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Living in Queens
Apartments for rent in Queens can be extraordinarily diverse in the architectural style of the building and in the character of the neighborhood within which they reside. From Long Island City, with its flourishing arts scene and rezoned industrial buildings transformed into housing stock, to Rockaway Beach, a bona fide surfer's mecca just steps from the A train with both seasonal bungalows and post-war apartment complexes right on the water.
Queens is also home to Forest Hills and Hollis Hills, which feel more closely related to their suburban Long Island neighbors than to the rest of the city; to Flushing and Astoria and Jackson Heights, those vibrant, densely populated, marvelously diverse communities with some of the best ethnic food in all of New York City.
Queens Landmarks and Entertainment
Queens apartments share the borough with many iconic landmarks and vital transportation, entertainment, and cultural centers, including La Guardia and JFK International airports; and MoMA PS1, the edgy offshoot of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art dedicated solely to contemporary art, housed in a former public school.
The New York Hall of Science, in Flushing Meadows Park, was established in 1964 as part of the World's Fair (it's near the Fair's iconic Unisphere that's made an appearance in dozens of movies, perhaps most famously when it was destroyed by aliens in Men in Black ). This great facility is always a hit with families.
Sports fans will enjoy Citi Field, home of the New York Mets; and Arthur Ashe Stadium within the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the largest tennis stadium in the world and host to the annual grand-slam event, the US Open.
In addition to their usual reliance on mass transit, via Metropolitan Transit Authority subway lines and bus routes, many residents of Queens rental apartments also have access to the Long Island Rail Road, which has 20 stations in the borough heading into Manhattan or out east to Long Island.
Queens is also a bit of a car-reliant borough, most obviously in the large, more suburban sections not covered by the MTA, and residents of Queens real estate here take full advantage of the many major highways that run through the norough, including the Long Island Expressway, the Grand Central Parkway, the Van Wyck and the Bronx-Queens Expressways.
Did You Know?
One thing that all Queens rental apartments have in common, however, is that they were built in the largest borough in all of New York City—the other four, in descending order of size by land area, are Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Much of the borough is bordered by the suburbs of Nassau County, on Long Island.
It's also the borough with the second highest population, behind only Brooklyn. In fact, were it not part of New York City as a whole, Queens would be the fourth largest city in America, out-populated only by Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn.