8. Little Colombia in Jackson Heights, Queens
Though Jackson Heights is primarily known as an Indian neighborhood, it is also home to a concentrated Colombian population and several Colombian businesses. Roughly running between 80th to 84th streets and between Roosevelt Avenue and 37th avenue, Little Colombia is a center of Colombian life in Queens, which has the largest Colombian population in the United States.
Though gangs and drug dealers occupied the area in the 1990s, today it is a lively center that celebrates Colombian culture with the sounds of traditional cumbia and salsa music, an “Arepa Lady” food truck, and countless other businesses and restaurants.