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Islamic Center of Jackson Heights to Construct New Mosque

The future mosque (Rendering: Angelo Ng & Anthony Ng, Architects Studio, P.C.)

May 16, 2018 By Tara Law

A Jackson Heights Islamic congregation is planning to demolish its current mosque and replace it with a 3-story house of worship.

The Islamic Center of Jackson Heights, also known as Masjid Abu Huraira, filed permits to demolish its existing 2-story building at 78-04 31st Ave. yesterday. 

The center will demolish the current building, which is a residential-style structure, in order to make way for a more traditional mosque that can accommodate the center’s growing congregation, according to  Nobi Hossain, mosque secretary.

The mosque also filed a demolition permit for a 1-story garage on the property.

The congregation includes many members of the Bangladeshi community. The mosque is near 74th Street in Jackson Heights, which is often referred to as “Little Bangladesh.”

78-04 31st Ave. (Google Maps)

Bangladeshis are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in New York. In 2015, more than 40,000 lived in Queens compared to about 20,000 in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

This growth has played a part in the surge in new congregants–resulting in a shortage of space.

People are often forced to pray outside of the mosque during services due to overcrowding, Hossain said.

“It’s very small,” Hossain said of the current building. “We do not have enough accommodation.”

Many people have also moved to the area to be close to the mosque, Hossain said.

Hossain was not sure when the mosque will be constructed, but that the project is “in process.” 

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George

This style building does NOT fit in to the rest of the neighborhood..I am sure another design can be made to fit the growing needs of the congregation..




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Susan B

No, this is Jackson Heights. Jackson Heights is from Roosevelt north to Astoria Blvd, 69th St east to 94th St. And yes, I lived both in 11370 and 11372 most of my live.




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pat

Daniel LaFave Thank you You got it right. It should be The Islamic Center of East Elmhurst




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