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A guided tour of Jackson Heights to take place Sunday

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July 17, 2015 By Michael Florio

The public will have the opportunity to go on a walking tour of Jackson Heights this Sunday.

Kornblit Tours, which offers walking tours of New York City neighborhoods, will host a four-hour tour of Jackson Heights, displaying the diversity of the neighborhood by visiting six restaurants, this Sunday at noon.

The cost of the tour is $59 and it will begin at Diversity Plaza, located on 37th Road, between 73rd and 74th Street.

The tour will stop at six restaurants.

These include: Little Tibet Restaurant (72-19 Roosevelt Ave) for Syabhaley, a Tibetan style empanada; La Pequena Colombia, located at 83-27 Roosevelt Ave, for a chicken dish; Arepa Lady; La Gran Uruguaya Bakery, Delhi Heights; and lastly, Espresso 77 for smoothies and fruit tea.

“We want to highlight the great restaurants and all the diversity the neighborhood has to offer,” said Susan Kornblit, co-owner of Kornblit Tours.

According to the Kornblit Tours website, the tour will look to showcase the diversity of Jackson Heights, which is often referred to as “Little Colombia,” “Little India,” “Little Bangladesh” and “Little Nepal.”

The tour will also showcase the Historic District and will highlight how several celebrities have ties to Jackson Heights including Susan Sarandon, Howard Stern, Lucy Liu, John Leguizamo and Don Rickles.

Adrienne Onofri, who wrote the book “Walking Queens,” put the Jackson Heights tour together.

Onofri was supposed to guide the tour, but was unable to due to personal reasons. Kornblit and her husband, Steven Kornblit, will now guide the tour together.

However, Onofri hopes to make an appearance at one of the food stops.

A dozen people have signed up for the tour so far, but Kornblit is hopeful more will sign up before Sunday.

“We are hopeful at least 15 people will sign up,” she said. “We can accommodate more if there is a lot of interest.”

The tour will go along major streets in the neighborhood including, Roosevelt Ave, 82nd Street, 37th Ave and 35th Ave.

This will be Kornblit Tours first event in Queens.

For more information and to sign up, please click here

 

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