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Queens

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Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn at the southwestern end of Long Island, and to Nassau County further east on Long Island; in addition, Queens shares water borders with the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. Coterminous with Queens County since 1899, the borough of Queens is the second-largest in population (after Brooklyn), with a census-estimated 2,339,150 residents in 2015, approximately 48% of them foreign-born. Queens County also is the second-most populous county in the U.S. state of New York, behind the neighboring borough of Brooklyn, which is coterminous with Kings County. Queens is the fourth-most densely populated county among New York City's boroughs, as well as in the United States. If each of New York City's boroughs were an independent city, Queens also would be the nation's fourth most populous city, after Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn. Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.Queens was established in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties of New York. It was named after the Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza (1638–1705), Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland. It became a borough of New York City in 1898, and from 1683 until 1899, the County of Queens included what is now Nassau County.
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Hidden gems in Queens

Gantry Plaza State Park ©
State Park
Gantry Plaza State Park Long Island City
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Louis Armstrong House Museum ©
History Museum
Louis Armstrong House Museum Corona
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
The Ohel
Religious Site
The Ohel Cambria Heights
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Voelker Orth Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Voelker Orth Museum Flushing
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Queens

Central Park ©
Scenic Walking Area
Central Park New York City
4.8
Duration: 6 hours
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
Art Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Empire State Building ©
Observation Deck
Empire State Building New York City
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Top of the Rock ©
Observation Deck
Top of the Rock New York City
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Popular things to do in Queens

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Norwood Museum ©
Art Museum
Norwood Museum College Point
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Astoria Park ©
Lookout
Astoria Park Astoria
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Queens

Crocheron Park ©
Park
Crocheron Park Bayside
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Forest Park
Park
Forest Park Woodhaven
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Cunningham Park ©
Park
Cunningham Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Queens

Hindu Temple Society of North America ©
Religious Site
Hindu Temple Society of North America Flushing
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
First Calvary Cemetery ©
Cemetery
First Calvary Cemetery Woodside
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Fort Totten ©
Historic Site
Fort Totten Bayside
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Free Synagogue of Flushing ©
Church
Free Synagogue of Flushing Flushing
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Queens

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Noguchi Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Noguchi Museum Long Island City
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Museum of the Moving Image ©
Specialty Museum
Museum of the Moving Image Astoria
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
MoMA PS1 ©
Art Museum
MoMA PS1 Long Island City
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Queens Museum ©
Art Museum
Queens Museum Flushing
3.9
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Queens

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