09/20/12 11:00am

You probably hear generalizations all the time about the demographics of Queens, especially when it comes to diversity, immigration, and neighborhood trends. If you want the facts, we’ve summarized them here to satisfy your curiosity.

First, the basics: Queens is estimated to have 2.2 million people, or about 27% of New York City’s 8.2 million residents. It is the largest borough in terms of geographical area, but the second most populous borough after Brooklyn, which has 2.5 million people. (more…)

08/27/12 3:00pm

Image source: 1940s New York

Have you ever heard of Nassau Heights in Queens? Today, it’s known as Middle Village. Did you know that Woodside was once called Woodside-Winfield? Welcome to 1940s New York, when the Queensbridge Houses were a new development, and Astoria was a predominately Italian and German neighborhood (the Greek population didn’t peak until the 1970s). (more…)