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The A.V. Club | 'In Jackson Heights' Review

The A.V. Club

Even by the heavily multicultural standards of New York City, Jackson Heights, a neighborhood in the northwest part of Queens, boasts a truly remarkable degree of ethnic diversity. Reportedly, 167 languages are spoken there, though only a few of them are heard and subtitled in Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary, In Jackson Heights. This is another of Wiseman’s occasional docs focusing on a location rather than an institution—previous examples include Belfast, Maine (1999), Aspen (1991), and Central Park (1990)—and there’s little doubt that he was drawn to the neighborhood precisely because it offers such a wealth of disparate nationalities, cultures, and viewpoints.

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