46 Facts About Queens


Queens is a borough of New York City, coextensive with Queens County, in the U S state of New York.

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Queens is the most linguistically diverse place on Earth and is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States.

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Queens was established in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties of the Province of New York.

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Queens became a borough during the consolidation of New York City in 1898, combining the separate towns of Long Island City, Newtown, Flushing, Jamaica, and western Hempstead.

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Queens has the most diversified economy of the five boroughs of New York City.

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Originally, Queens County included the adjacent area now comprising Nassau County.

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Queens gained North and South Brother Islands as well as Huletts Island .

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Queens played a minor role in the American Revolution, as compared to Brooklyn, where the Battle of Long Island was largely fought.

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From 1683 until 1784, Queens County consisted of five towns: Flushing, Hempstead, Jamaica, Newtown, and Oyster Bay.

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In 1886, Lloyd's Neck, which was then part of the town of Oyster Bay and had earlier been known as Queens Village, was set off and separated from Queens County and annexed to the town of Huntington in Suffolk County.

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In later years, Queens was the site of the 1939 New York World's Fair and the 1964 New York World's Fair.

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Queens is located on the far western portion of geographic Long Island and includes a few smaller islands, most of which are in Jamaica Bay, forming part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which in turn is one of the National Parks of New York Harbor.

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North of Queens are Flushing Bay and the Flushing River, connecting to the East River.

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The midsection of Queens is crossed by the Long Island straddling terminal moraine created by the Wisconsin Glacier.

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The Rockaway Peninsula, the southernmost part of all of Queens, sits between Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, featuring 7 miles of beaches.

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Queens receives precipitation throughout the year, with an average of 44.

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Four United States Postal Service postal zones serve Queens, based roughly on those serving the towns in existence at the consolidation of the five boroughs into New York City: Long Island City, Jamaica, Flushing, and Far Rockaway .

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Meanwhile, a 2017 study by Axios found that, although numerous smaller counties in the United States had higher rates of diversity, Queens was the United States' most diverse populous county.

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Queens has the second largest Sikh population in the nation after California.

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Queens has the largest Colombian population in the city, accounting for over 35.

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Queens has the largest Peruvian population in the city, accounting for 69.

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Queens has the largest Salvadoran population in the city, accounting for 50.

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The migration of European Americans from parts of Queens has been long ongoing with departures from Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Bellerose, Floral Park, and Flushing .

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Queens has experienced a real estate boom making most of its neighborhoods desirable for people who want to reside near Manhattan but in a less urban setting.

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In 2014, Queens had 738 religious organizations, the thirteenth most out of all U S counties.

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Queens has been the center of the punk rock movement, particularly in New York; Ramones originated out of Forest Hills, it has been the home of such notable artists as Tony Bennett, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Simon, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Queens has notably fostered African American culture, with establishments such as The Afrikan Poetry Theatre and the Black Spectrum Theater Company catering specifically to African Americans in Queens.

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Queens has the second-largest economy of New York City's five boroughs, following Manhattan.

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Queens has the most diversified economy of the five boroughs, with occupations spread relatively evenly across the health care, retail trade, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and film and television production sectors, such that no single sector is overwhelmingly dominant.

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Diversification in Queens' economy is reflected in a large amount of employment in the export-oriented portions of its economy—such as transportation, manufacturing, and business services—that serve customers outside the region.

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Queens is home to two of the three major New York City area airports, JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

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Queens is home of the New York Mets of Major League Baseball.

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Since New York City's consolidation in 1898, Queens has been governed by the New York City Charter that provides for a strong mayor–council system.

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Queens has 12 seats on the New York City Council, the second-largest number among the five boroughs.

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In 2002, Queens voted against incumbent Republican Governor of New York George Pataki in favor of his Democratic opponent, Carl McCall by a slim margin.

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Since the election of Donald Trump, Queens has become known in the United States for its surge in progressive politics and grassroots campaigning.

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Elementary and secondary school education in Queens is provided by a vast number of public and private institutions.

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Queens has crucial importance in international and interstate air traffic, with two of the New York metropolitan area's three major airports located there.

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The Q70 – terminals B, C, D – through Queens, ending in Woodside at 61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

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Queens has six state highways that run west–east largely on surface roads.

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Streets of Queens are laid out in a semi-grid system, with a numerical system of street names .

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Queens house numbering was designed to provide convenience in locating the address itself; the first half of a number in a Queens address refers to the nearest cross street, the second half refers to the house or lot number from where the street begins from that cross street, followed by the name of the street itself.

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Many of the village street grids of Queens had only worded names, some were numbered according to local numbering schemes, and some had a mix of words and numbers.

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Queens is connected to the Bronx by the Bronx–Whitestone Bridge, the Throgs Neck Bridge, the Triborough Bridge, and the Hell Gate Bridge.

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Queens was preceded in the White House by former First Ladies Nancy Reagan, who lived in Flushing as a child.

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Queens has been home to athletes such as professional basketball player Rafer Alston Basketball players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Metta World Peace were both born in Queens, as were Olympic athletes Bob Beamon and Dalilah Muhammad.

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