On a sunny Friday in March, Esther and Mario Van Houton from The Netherlands visited Jackson Heights in Queens. Councilman Daniel Dromm was their Greeter for a Day. Joining them was Greeter Sam Weiss.
The Councilman could not have been more knowledgeable or passionate about his district neighborhoods, which include Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, LeFrak City, Corona, Rego Park, and Woodside. For this walk he focused on Jackson Heights with its lively shopping area, where it seemed each store had a different nationality.
He explained the community is 68% immigrant – with people from South Asia such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and from South America such as Colombia, Argentina, and Peru. “You can visit many countries here in one subway ride,” the Councilman said with pride.
He also shared some personal information: he is the first openly gay elected official from the borough. He started a Gay Pride Parade that takes place every June. He also pointed out that Queens was influential in getting the gay marriage law passed. [Read more…]