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Overview of Queens

Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. Almost half of the residents here were born in another country. From 100 different nations, speaking 138 different languages, they all choose this welcoming section of Long Island. Having two of the busiest airports in the world here, John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia, might not hurt immigration any, either! Find your Queens apartment or rental with Rent.com®, and join the unparalleled diversity in this New York borough.

Living in Queens

Established in 1683, Queens is said to be named for Catherine of Braganza. The Portuguese princess married England's King Charles II and became queen at the time. The area remained under British control during the American Revolution. Until 1784, in fact, Queens was just five towns: Flushing, Hempsted, Jamaica, Newtown, and Oyster Bay. That changed over the next century. Queens became a borough of New York City in 1898. The Long Island Rail Road was electrified in 1908 and the Queensboro Bridge opened the following year. Transportation improved further, with tunnels and the subway coming online over the next decade. As the area became more accessible, the population of Queens more than doubled. Today, Queens is largest borough of New York City and the fourth most populated county in the United States. Residents here closely identify with their neighborhoods, which frequently take on ethnic personalities. Kew Gardens Hill, for example, is mostly Jewish. Rockaway Beach is Irish. Astoria has one of the world's largest Greek populations outside of Greece. In Flushing, residents are primarily Chinese and Korean. Fitting for its name, the Jamaica neighborhood is largely Caribbean and African American.

Work & Study in Queens

Queens has New York City's most diverse economy. Health care, retail, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and film & television production all compete to create the most jobs. If you're seeking an education, Queens College and three other City University of New York campuses are here. Among other options is Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Air travel is an important element of both Queens' economy and education.

Cost of Living in Queens

Queens remains one of the cheaper boroughs of New York City, along with the Bronx. You can find everything from high-density housing to large single-family homes here. What you choose, and where in the large borough it's located, will affect your cost of living. In general, two-bedroom apartments in Queens rent for around $2,500.

Queens Attractions & Entertainment

There's plenty to see and do in the borough of Queens. For starters, head to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, home of the New York Mets and host of the US Open Tennis Tournament. Two world fairs went down here as well. For film buffs, Kaufman Astoria Studios is where films like The Wiz were shot. Silvercup Studios produces movies and TV shows too, such as 30 Rock and Fringe. You can also check out the New York Hall of Science or gawk at graffiti art exhibits at places like 5 Pointz, all in Queens.

Queens Special Events

Many of the seasonal events that keep Queens moving are ethnic. You can show spirit at the Colombian Independence Day Festival or at Dragon Boat Races. The Queens County Fair is one of many community events hosted by the Queens County Farm Museum. There's the US Open every Labor Day and, if you're lucky, maybe the Mets will make the playoffs, too!

If you're seeking a Queens apartment, Rent.com® can assist. Let us help you get settled in the perfect rental.

Prism - New York, NY 10016
45

New York, NY 10016

$3890 - $17060

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

New York, NY (Flatiron, Gramercy-Flatiron...)


$3890 - $17060

269 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

101 West End - New York, NY 10023
23

New York, NY 10023

$3195 - $11485

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

New York, NY (Central Park, Manhattan...)


$3195 - $11485

506 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Parc Coliseum - New York, NY 10023
8

New York, NY 10023

$2810 - $3670

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Manhattan, Upper West Side...)


$2810 - $3670

177 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Hudson Crossing - New York, NY 10018
17

New York, NY 10018

$2885 - $5390

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan...)


$2885 - $5390

259 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

180 Montague - Brooklyn, NY 11201
21

Brooklyn, NY 11201

$3130 - $6370

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights)


$3130 - $6370

193 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

544 Union Avenue - Brooklyn, NY 11211
21

Brooklyn, NY 11211

$3000 - $5090

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn, Greenpoint...)


$3000 - $5090

85 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Parc East - New York, NY 10016
11

New York, NY 10016

$3690 - $7670

1-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

New York, NY (East Side, Gramercy...)


$3690 - $7670

324 Units 1-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

Beatrice - New York, NY 10001
25

New York, NY 10001

$4465 - $8845

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

New York, NY (Flatiron, Garment District...)


$4465 - $8845

302 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

777 6th Avenue - New York, NY 10001
14

New York, NY 10001

$3815 - $7005

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Flatiron, Gramercy-Flatiron...)


$3815 - $7005

294 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Waterford Towers - Edgewater, NJ 07020
16

Edgewater, NJ 07020

$2000 - $3000

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

West 54th - New York, NY 10019
17

New York, NY 10019

$3110 - $5180

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan...)


$3110 - $5180

222 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

600 Washington - New York, NY 10014
16

New York, NY 10014

$3370 - $7285

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Downtown, Manhattan...)


$3370 - $7285

135 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

70 Greene - Jersey City, NJ 07302
26

Jersey City, NJ 07302

$2500 - $5095

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Jersey City, NJ (Colgate Center, Paulus Hook...)


$2500 - $5095

480 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Westmont - New York, NY 10025
15

New York, NY 10025

$3335 - $7565

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Manhattan, Upper West Side...)


$3335 - $7565

163 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

West 96th - New York, NY 10025
13

New York, NY 10025

$3660 - $7860

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Manhattan, Manhattan Valley...)


$3660 - $7860

207 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

77 Park Avenue - Hoboken, NJ 07030
29

Hoboken, NJ 07030

$2710 - $5275

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Hoboken, NJ (Downtown, Path Station)


$2710 - $5275

301 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Exo Astoria - Astoria, NY 11102
23

Astoria, NY 11102

$2500 - $3800

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Astoria, NY (Long Island City, Queens)


$2500 - $3800

117 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

St. Moritz - Edgewater, NJ 07020
32

Edgewater, NJ 07020

$2105 - $5305

1-4 Beds 1-4 Baths

Edgewater, NJ


$2105 - $5305

223 Units 1-4 Beds 1-4 Baths

RiverTower - New York, NY 10122
14

New York, NY 10122

$4175 - $12995

1-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

New York, NY (East Side, Manhattan...)


$4175 - $12995

323 Units 1-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

Infinity - Edgewater, NJ 07020
16

Edgewater, NJ 07020

$2350 - $4335

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Edgewater, NJ


$2350 - $4335

100 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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