New York City / Queens, New York

Astorians (or Sunnysiders or whatever)

I was born in Queens, New York, which is a suburb of New York City.
-Peter Jurasik

The Best Thing About Queens?

Diversity

Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. Repeat: the most ethnically diverse place in THE WORLD! That diversity isn’t just about the population but also about the experiences. The neighborhood of Little India has a beautiful, annual celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Jackson Heights is an amazing neighborhood where 167 languages are spoken and is hosts the Queens Pride Parade & Festival. There’s also Little Guyana, which not shockingly, is home to a large Guyanese population and full of cool Indian boutiques and Chinese-Guyanese eateries.

Here's a local on the diversity and fun of Queens: As a current resident of Rego Park, I can tell you from my perspective what living in my corner of Queens is like. First, I’m fortunate to live only one block from the subway on a quiet residential street that abuts Queens Blvd. (the busiest city roadway in America and arguably the widest!) I have neighbors from all over the world, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, China, and Russia! I (as a white male) am a MINORITY in the borough and I couldn’t be happier about that. The diversity here is STUNNING. You can hear more languages spoken here in Queens than anywhere else on earth. It’s amazing. Not only is the borough diverse in population, it’s also diverse as to urban landscape. You can live at the beach (No, really…you can in the Rockaways), in a city (Long Island City), upscale suburbia (Forest Hills), or in a hugely diverse neighborhood like Jackson Heights (with some of the best food on the planet).

For more reviews of Queens from locals check out: The Buzz

The Worst Thing About Queens?

Transportation

Queens is massive, nearly 110 square miles (San Francisco is 7), and the subway only covers a small portion of the total borough. That means you’re going to need to drive, take an expensive cab/app, or figure out a combination of buses, trains, etc. Getting from one neighborhood to another, like Far Rockaway to Astoria, can take up to two hours by public transportation. Oh, and parking is a bitch so factor that into the ride as well.

Here's a local's history lesson on why Queens public transport is weaker: Queens was very rural, and what wasn’t rural was either suburban or industrial wasteland. The subway was built on what there was demand for, and there was 0 demand in a good chunk of queens.

Lifestyle Of Queens?

For many Queens is a suburb – sleepy, kid-friendly and a community for raising a family, not the insanity of some of the other boroughs. Queens is also the jumping social scene of Jackson Heights or Astoria, which are filled with clubs and bars for your nightlife pleasure. Queens is also kind of the new Brooklyn, where younger people are moving to escape the costs of the most expensive boroughs so you can expect to see junior hipsters (or zoomers I think we’re calling them now) emerging in the active areas. For families making their homes here and singles and couples who enjoy the outdoors, Queens has Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, even larger than Central Park, and an oasis amidst the dense blocks of housing. Queens truly is its own city, with every kind of lifestyle you could want to live here.

If you want to know what happens in Queens then check out the calendar of events: https://itsinqueens.com/explore/events/

Why You Should Move Here Now?

Room To Roam

Those 110 square miles of homes/apartments means prices are always going to be better here than in Manhattan or Brooklyn. It also means that if you are ready to roam the amazing diversity of people, neighborhoods and experiences then come across the bridge and make it happen.