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Queens is a borough in Queens County, one of the five counties of New York City.

The community was named after Catherine of Braganza, queen of Charles II.

The latitude of Queens is 40.749N. The longitude is -73.798W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 39 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 2,229,379.


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Median household income
Local
$42,439
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Queens demographic reports
Queens is between the East River and the Atlantic Ocean.
Settled by the Dutch in the 1640s. Remained agricultural through the 19th century. Residential development soared after opening of the Queensborough Bridge in 1909.
Public transportation: Long Island Bus, Long Island Railroad (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Setting for 1970s TV series, "All in the Family"
Well-known residents have included:
· David Schwimmer, actor
· Susan Sarandon, actress
· Tony Bennett, singer
· James Caan, actor
· Louis Armstrong, jazz musician
· Dizzy Gillespie, jazz musician
Local bands (past and present) have included Run-D.M.C., A Tribe Called Quest, 50 Cent
Local festivals include:
  • Queens International Film Festival - Nov. 8-11, 2007
  • Forest Hills Festival Of The Arts - June 10, 2007
  • US Open - Aug. 27-Sept. 9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Queens web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Alley Pond Park, Bayswater Point State Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Roy Wilkins Park
Queens attractions: Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Zoo
Sports teams: Mets (NL)
Historic sites and museums: Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Queens Museum of Art, New York Hall of Science, American Museum of the Moving Image
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic - their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose. Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness, or forgot them and moved away.
-- The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Neighborhoods in Queens include Arverne, Astoria, Auburndale, Bayside, Beechhurst, Bellaire, Belle Harbor, Bellerose, Blissville, Breezy Point ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Queens include Arverne, Astoria, Auburndale, Bayside, Beechhurst, Bellaire, Belle Harbor, Bellerose, Blissville, Breezy Point ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Queens demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Queens County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, New York area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 11105 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

4% of Queens residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Queens ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Queens was $19,222, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

24% of Queens residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Queens include Central Ridgewood Historic District, Douglaston Hill Historic District, Hunters Point Historic District, Jackson Heights Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Queens, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $721.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,597.


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Libraries

Libraries in Queens include Arverne, Astoria, Auburndale, Baisley Park, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Broad Channel, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Court Square ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Queens include Forest Hills-Rego Park Times, Long Island City-Astoria-Jackson Heights Journal, Northeast Queens Times Ledger, Queens Chronicle, Queens Courier, Queens Examiner, Queens Gazette, Queens Ledger, Queens Tribune, Southeast Queens Times Ledger ... More newspapers

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Queens County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Queens political report.

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Queens restaurants taking online reservations include Christos Steak House, Dee's, London Lennies ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Queens workers is 42 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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“ The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic - their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose. Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness, or forgot them and moved away. ”
~ The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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