Queens is the largest borough of New York City. Located north of Brooklyn on Long Island, it is known for being one of the most multiethnic places in the United States. It's also where the Mets play (once at Shea Stadium, now Citi Field) and where the U.S. Open tennis tournament is held, is the former site of a couple World's Fairs, and is home to both of New York's airports, LaGuardia and JFK.
The best way to tour the more urban, eastern half of Queens may be to hop on and off the Seven Train, also known as the "International Express" for its famous diversity.
Neighborhoods of Queens
Some interesting neighborhoods of Queens include:
- Astoria - Greeks, Serbs, other Eastern Orthodox peoples with strange alphabets, and the theatrical community, which favors it for cheap rents and quick subway access to Times Square's playhouses
- Elmhurst - diverse immigrant neighborhood, predominately Hispanic
- Forest Hills - wealthy neighborhood that was built to resemble a quaint English country village
- Flushing - where the 7 train ends, a busy neighborhood that's mostly East Asian. Go and practice your Korean.
- Howard Beach - famed for its white supremacists
- Jackson Heights - Indians in the western half, Hispanics to the east
- Jamaica - not as interesting as it sounds
- Long Island City - half industrial wasteland, half artists. Perpetually up and coming, despite being the closest part of Queens to Midtown Manhattan
- Rockaway - part of it is known as Far Rockaway, since it's about as far as you can get by subway from the rest of New York