By David Brand
Jackson Heights’ growing population of Nepali immigrants and Nepali-Americans have put their community on the map.
On Saturday, the city will recognize the community’s influence and contributions to the region at an official street co-naming ceremony at 75th Street and 31st Avenue — henceforth known as “Mount Everest Way.”
In December, the City Council approved the street co-naming in Jackson Heights, the hub of the city’s Nepali community. At least 10,000 Nepalis live in New York City and, Mount Everest — the Himalayan giant known in Nepal as Sagarmatha — remains a powerful cultural symbol.
Dr. Arjun Kumar Karki, Nepal’s Ambassador to the United States; Pushpa Raj Bhattarai, Consul General of Nepal in New York; and various other Nepali community leaders will participate in the event along with Councilmember Costa Constantinides.