The Richmond Hill area of New York is 15 miles from downtown Manhattan. Leferts Boulevard is the last railway station in the area. Walking on the streets here, English is heard less and Punjabi is heard more. Rapid Punjabi rap songs are heard by the sound of trains. Feel like you are roaming the streets of Ludhiana? But in reality, it is one of the five towns in New York, Queens. It is known as Chhota Punjab.
This area of Richmond Hill is completely dominated by Punjabi culture, dialect, and living. In this area full of Punjabi people, people come to enjoy the real Punjabi paratha. Such people will be found on the streets with whom it is easier to talk in Punjabi or Hindi than in English. Haircuts in Shah Rukh and Salman Khan style hair salons cost $ 10.
The area has also become famous throughout New York because the mayor has changed the name of the two streets here to the Punjabi community. New York City Council has named 101 Avenue between 111 Street and 123 Street as Punjabi Avenue. Also, 97 Avenue has been renamed Gurdwara Street. This is the same area where there is a big gurudwara.
Adrian Adams, a local councilwoman who campaigns for the name change, says the decision reflects her contribution to the development of the city by the Punjabi community. 28-year-old Tejinder Singh, who runs the dhaba, says that he came to Richmond Hills in the 90s. The Punjabi community started coming here in the 70s.