The New York Mets, LaGuardia Airport, jazz and hip-hop, and good ol’ New York pizza. There’s no other place where you can experience and see all of these first-hand but in Queens, New York.
Among New York State’s five boroughs, Queens is the largest in terms of land area and second-largest in the state (first is Brooklyn) in terms of population. Queens provides a dazzling array of color and drama, thanks to the sheer diversity of its residents and the richness of its culture. Imagine having close to a hundred nationalities living in 108.1 square miles of space – this is the true embodiment of a global community.
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Queens first became a Dutch/English colony when the first settlers came to the New World. Prior to this, the area was home to the Native American Lenapes.
After signing the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance, the area came under English rule and became known as Queens County. It remained under the British flag despite the onslaught of the Civil War. It was officially proclaimed as a borough under New York in 1898.
Initially an agricultural community in the 1800s, Queens came to life with the construction of roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure. The new railway system and the mass production of automobiles brought a spike in the population between 1920 and 1930. With the holding of the 1939 New York World Fair in Queens, there was no turning back for progress. Two airports were opened in the area and soon enough, Queens became a portal to the rest of the world.
The John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport are both situated in Queens. These are among the busiest and largest airports in the country. For JFK Airport alone, close to 60 million travelers shuttled to and from its terminals in 2017.
Queens is also the epicenter of two major sports – tennis and baseball. Citi Field in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is home to major league rock stars, the New York Mets. Apart from catching amazing ballgames here, you can also grab a bite of some of the best ballpark food in America. South of Citi Field is the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center which hosts the US Open tennis tournament.
Queens also allows for sun, sand, and fun. Rockaway Beach has a lively boardwalk decked with artisanal vendors and cozy waterfront restaurants. Other beaches here include Fort Tilden Beach, Jacob Riis Beach, and the less-crowded Breezy Point Tip.
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park itself is a crowd drawer due to the larger-than-life remnants of the New York World’s Fairs that are found here. These are the iconic Unisphere and the UFO-shaped New York State Pavilion which have both graced many an Instagram selfie.
Queens shines in the aspects of health care and social assistance services. Data from DataUSA.io show that almost 190 thousand people are employed in this particular sector. Serving as Queens’ flagship of medical care is Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria. As of 2018, Mount Sinai Queens was considered among the top 20 biggest employers in New York City with an employee base of 38,000.
As for providing top-notch after-school academic services for under-served or under-performing children in New York, there is New York Edge in Woodside. This non-profit organization has further enriched the minds of its students through a variety of programs, and 80% of principals from the original schools of these children are happy about their academic support.
Queens is also becoming a thriving entertainment and showbiz hub due to the film and TV production studios in the area. You will find Silvercup Studios (the largest of its kind in NYC) and the Kaufman Astoria Studios (home of Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street crew) here.
Nothing can get any more prime than property in Queens, some of which can fetch as high as almost US$8 million. Unlisted luxury estates here may command even higher values – just approach the real estate agents with a huge network of industry partners with the right connections and upscale clients like Alexander Meskouris and his team. You can ask them for these special unlisted addresses and everything else about Queens real estate via phone at 917.7414.296 or email at info(at)alexandermeskouris(dotted)com.
Dominating the Queens real estate market are single-family homes, condos, and multi-family residences. Most of these can be found in the northern part of the county, especially in popular neighborhoods like Flushing, Jamaica, Astoria, Bayside, and Whitestone.
Famous Restaurants and Dishes
With Queens being the epitome of cultural diversity, you can expect a whole range of cuisine that the local restaurateurs can cook up. Every community here has its own delicacies to tickle your palate.
Jackson Heights is where a huge Asian community resides, so expect the momos over at local restaurant Namaste Tashi Delek Momo Dumpling Palace to keep you craving for more.
Elmhurst’s Colombian community, meanwhile prides itself in the various dishes cooked the traditional Columbian way at the nondescript but popular Cali Aji Con Sabor.
And of course, You can’t leave NYC without savoring the pizzas here. Yelp.com has four strong contenders for Queens’ Best Pizza Ever: Nonnaz Pizzeria and Restaurant, Louie’s Pizza, Sotto Le Stelle, and Fontana Pizzeria and Restaurant.