Located to the east of Manhattan Island and north of Brooklyn, Queens is one of the five New York City boroughs.
A cosmopolitan neighbourhood, Queens is known for its multi-ethnic population: almost 48% of the residents were born abroad. Queens has long been known for containing some of the poorest neighbourhoods in New York, but increasingly it is becoming middle class and even affluent in parts, with hotels, large parks and golf courses.
Queens is famous for two iconic sporting events: the New York marathon, which is run through the borough annually and the US Tennis Open. The stadium that is home to New York’s second baseball club after the Yankees, the Mets, is also in the borough.
Queens has two major museums: MoMA PS1, the museum entirely devoted to contemporary art, there since 1971, and the Noguchi Museum, dedicated to the works of the Japanese artist, sculptor and designer of the same name. Finally, the Socrates Sculpture Park has an unimpaired view of Manhattan.
Also worth visiting: the LIC Flea and Food Market where you can find all sorts of homemade products, open Saturdays and Sundays; the QNS Urban Market, a flea market in an old factory building; and Flushing Meadows, the second largest park in New York.