NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Six months ago, Chiquito Liquor Store opened at the corner of Northern Boulevard and 101st Street in Queens, fulfilling Elvis Espinal's dream of owning a business in Jackson Heights. Espinal says it is one of the best neighborhoods in Queens.
The store is one of several new businesses along Northern Boulevard, highlighting an economic investment that longtime Jackson Heights residents. Many point out that the influx of new stores further highlights a diverse neighborhood that continues to evolve.
Terry Lewis and Celeste Douglas are excited about new places to grocery shop or have dinner but Celeste admitted she does have some concerns about rising rents potentially pushing out residents and small businesses.
Metro Auto Body has been on Northern Boulevard for almost 60 years. Workers have seen Jackson Heights' ebb and flow through the decades. Manager Jay Reed says they do like what they're seeing now.