Queens Amazing Diversity
Queens, a New York City borough that covers 109 square miles, is the most ethnically and religiously diverse urban area per capita, in the world.
If each New York City borough were an independent city, Queens would also be the nation's fourth most populous city, after Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn.
With over 2.3 million Queens’ residents speaking over 138 languages, it is the second largest in NYC population after Brooklyn. Approximately 48% of the Queens residents are foreign- born and immigrate from over 100 countries.
Queens is home to nearly 50% of NYC’s Asian population and has the largest population of Chinese, Indian, Korean, Filipino, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Americans. Queens has the largest Asian American population by county outside the Western United States.
Queens is truly the crossroads of the world with over 12 million people visiting every year from all over the globe.
Queens is the only NYC borough that you can mail to specific neighborhoods, like “Flushing, NY”, “Astoria, NY”, “Whitestone, NY”, “Elmhurst, NY”.
In 2015 Queens was dubbed, “NYC’s Coolest Borough” by Condé Nast Traveler, Ranked #1 on Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” and MSN Money’s Top 15 “Hottest American Cities”
It’s been said, “you really haven’t seen New York City until you’ve experienced Queens!”
To really experience Queens, you must get acquainted with a diversity of cultures, tasting an awe-inspiring range of foods and riding the No. 7 train, an above-ground subway line that has sweeping views of the East River, Citi Field, Flushing Bay and Manhattan's famous skyline.
Restaurants: The best Chinese food in New York City is, arguably, served in Downtown Flushing. Around the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street, dozens of restaurants serve regional specialties from all over China. In Jackson Heights, Indian restaurants line 74th Street between Roosevelt and 37th Avenues. Nearby 37th Road contains a collection of Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants. Roosevelt Avenue’s run from eastern Jackson Heights into Corona is filled with Mexican and South American food options. Astoria and Long Island City are the best places in the neighborhood to find restaurants that follow the latest culinary trends.
Parkland: Queens has 7,273 acres of parkland and was allocated $44.5 million for improvements across 44 parks in 2014/2015.
Schools: Queens has some of the best school districts in the city with 3 of our public high schools ranked among the Top 10 in New York State and Top 50 nationwide in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
By the end of 2016, all of the 263 public elementary and middle schools in Queens will be equipped with SMART boards and computer laptops in the classroom.
Media: Queens is the true international media capital of the world with 9 newspapers focused solely on Queens, over 5 newspapers and broadcasts in Spanish, over 7 in Chinese, over 7 in Korean, and over 5 in Bengali and Urdu.
Queens continues to be a mainstay of the TV and movie industries with major studios and full-service production facilities that include Kaufman in Astoria, Silvercup in Long Island City and Broadway Stages, which has newly expanded to Queens.
Hunters Point South Development has planned 5,000 housing units with 60% (3,000) consisting of affordable housing for low & moderate income families. It will be the largest new affordable housing complex in the City of New York in nearly 40 years. It will include 1 of 3 area elementary schools to be built at a cost of $60 million and completed in 2020 which will be located at 57th Ave & Center Blvd.
The Jamaica Now Action Plan was unveiled in April 2015 and outlined 26 strategic actions for the revitalization and growth of Jamaica, Queens into a thriving residential and commercial neighborhood. The Action Plan is a culmination of the Jamaica Now Planning Initiative and is designed to address the challenges that have faced the Jamaica area in recent years by providing workforce training and small business support. Also the Plan initiates new mixed-use development anchored by affordable housing, and improving the livability of the neighborhood through investments in safety measures, green spaces and more. The 21 strategic actions, 16 of which will be launched and implemented between 2015 and 2018, are backed by substantial public funding in the amount of $153 Million.
MTA has a Five Year Capital Plan that included projects like the full reconstruction of the Jamaica Bus Depot, signal modernization for the E, F, M and R lines along Queens Boulevard, and complete renovations of 16 Queens’ subway stations.
MTA is also renovating the LIRR stations at Hunters Point in Queens West and Murray Hill in Flushing and adding new stations in Elmhurst and Sunnyside.
The Five-Borough Ferry Plan which has the first phase completed in 2017, with active stops in Hunters Point South, Long Island City, Astoria and the Rockaways.
The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) would run along the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront. This 16-mile corridor through Astoria, Ravenswood, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Navy Yard, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park has been long underserved by public transit. This Broo klyn-Queens waterfront is one of the fastest-growing parts of the city, with more than 405,000 residents and 296,000 workers.
The BQX is planning to break ground on the project in 2019-2020. When fully built, it could serve almost 50,000 passengers per day, making it one of the biggest urban streetcar systems in the nation.
With a majority of the streetcar service operating in a reserved right of way, the average rider on the BQX will save 15-20 minutes each way compared to their current transit options. For Example, Astoria to Williamsburg currently takes 61 minutes via the N & L train and with the new BQX it will only take 27 minutes.
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Author: David Legaz
August 15th 2016
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