Immigrant Crossroads

Globalization, Incorporation, and Placemaking in Queens, New York

Edited by Tarry Hum, Ron Hayduk, Francois Pierre-Louis Jr., and Michael Alan Krasner
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Publication: Jan 21

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392 pages
6 x 9
25 tables, 10 figs., 8 halftones, 4 maps

Highlights immigrant engagement in urban development, policy, and social movements

Read the Introduction (pdf).


Nearly half the 2.3 million residents of Queens, New York are foreign-born. Immigrants in Queens hail from more than 120 countries and speak more than 135 languages. As an epicenter of immigrant diversity, Queens is an urban gateway that exemplifies opportunities and challenges in shaping a multi-racial democracy.

The editors and contributors to Immigrant Crossroads examine the social, spatial, economic, and political dynamics that stem from this fast-growing urbanization. The interdisciplinary chapters examine residential patterns and neighborhood identities, immigrant incorporation and mobilizations, and community building and activism.

Essays combine qualitative and quantitative research methods to address globalization and the unprecedented racial and ethnic diversity as a result of international migration. Chapters on incorporation focus on immigrant participation and representation in electoral politics, and advocacy for immigrant inclusion in urban governance and service provision. A section of Immigrant Crossroads concerns placemaking, focusing on the production of neighborhood spaces and identities as well as immigrant activism and community development and control.

Based on engaged and robust analysis, Immigrant Crossroads highlights the dynamics of this urban gateway.

Contributors: Sofya Aptekar, Nazreen S. Bacchus, Sayu Bhojwani, Donovan Finn, Diana Tamashiro Folla, Kristen Hackett, David Dyssegaard Kallick, Arun Peter Lobo, Arianna Martinez, Lynn McCormick, Christopher Michael, Joseph J. Salvo, Alice Sardell, Samuel Stein, and the editors


" (T)his book represents an important contribution to the limited literature on how immigrants are changing the face of America’s cities."
Journal of Urban Affairs

" This comprehensive edited volume is a timely and welcome addition to scholarly discussions about immigration-generated diversity in contemporary urban settings. It offers important food for thought for those interested in immigration studies, urban sociology and anthropology, social movements and multi-racial coalition building, urban planning and development, and labour studies.... The volume’s breadth of topics, inclusion of both qualitative and quantitative research, accessible prose, and helpful tables, graphs, and pictures make it highly recommended."

"The book is a data-rich exploration of New York City’s Queens borough.... (T)here are equally vibrant descriptions, historical narratives and organizing stories throughout that bring the borough to life.... By featuring Queens and immigrant communities in such detail, the book becomes a useful tool to understand the place, and for comparison and inspiration rather than a blueprint for how development should happen elsewhere."
Progressive City

The editors of and contributors to Immigrant Crossroads have done us all a huge favor by putting together this excellent and comprehensive book on the most interesting county in the United States. With chapters covering demographics, party politics, health access, community organizing, and much more, the breadth of this work is impressive. Importantly, all of the chapters locate Queens in much larger frameworks, and therefore the book is not just about Queens but about the forces shaping how all urban places and spaces are constructed in a globalizing world.”—James DeFilippis, Professor of Urban Planning at Rutgers University

A book dedicated to Queens is long overdue, and like the borough itself, this rich, edited volume is hyperdiverse. It not only gives readers a sense of dramatic demographic changes in the borough over the past few decades but also shows the financialization of our real estate landscape and the ways in which new and second-generation immigrants have both perpetuated and resisted established models of political incorporation and machine politics. Immigrant Crossroads illustrates how Queens defies facile platitudes and instead embodies key contradictions of American policy. The borough is thriving not because of but despite American neoliberal economic policies, and in today's political landscape, electing racially and ethnically diverse politicians to office is no guarantee of substantive representation. This book thus shows how Queens’ most significant dynamics and current tensions are a distillation and microcosm of issues we should consider and confront nationwide.”—Celina Su, Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies at City University of New York Graduate Center and Brooklyn College

"Immigrant Crossroads uses the fascinating case of Queens to make a tremendous contribution to the understanding of hyper-diversity in contemporary urban settings. It raises critical questions in the immediate aftermath of the Trump era. This place-bound research demonstrates that the Queens example teaches us much about the potential of, and challenges to, developing grassroots influence in the West and Global North."

Table of Contents

Preface / Ron Hayduk, Francois Pierre-Louis Jr., and Michael Alan Krasner

Introduction: Immigrant Crossroads / Tarry Hum

Part I: Globalization
1. Queens Neighborhoods: From European Strongholds to Global Microcosms / Joseph J. Salvo and Arun Peter Lobo
2. The Queens Economy: Where Global Meets Local / David Dyssegaard Kallick
3. The Restructuring of Manufacturing in Queens and Its Impact on Immigrant Workers / Lynn McCormick
4. Employee Ownership as an Immigrant Workforce Strategy / Christopher Michael

Part II: Incorporation
5. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): On Reaching Queens’ Diverse and Eligible Immigrant Populations / Arianna Martinez
6. Advocacy for Immigrant Health: Language Access in New York Pharmacies / Alice Sardell
7. The More Things Change . . . : Machine Politics in Queens / Michael Alan Krasner and Ron Hayduk
8. The New Machine: Nonprofits and South Asian Political Incorporation / Sayu Bhojwani
9. How Would You Spend a Million Dollars? Immigrant Engagement in Participatory Budgeting / Ron Hayduk, Diana Tamashiro Folla, and Kristen Hackett

Part III: Placemaking
10. Placemaking and Public Space in Hyperdiverse Astoria / Sofya Aptekar
11. Flushing Meadows Land Grab: The Battle for the Heart of a Borough / Donovan Finn
12. The Politics of a “New Deal” for Roosevelt Avenue: Business Improvement Districts, Placemaking, and Community Resistance / Samuel Stein and Tarry Hum
13. Coalition Building in the Making of the Haitian Community in Queens: A Case Study of the Haitian American United for Progress / Francois Pierre-Louis Jr.
14. American Muslims: The Queens Experience / Nazreen S. Bacchus


About the Author(s)

Tarry Hum is Chair of the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College and a member of the Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood: Brooklyn’s Sunset Park (Temple).

Ron Hayduk is a Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, author of Democracy for All, Gatekeepers to the Franchise, and coeditor of From Act Up to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization and Democracy’s Moment.

Francois Pierre-Louis Jr. is a Professor of Political Science at Queens College, City University of New York. He is the author of Haitians in New York City: Transnationalism and Hometown Associations.

Michael Alan Krasner is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Queens College, City University of New York, and codirector of the Taft Institute for Government and Civic Education. He is the coauthor of American Government: Structure and Process, Second Edition (with Stephen Chaberski) and the author of Going for It: How to Organize a Grassroots Campaign and Win and Immigrant New Yorkers: Use the Power of Your Vote!