Student Exhibition at Bronx River Art Center

Jackson Heights is known as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in NYC and in the nation. It is home to Bangladeshi, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Peruvian and Uruguayan communities just to name a few. The neighborhood also has a vibrant gay community which organizes an annual gay pride parade.

Despite our melting pot reputation, we are not an integrated community. Summertime parades are an opportunity to interact and recognize that diversity encompasses more than ethnicity. In these images, a dancer revels proudly in the 20th year anniversary pride parade and a vendor sells clothing along the commercial hub of 74th Street.