comedian Don Rickles, writer/director Peter Hoffman, radio talk show host Howard Stern, and film critic Jami Bernard.
  • Scrabble was invented by resident Alfred Moshe Butts in 1938, and perfected at Community Methodist Church. (A commemorative street sign at the corner of 35th Ave and 81st St, where the church still stands, was erected by the city in 2004.)
  • Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt lived in Jackson Heights for many years.
  • Major portions of the Academy Award nominated1 film 'Maria Full of Grace' (2004) were filmed on location in Jackson Heights. Minor portions of the movie Random Hearts (1999) was filmed in Jackson Heights on 35th avenue between 76th and 77th street.
  • Much of the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Wrong Man, takes place within a few blocks of the intersection of Broadway and 74th Street. The former Victor Moore Arcade and the connecting subway station, were prominently featured in the movie. The arcade was demolished and rebuilt from 1998 to 2005 and is now known as the Victor A. Moore Bus Terminal. It was named after Jackson Heights resident, Victor Moore, who was a famous Broadway and film actor from the era of silent film to the 1950's.
  • Travers Park has a dedicated corps of neighborhood overseers who plant greenery and flowers, help clean, and also arrange for a summer concert series on Sunday afternoons in July and August.
  • Jackson Heights was an important place during the Great American Boycott of 2006. On that day, 37th avenue between 83rd and 79th street was filled with protesters cheering "si se puede!".
  • Colombian broadcaster RCN has its American headquarters there.
  • Jackson Heights is mentioned in the Del Amitri song "Surface of the Moon", from the Change Everything album. "From the well swept streets of Jackson Heights to the dockside drudgery". Jackson Heights was also mentioned in the opening song to the 1960s television show "Car 54 Where Are You?" ...There's a holdup in the Bronx, Brooklyn's broken out in fights, there's a traffic jam in Harlem that's backed up to Jackson Heights..." Given the geography, that would be a very long traffic jam.
  • There is also a Jackson Heights in the popular racing game Need For Speed: Underground 2.
  • American short story writers Sandra Cisneros and Michael Gonsalves lived in Jackson Heights for most of their formative years.
  • Jackson Heights is the site of the annual Queens Gay Pride Parade, which is held on 37th Avenue, (a lavender line is painted down the center of the avenue for the event,) on the first Sunday in June of every year. There is a street festival held on 37th Road, off Roosevelt Avenue, following the parade and lasts all day.
  • Jackson Heights is the home of Betty Suarez in the American "dramedy" Ugly Betty.


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