FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Council of the City of New York
Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22
March 11, 2019
Contact: Terence Cullen
Constantinides Joins Nepali Community to Unveil Mount Everest Way
This Jackson Heights Intersection Will Serve as a Permanent Tribute to the Community
Jackson Heights, NY — Council Member Costa Constantinides on Saturday joined Nepali dignitaries and community leaders to officially co-name 75th Street and 31st Avenue as “Mount Everest Way” in Jackson Heights. The Nepali-American community now has a permanent tribute to its many contributions to western Queens.
“Queens is a better place thanks to the generations of hardworking, devoted, and giving members of the Nepali community,” said Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22. “It is only right that we give something back: a token of our appreciation for making our community richer. Mount Everest is a fitting metaphor for how strong the Nepalis have been throughout the diaspora, especially here in Jackson Heights.”
The City Council in December approved “Mount Everest Way” in a citywide legislative submission to co-name historically important streets. Constantinides’ request noted about 10,000 Nepalis live in New York City with a high concentration in Jackson Heights. But, it added, the population is possible twice as high as the census estimate.
Constantinides was joined Saturday by Dr. Arjun Kumar Karki, Ambassador of Nepali to the United States; Pushpa Raj Bhattarai, Consul General of Nepal, New York; Ram Hari Adhikari, President of the New York Chapter for NRNA NCC USA; and hundreds of members of the Nepali community.
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Nepali-Americans have significantly increased in numbers as they fled persecution in the 1990s and again in the mid-2000s. In 2011, the New York Daily News declared a “Little Nepal” section of Queens was quickly emerging, as the community established local newspapers such as Vishwa Sandesh and the Everest Times.
Constantinides has supported the Nepali-American community as it establishes itself in western Queens since he took office in 2014. Last year, he convinced the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to provide applications for learner’s permits and other certifications in Nepalese. He’s also coordinated with Elmhurst Hospital executives to provide translation services for Nepali-American citizens in need of help. Nepali community leaders also recently took part in Constantinides’ International Mother Language Day celebration in Jackson Heights.
Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the Chair of the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on the For-Hire Vehicles, Land Use, Parks, and Transportation Committees and the Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.