Queens, NY

Welcome to Queens

With a land coverage of over 100 square miles, Queens is NYC’s largest borough. Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world, and believed to be home to the most languages spoken of any urban area in the world.

The majority of the borough was farmland until the late 19th century, when the development of its industrial waterfront propelled the borough into urbanization. Much of Queens as we know it today was rapidly developed only close to a century ago, with the construction of the nation’s first planned garden apartment communities in Jackson Heights, which established ground-breaking tenets of housing and urban planning practices.

Queens has hosted two World’s Fairs (1939 & 1964) in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The borough is home to two of the United States’ busiest airports, John F. Kennedy Airport and Laguardia Airport, as well as NYC’s first municipal airport, Floyd Bennett Field, which advanced aviation on a global scale with 26 around-the-world or transatlantic flights during the 1930s. The architecture of the borough spans four centuries of development, and includes everything from the skyscrapers of Long Island City to the wood frame bungalows of Rockaway Beach.

Queens Landmarks