The largest of the five boroughs composing New York City, Queens is located on the far eastern part of the city and part of Long Island. Considered an air travel center, Queens houses two of the three major airports: JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.
Joining NYC in 1897, Queens was allegedly named after the Queen’s Consort, Catherine of Braganza who later married King Charles II of England. Queens hosts the Citi Building, the largest NYC building outside Manhattan on the eastern waterfront, and in Long Island. Home to several business districts and housing developments, Queens gifts residents, workers, and visitors a full array of opportunities.
Residents enjoy comfortable, affordable housing in diversified neighborhoods in a full array of housing options. The cost of living in Queens runs in tandem with most wage indexes, easing rent or lease concerns, and mortgage opportunities on real estate purchases are abundant.
Progression and Vitalization
The diverse population base in Queens provides cultural, economic, and entertainment diversity to Queens:
- Caucasian Americans compose approximately 46.1% of the population.
- Black Americans compose 18.8% of Queen’s population.
- Asian Americansmade up 22% of the population base.
- Hispanic Americansmade up 26.9% of Queen’s population.
The base triad of Queens economy comprises tourism, trade, and industry. Its airspace is among the most crowded and most tightly regulated due to the dual major airports within the borough and the third nearby.
Such renown businesses base their operations in Queens, including Bulova, Steinway & Sons, JetBlue Airways, and Glaceau, the vitamin water manufacturer.
Long Island City is a growing back office and manufacturing area in Queens, and Flushing is a major Chinese American- and Korean American-owned business commercial hub.
Sports fans find in Queens a plethora of activities:
- US Open Tennis: This annual Grand Slam tournament is played in August and September and draws millions of tennis fans and sports stars to play, attend, and view on TV every year. Housed in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the US Open is one of the world’s most prestigious tennis events.
- Aqueduct Racetrack: Thoroughbred racing thrills fans during racing seasons in the Ozone Park neighborhood in Queens. One continuous meeting runs in Ozone Park, running from the last Wednesday in October through the last Sunday in May.
- Kaufman Astoria Studios: The famous television studio creates such familiar favorites as Sesame Street, Law & Order, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, and several others.
- Silvercup Studios: Located in Long Island City in Queens, the film media studio saw filming of Highlander, Garbo Talks, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and Ugly Betty among many others, in addition to prior commercials and videos.
- Additional Attractions include museums, parks, theaters, shops, and boardwalk engagements.
Queens grants peaceful vistas and relaxed environments for those who choose to live and work in this New York City borough. Extensive public transportation options supplement travel to attractions and events within and without this largest borough of New York City.