New York City, the City of Dreams, has five must-visit boroughs for every traveler. These boroughs are Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
Of all the boroughs, Queens is the second most populated, with a total population of 2,405,464 residents.
It has a land area of 108 sq mi and a population density of 22,125 people per sq mi.
Queens is bounded by Brooklyn and Long Island and is also known to be the most diverse place in the country.
The borough is a top tourist destination that is popular for several attractions and landmarks, including the Unisphere in Flushing, the Bohemian Hall in Astoria, and jewelry shops in Jackson Heights, among other places.
Some of the best neighborhoods in Queens for tourists and residents are Astoria, Bayside, Corona, Flushing, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Long Island City, Ridgewood, and Rockaways.
Learn more about the beauty of Queens, visit the website Queens Borough President.
To get a clearer overview of Queens, this article has a basic Queens neighborhoods map, outlining major and minor neighborhoods according to districts.
Image by Peter Fitzgerald, Ope.nStreetMap via Wikimedia Commons.
Here is a summary of Queens Neighborhoods Map:
- Jackson Heights
- Long Island City
- College Point
- Douglaston–Little Neck
- Little Neck
- Floral Park
- Fresh Meadows
- Glen Oaks
- East Elmhurst
- Forest Hills
- Fresh Pond
- Jackson Heights
- Kew Gardens
- Middle Village
- Rego Park
- The Hole
- Howard Beach
- Ozone Park
- Richmond Hill
- Cambria Heights
- Queens Village
- Springfield Gardens
- Belle Harbor
- Breezy Point
- Broad Channel
- Far Rockaway
- Rockaway Beach
- Rockaway Park
Image by Peter Fitzgerald, OpenStreetMap via Wikimedia Commons
Best Neighborhoods in Queens
Located in northwestern Queens, Astoria has a population of 78,793 residents composed of 49.2% White, 26.5% Hispanic, 16.2% Asian, 4.5% Black, and 3.4% Other Races.
It is a popular neighborhood best known for the Museum of the Moving Image, a museum focusing on digital media such as films, games, and TV.
Some other must-see places are the oldest beer garden, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Hell Gate Bridge, and the Modern Art Foundry.
Bayside has several smaller neighborhoods, including Bay Terrace, Bayside Hills, Fort Totten, and Oakland Gardens. In total, there are only about 43,808 residents wherein almost half of the population is White.
The neighborhood is known for several historical landmarks such as Lawrence Cemetery, Fort Totten, and All Saints Episcopal Church. In terms of safety, Bayside is the eighth safest neighborhood out of 69 ranked patrol areas.
Bounded by Elmhurst, Flushing, Forest Hills, and Jackson Heights, Corona is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the borough with a big Latin community. It has a racial composition of 73.6% Hispanic, 10% Asian, 9.5% Black, 5.3% White, and 1.6% Other Races.
Corona is home to several African American historical landmarks such as the Louis Armstrong House and the Dorie Miller Residential Cooperative.
It is also a popular place for ice cream because of its Lemon Ice King of Corona, an ice cream shop that opened in 1944.
Flushing is composed of several small multicultural neighborhoods, namely Auburndale, Broadway-Flushing, Bowne Park, Chinatown, Downtown Flushing, Kew Gardens Hills, Koreatown, Linden Hill, Murray Hill, Willets Point, Pomonok, Electchester, and Queensboro Hill.
It is a highly diverse neighborhood where the population is mostly composed of Asians, with a percentage of 69.2%. Moreover, it ranks as the fourth-largest center for commercial and business in New York.
If you are to visit Flushing, don’t forget to check out some of its several registered New York City Landmarks such as Fitzgerald-Ginsberg Mansion, Browne House, and Old Quaker Meeting House.
Located in Central Queens, Forest Hills is a residential neighborhood with a total population of 83,728. The neighborhood used to be the host of US Open tennis tournaments.
Today, the Tennis Stadium is now a place for concerts and events. One of the most popular streets for shopping and eating is Austin Street, the heart of Forest Hills.
It is also a must to see the two monuments in Forest Hills Gardens and several National Register of Historic Places such as the Church-in-the-Gardens and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Jackson Heights is a famous attraction known for its Jackson Heights Historic District which is filled with historical garden city apartment buildings and 19 contributing landmarks.
Other historical landmarks worth visiting are Lent Homestead and Cemetery and Jackson Heights Post Office. Satisfy your appetite with street foods located at 74th to 108th Streets of Roosevelt Ave.
If you are looking for a place to shop, head over to 37th Avenue, Junction Boulevard, and some streets of Roosevelt Avenue.
Situated in southeastern Queens, Jamaica is a small ethnically diverse neighborhood with a majority of African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.
It is loved for its large parks including Baisley Pond Park and Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, the fourth-largest park in New York. If you get hungry after all the traveling, try having a meal at Panshi, Shah’s Hala Food Cart, and Tequilazo.
Long Island City
Long Island City comprises residential and commercial subsections including Blissville, Hunters Point, Dutch Kills, Queensbridge, Queensview, Queens West, and Ravenswood.
Art enthusiasts should not miss this neighborhood as it has lots of art studios and museums such as 5 Pointz, the Fisher Landau Center for Art, Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Museum, and Socrates Sculpture Park, to name a few.
As for those keen on learning about history, visit the Hunters Point Historic District, Long Island City Courthouse Complex, and the iconic Pepsi-Cola neon sign in the East River.
Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park
Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park are both parts of the Rockaway Peninsula. It has the longest shorefront park, the Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, about 170 acres in total.
Another historical place registered on the National Register of Historic Places is the Temple of Israel Synagogue, a temple built in 1921 with a Classical Revival style of architecture.
Explore the Vibrant Queens of NYC
Being one of the most diverse boroughs of New York, Queens surely offers unique and cool things to do. Its impressive museums, incredible restaurants, free attractions, and numerous hidden places of interest will help you get to know New York from a whole different perspective.
Explore Queens on the weekend or even on a day trip and cross out the neighborhoods you have visited from the Queens Neighborhoods Map. If you have visited one of the neighborhoods above, let us know in the comments section below and share your top places to visit.