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Queens, NY: The Most Diverse Borough

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The historical account of Queens is brought to by the personal injury lawyers in Queens, NY at Banville Law.

Queens, New York

Queens, New York, is located on the west end of Long Island and sits next to Brooklyn. The boroughs of Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx all share borders of water with Queens. It is home to the LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports.

Early History

The Dutch were the first European settlers in Queens, near the Flushing Bay, in 1636. The British would come to rule the area in 1664 due to the conceding of Peter Stuyvesant. In 1683 Queens would become part of the twelve counties of New York and named in honor of the Queen Catherine of Braganza.

Queens would only play a small part in the American Revolution and, under the Quartering Act, its residents would house many of the British soldiers. In 1898, Queens would officially become a borough of New York City and join Nassau County.

19th Century

In 1898 Queens joined the Greater New York and began to draw summer visitors to its waterfront neighborhoods. The Queensboro Bridge construction, along with the Long Island Railroad Tunnel, encouraged further expansion. Queens would see its population increase more than double between the 1920s and 1930s due to the widespread use of the automobile.

In 1939 and 1964, Queens would become home to the New York World's Fair. LaGuardia Airport opened for flights in 1939, and the John F. Kennedy Airport opened in 1948.

Modern Influences

Queens has become a cultural hug and is known for initiating musical movements such as punk rock, hip hop, and jazz. Some legendary artists born or raised in the area include:

African American culture is heavily fostered in the area. Some major cultural institutions include:

Queens has been used as a backdrop to many fictional settings and characters, including the home of Peter Parker from Marvel Comic's Spiderman.


The area of Queens is the largest of the five boroughs in New York City and has the second to highest population. More than 47% of the people that live in Queens were not born in the U.S., making it ethnically the most diverse U.S. counties. There are 138 different languages spoken due to the diversity. The household income, as of 2018, was $62,000, with African Americans averaging higher wages than any other race. The racial breakdown is as follows:

Historical Landmarks

Queens offers many places to visit and offers examples of historical architect masterpieces. The following buildings are prime examples of the preservation of history:

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Our Local Office

If you or a loved one suffers from Mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our Queens, NY personal injury lawyers at Banville Law for a free consultation today.

Banville Law
104-68 Roosevelt Ave,
Queens, NY 11368
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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: March 2, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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