by Female Abroad

If you've heard of Queen's it might be because the Ramone's hail from here. Or maybe it's because of Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Ella Fitzgerald. No? What about Nas, Run-D.M.C., Kool G Rap, A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, and Heems of Das Racist? As you can see, Queen's has been the breeding ground for a lot of musical acts from the 40's up until today.

Found on Long Island in the East and across from the Bronx, Queens is the lesser visited of the five boroughs due to it's lack of tourist attractions. If you are looking for a quick stay near the airport then Queens would be it as it contains both LaGuardia and JFK airports. It is the second most populated borough and made up of 48% foreign born citizens as of 2010 only about 46% of the population spoke English at home so if you are wanting a mixing pot experience (or amazingly accurate ethic food) this is the place to go.

Areas: what they are known for

  1. Jackson Heights: low rise housing with a mix of Indian and Latin America heritage
  2. Flushing: business district of Queens
  3. Astoria: was part of the early New York City film scene with the Kaufman Astoria Studios being found here. Also has a strong Greek community so if you want good Greek food, pop by.
  4. Long Island City: known for it's thriving arts community with the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio space in NYC
  5. Bayside: one of most expensive places to own a detached home in the USA
  6. Jamaica Bay: wetland estuary
  7. Douglaston: golf and country club
  8. Little Neck Bay: great view of the Bronx


  1. Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  2. Citi Field (New York Mets)
  3. the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (US Open)
  4. Kaufman Astoria Studios
  5. Silvercup Studios
  6. Aqueduct Racetrack