Queens is the largest of New York City’s five boroughs (pop. 2 million). It is home to an entire cross section of American ethnic groups and is made up of environs ranging from urban, to residential and waterfront. This expansive borough is comprised of numerous subcommunities, each of which has its own, distinctive flavor. The business, cultural, academic, athletic, and retail resources in Queens are myriad, allowing one to do nearly anything without leaving the borough.
Dozens of theaters, and restaurants too numerous to count are among the diversions which Queens residents take for granted. Cuisines to be sampled include Italian, Greek, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French, Indian, Near Eastern, German, and Creole. Seafood lovers have many choices among the restaurants along the south shore, and nightclubs, pubs, and playhouses add to the nightlife.
Outdoor leisure and recreation are available in the borough’s numerous parks and its Botanical Gardens.
The athletically inclined can take advantage of bike paths, several public golf courses, water sports on the north and south shores, and a host of public tennis courts. Professional sports activities include baseball at Shea Stadium and U.S. Open Tennis at Flushing Meadow.
One needn’t keep a car to have access to all parts of the borough and beyond. Buslines and subway trains connect all parts of Queens, and the Long Island Railroad has several lines that course through the borough and throughout the length of Long Island. New York’s two major airports are both in Queens; LaGuardia on the north shore, and Kennedy International on the south.
The cultural, sports, and academic centers of Queens are, of course, supplemented by the many facilities and attractions of nearby Manhattan and Long Island. Queens is situated at the center of greater New York, facilitating access to points of interest. Among the attractions within a half hour’s car or train ride from NYHQ are:
The Bronx Zoo
The Manhattan theater district
Madison Square Garden