Queens: New York’s Largest Borough

6:36 am  |  09.05.2021

Quince covers an area of 460 km2, of which 280 km2 is water. It is the largest of New York’s five districts by area and the second-largest by population. It is located in the eastern part of the city on Long Island. There are a lot of immigrants here – 47.6 percent of the total population. There are 2.3 million people in Queens.

District History


In 1635, the first settlers settled in what is now Queens. They were from Holland. About 300 years ago, the first settlements were Flushing and Maspeth. In the east of Long Island, Newton and Jamaica were founded. All of these lands, like all of Long Island, were conquered by the British in 1664. From that time onwards and for the next two and a half centuries, Queens consisted of the number of villages divided by forests, beaches, squares, which are not typical of cities. The date of its foundation is believed to be 1683. 

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Queens became part of New York City and became one of its boroughs only in 1898, contributing to its active urbanization.

In the next 15 years, the Queensboro Bridge was built, connecting the area to Manhattan, the East River Tunnel, a branch of the New York Metro.

Climate

The climate in Queens is humid subtropical. The rainfall here is almost year-round, but most of all in August. Winter is mild, summer is hot and wet. The first snow usually falls in December. The Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean have a great influence on the climate. Temperatures in the area range from +2 to -5 C in winter. The average temperature in summer is +24 C. The warmest month is July, the average temperature at this time is within 28 C. In autumn in this area is warm and sunny, the summer heat is gone, but the temperature is comfortable.

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Features of the Area

Queens doesn’t have a lot of skyscrapers like Manhattan. Here you can see private houses intended for several households. However, it is more common to have high-rise buildings that have begun to be built due to the increase in the number of inhabitants.

Each of Queens’ neighborhoods is inhabited by different ethnic groups. Howard Beach, Middle Village, and Uaytstoun are predominantly Italian, Ozone Park is Hispanic, Rockaway Beach and Woodside are Irish and Filipino. The Astoria district is inhabited by Greeks, the Ridgewood by Slavs, and the Kew Gardens Hills by Jews.

Among Queens residents, the most common adherents of the following religions are:

  • Catholicism.
  • Judaism.
  • Muslim.
  • Orthodoxy.

Baptism

The district has a peculiar layout of streets. Most highways going from north to south are called avenues, and from west to east are called streets. Most streets formed in the 18th and 19th centuries have their own names, not numbers. Queens has a well-developed transportation system. It is connected to neighboring areas by bridges, tunnels, ferry services. Here are New York International Airports named after J. Kennedy and La Guardia.

Attractions

The American Museum of Cinema and Television is located here. The American Museum of Cinema and Television is located in Queens. It was opened in 1988. The museum features exclusive costumes of movie stars and relics from movies of all time.


In Queens, there is the track «Aqueduct», on which from the end of spring until the middle of autumn races are held. It is also home to the National Tennis Center, which annually hosts the Tennis Championship. 

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In the park Flushing Meadows-Corona, you can visit attractions, visit a skating rink, swim on a sailboat, and look at the unique building «Unisphere».

The park is home to the New York Science House, built-in 1964. It is now a museum of science and technology, distinguished by the availability of exhibits and the use of new technologies in the museum.

You can visit the Queens Museum. It shows the history of New York City. Farmers’ Museum, which is a restored 19th-century farm, is worth visiting.

The museum presents the history of agricultural development in the region. The estate «Kingsland» is a farmer’s house, which was built in 1774. In it, the colonial-style can be clearly seen. The museum has exhibits reflecting the history of the building.

The Rockaway Beach System, stretched over many kilometers along the Atlantic coast, is a favorite destination for the summer holiday of the local population. 

A spacious pedestrian area, the Rockaway Boardwalk, was built there. It was damaged by Hurricane Sandy and was extensively restored.

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The oldest building in New York City is the Brown House. It is located right here in Queens. The house dates back to 1661. It is now a museum. It contains authentic furniture and other things of that era.

Queens Botanical Gardens is open to visitors throughout the summer. There are many flowers and flowering trees that attract many birds and bees with their unique flavor. There is also a flower shop where you can buy plants and souvenirs.

Queens County Zoo holds many species from North America. It is noteworthy that it has created conditions that are as close as possible to natural ones. It will be a great pleasure to visit the park sculpture «Socrates».


This place used to be a dump, but now it’s an area where any sculptor can create his unrivaled works. On the grounds of the park, there are often exhibitions of modern masters, film screenings, and other similar events, and the entrance is completely free.

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St. Dimitri Cathedral is also located in Queens District. It is the largest Orthodox parish in the country.

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