The largest borough of New York City, Queens has something for everyone.
There are Queens high-rises with terrific views of Manhattan, gorgeous Queens apartments with prewar detailing, Queens houses that are large, suburban-style single-family houses, waterfront mansions, and even one of the city’s two private parks.
Second in population only to Brooklyn, this vibrant area has great transportation access, with subway lines in Queens reaching out as far as Jamaica, Flushing, and the Rockaways. Jamaica also serves as a hub for the Long Island Rail Road, which has stops in Kew Gardens and Forest Hills as well as many areas of Eastern Queens. If you’re looking for Queens real estate, different neighborhoods have different attractions.
If it’s a view of Manhattan you want – one that gets even more spectacular by night – check out the new luxury condos in Long Island City. There are also brand new high-rise apartments in Flushing, which has its own bustling downtown. Astoria has a strong neighborhood feel, while Jackson Heights is a city-within-a-city, full of restaurants for every cuisine.
Forest Hills is a vibrant area, centering on the prewar development of Forest Hills Gardens, a historic complex with leafy, winding paths and private parking. The Rockaways, a peninsula to the south, offer beautiful beaches, and to the north, Malba features large estates with water views.
Of course a borough this big needs recreation, and there’s plenty of it in the form of parks, including Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the most visited in the city; major league baseball, where the Amazin’ New York Mets play in a snappy new stadium, and tennis – the U.S. Open is played every August and September in Arthur Ashe Stadium. There are great museums too, including the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, PS1 in Long Island City, and the Queens County Farm Museum – the only working historical farm in New York.