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Queens is the largest in area and the second most populous of the five boroughs of New York City , New York , USA. The borough is coterminous with Queens County , a county of New York State .
Located on the western portion of Long Island , Queens is home to New York City's two major airports ( John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia ), the New York Mets baseball team, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (home of the annual U.S. Open ), Kaufman Astoria Studios , Silvercup Studios , Flushing Meadows Corona Park , and Queens Center (the most profitable per-square-foot mall in America).
As of the 2005 American Community Survey, immigrants comprise 47.6% of Queens residents.  With a population of 2.2 million it is the second most populous borough in New York City (behind Brooklyn ) and the tenth most populous county in the United States. The 2.2 million figure is the highest historical population for the borough.  Were each borough an independent city, Queens would be the 4th largest city in the United States.
Queens was established in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties of New York and was supposedly named for the then- queen consort , Catherine of Braganza , the Catholic wife of Charles II   (this is not supported by contemporary documents). The borough is often considered one of the more suburban boroughs of New York City. Neighborhoods in central (except those situated along Queens Boulevard ), southern, and eastern Queens have a look and feel similar to the bordering suburbs of western Nassau County . In its northwestern section, however, Queens is home to many urban neighborhoods and several central business districts.
Enjoy Green Spaces in Queens
When Queens became part of New York City in 1898, the mostly rural borough had few public parks, but lots of farmland.
Today, the 7,106 acres of parkland are interspersed in more than 400 parks, playgrounds, triangles and malls throughout the borough's 14 Community Boards. These parks are places where you can play ball, listen to music, explore the wonders of nature and enjoy a few precious moments with family and friends. This land can be a refuge from the hectic pace of city life.