Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City, geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn at the western end of Long Island. Coterminous with Queens County since 1899, the borough of Queens is the second-largest in population (behind Brooklyn), with approximately 2.3 million residents in 2013, approximately 48% of them foreign-born. Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.
The differing character in the neighborhoods of Queens is reflected by its diverse housing stock ranging from high-rise apartment buildings, especially prominent in the more densely urban areas of western and central Queens, such as Jackson Heights, Flushing, Astoria, and Long Island City, to large, free-standing single-family homes, common in the eastern part of the borough, in neighborhoods that have a more suburban layout like neighboring Nassau County, such as Little Neck, Douglaston, and Bayside.
Queens has the second-largest and most diversified economy of all the five boroughs of New York City; the borough is home to two of the three major New York City area airports (and both major airports in New York City proper), JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.
Among borough attractions there are MoMA PS1 - is the museum of contemporary and experimental art created in affiliation with Museum of Modern Art, New York Hall of Science, Queens Museum, Botanical Garden, Queens Zoo, Citi Field, the home of New York Mets, and many other interesting places.
The cuisine available in Queens reflects its vast cultural diversity. The cuisine of a particular neighborhood often represents its demographics; for example, Astoria hosts many Greek restaurants, in keeping with its traditionally Greek population.