Queens
Travel Guide

Queens, New York City 

Introduction 

 
 

Queens is the largest borough in New York City by area but with the second largest by population with 2.3 million people (2012) residing here. If Queens were an independent city, it would be the fifth largest city in the United States. A matter of fact, Queens was a county on its own until annexed by New York City in 1898. Queens is geographically located in the western region of Long Island facing Brooklyn in the west, Manhattan in the north, and Nassau County in the east.

 
 

Ethnic Neighborhoods
Like Brooklyn, many of the neighborhoods in Queens are home to several ethnic communities. The neighborhoods of Howard Beach, Ozone Park, and Middle Village are homes for many Italian Americans. Elmhurst has a large Hispanic and Asian population, while Jackson Heights and Flushing also have a significant Asian population - within Flushing is another of the New York City’s three Chinatowns. Jamaica is home for many African Americans and immigrants from the Caribbean Islands.

Chinatown, Queens (New York City)

Chinatown in Queens by Nmilbrodt

See & Do
Chinatown in the neighborhood of Flushing is definitely worth a visit, you would probably think you were somewhere in Hong Kong or some where in a town in China. Jackson Heights is another neighborhood in Queens, home of New York City’s Little India. There are several interesting museums and galleries that you should not miss in Queens including the Noguchi Museum and Queens Museum of Art. The borough offers several great parks (including urban parks and wildlife reserve) with Flushing Meadows Corona  Park being one and a half times larger than the famous Central Park in Manhattan.

Subway station in Flushing, Queen (New York City)

Main Street Subway Station in Flushing by Daniel Schwen

Eating Out
There are plenty of places to eat out in Queens ranging from the budget eats at the takeaways to fine dining. When it comes to ethnic foods, then the world has come to Queens with its diverse ethnic communities introducing varieties of cuisines. Go to the neighborhood restaurants in Flushing for great tasting Chinese, Korean, and even Latin American cuisines. Restaurants in Jackson Heights are the best places for spicy Indian curry dishes. Like the rest of New York, there are no shortages of Italian restaurants and pizzerias in Queens. 

Indian Restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens (New York City)

Indian restaurant in Queens by Jim Henderson

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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