These two letters appear in this week's Time Out New York in response to its "Why Queens?" cover story previously mentioned here:
TONY crosses the river to slum it
Such great heights
TONY's designation of my Jackson Heights neighborhood as a simmering up-and-comer was a bittersweet account. True, the myriad food selections are truly a block-to-block marvel. But your scribe was off-balance when claiming a move here would be a lonely endeavor. In fact, Jackson Heights breathes a homey, small-town community feel despite its international diversity. Neighbors know and care for each other, and welcome the newbies. I'm proud to call this home.
- Alfonso Quiroz, Queens
As someone who moved to Jackson Heights two years ago, I read with interest Daisy Carrington's article about my neighborhood. Though I thought she glossed over some of the great things about JH, such as the prewar co-ops and huge manicured gardens, I did think she hit the nail on the head in one respect: Among the neighborhood's best attractions is that people like the author's friends rarely leave their hipster enclaves to visit it.
- Mike Novak, Queens