Queens, a misunderstood borough, mostly because people just pretty much know this borough for three reasons, LaGuardia airport, JFK airport and Citi Field(home of the “Mets”). However, what most people don’t know, is that the borough of Queens is named after an actual queen. Queens is named after Queen Catherine of Branganza who was the wife of King Charles the II. Catherine was born in Portugal and she was wed to Charles back when the British colony was established in New York.
Astoria Queens is the home of one of the world’s finest pianos. Steinway and Sons, one of the most if not the most famous piano manufacturers calls its home there, for the past 100 years. The first grand and upright pianos were crafted in Astoria back in 1853. Tours are given all the time at this astonishing facility.
Famed music performers the “Ramones”, first started to rehearse in a small studio in the basement of Joey’s mom’s art gallery in Flusing. A few other music legends that also lived in Queens are John Williams, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Gene Simmons, and Paul Stanley from the band “Kiss”. Cyndi Lauper, Daniel “Dee” Snider, along with rappers and Hip Hop performers, Ja Rule, 50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J, and Run DMC, were residents as well. Jazz legend Louis Armstrong called Queens home up to his last days, his house is now a museum.
With over 2 million residents, Queens is the most diverse borough out of its’ rival boroughs. If Queens were to secede from New York City and go back to being an individual city before it joined New York City, it would be the 5th largest city in the United States. Queens has about 400,000 less people than Chicago. With that being said, Queens is more than just the borough that houses two of the top ten worst but not the worst airports in the country and home to the “Mets”, Queens has a very rich and dynamic demographic and quite a bit of history that was barely touched in this article. Get out and enjoy Queens for a change maybe go to a Mets game or one of the numerous museums as well.