ABOUT THE BORO
Learn More About the World’s Borough
Queens is big, diverse, and contains a rich fabric of human culture . The borough has more than 2.3 million residents who speak an estimated 170 languages. More than half the population was born in a foreign country. Queens is in fact, the World’s Borough! https://www.nycgo.com/boroughs-neighborhoods/queens/
Queens Rising recognizes that the Borough of Queens rests on the traditional homelands of those now referred to as the Canarsie, Lekawe, Matinecok, and Merrick peoples. We understand this land holds immense significance for its original stewards, the Native Nations and peoples of this region.
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Queens Arts & Cultural Icons
Queens is a breeding ground for outstanding individuals who became famous for their contributions to society. Here is a list of famous native Queens Residents listed alphabetically by first name:
Adrien Brody; Al Roker; Barbara Bach; Bernadette Peters; Carol Ann Alt; Carol O’Connor; Christopher Walken; David Caruso; David Schwimmer; Debi Mazar; Dick Van Patten; Don Rickles; Drea de Matteo; Ethel Merman; Fran Drescher; Jonathan Favreau; Francis Ford Coppola; Hank Azaria; Harvey Weinstein; Howard Stern; Ja Rule; James Caan; James Cagney; Jerry Springer; John Leguizamo; John Turturro; Judd Apatow; Lucy Liu; Mae West; Martin Landau; Martin Scorsese; Michael Landon; Patty Duke; Ray Romano; Richard Dreyfuss; Rodney Dangerfield; Susan Sarandon; Zoe Saldaña.
A Tribe Called Quest (Phife Dawg; Q-Tip); Art Garfunkel; Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo); Burt Bacharach; Capone-N-Noreaga; Curtis Jackson (50 Cent); Cyndi Lauper; Dee Schneider; Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis; Frankie Banali, Gene Simmons; Kool G Rap; LL Cool J; Lost Boys, Marley Marl; Marvin Hamlisch; MC Shan; Milford Graves; Mobb Deep (Prodigy & Havoc); Nas; Nicki Minaj; Paul Simon; Paul Stanley; Ramones (Johnny; Tommy; Joey; DeeDee) Robert Moog; Roxanne Shante; Run-D.M.C.; Russell Simmons; Salt-N-Pepa; Tony Bennett.
Art Buchwald; Billy Collins (U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003); Clement Clark Moore; James Breslin; Gwen Ifill; Nelson DeMille; Ron Chernow.
Astoria/Long Island City
Astoria and Long Island City are booming with new residential buildings, multiple high energy areas with restaurants, bars, cultural attractions, and hotels. These neighborhoods host a long history of Film Production as well as rich Greek and Egyptian cultural histories.
More information is at www.longislandcityqueens.com
Astoria Performing Arts Center
Culture Lab LIC
Greek Cultural Center
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
Museum of the Moving Image
Socrates Sculpture Park
The Chocolate Factory Theater
The Secret Theatre
The neighborhood Flushing has more Chinese residents and businesses than the neighborhood Chinatown in Manhattan.
For more recommendations and hidden gems, check out www.flushingfantastic.nyc
Highlights/Attractions within Flushing Meadows Corona Park:
Forest Hills/Rego Park
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“Sunnyside Queens 2012”
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