People from the borough of Queens usually refer to themselves as from their particular neighborhood, such as Forest Hills, Kew Gardens or Flushing. “Queenser” has been cited in print very infrequently since at least 1995. A person from Queens has also infrequently been called a “Queensite.” The Queens Tribune, a newspaper for the borough, uses “Queensite” but not “Queenser.”
The names of inhabitants of other boroughs include “Bronxite” (the Bronx), “Brooklynite” (Brooklyn), “Manhattanite” (Manhattan) and “Staten Islander” (Staten Island).
Queens is the easternmost of the five boroughs of New York City, the largest in area and the second-largest in population. Since 1899, Queens has had the same boundaries as Queens County, which is now the second most populous county in New York State and the fourth-most densely populated county in the United States. Queens, as well as neighboring borough Brooklyn, sits on the west end of geographic Long Island. Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world with a population of over 2.2 million, 48% of whom are foreign-born, representing over 100 different nations and speaking over 138 different languages.
If each New York City borough were an independent city, Queens would be America’s fourth most populous city, after Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn. Queens has the second-largest and most diversified economy of all the five boroughs of New York City. Long Island City, on the Queens waterfront across from Manhattan on the East River, is the site of the Citicorp Building, the tallest skyscraper in New York City outside Manhattan and the tallest building on geographic Long Island.
Queens was established in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties of New York and was named for the Queen consort, Catherine of Braganza (1638–1705), the Portuguese princess who married King Charles II of England in 1662.
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The “Outer Boroughs Saga”
On 1 Jul 1995 17:34:07 GMT, (Eric Cohen) wrote:
: Another native Bronxian who has never said “the city” to mean Manhattan
: (and neither has anyone in my family), but who has noticed Queensers so
Julie and Julia:
365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
By Julie Powell
New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company
Big bald burly security men would appear out of nowhere, screaming, “Move back! Move back!” and Queensers would part like a howling Red Sea before a neat file of Wall Street analysts and soccer moms.
Lauren Agnelli Words and Music
Thursday, February 2, 2012
2-01-12 Survival Jobs for Writer-Musicians – Starter Job #30 (Rock Writer Trixie Goes off on a tangent: Anglophilia and the Douglaston Syndrome)
When I moved out of Queens, NY, I vowed to not sound like a “Queenser,” so I watched the way I spoke, and altered my diction so people couldn’t place me so readily.
Great Queensers: Carolyn Farina
By amol on June 9, 2012
Carolyn Farina – the sweet heroine of the classic Whit Stillman film Metropolitan. Bayside native. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolyn_Farina#section_1
Famous Queensers: Jack Kerouac’s home in Queens
By amol on June 10, 2012
For just a few years after Columbia. (He was an MA native.)