As the largest borough of New York City, Queens County, is more often referred to simply as Queens, New York. With a population of over two million people, Queens has a densely inhabited urban feel. Homes in this area include many types of multi-family properties such as duplexes and high-rise apartment buildings, however, the eastern part of Queens has a more suburban feel with larger single family three and four bedroom homes.
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Queens is truly a melting pot of diverse ethnic communities from all over the world. Rockaway Beach, which sits along the stunning Atlantic Ocean, is a thriving Irish neighborhood. A major summer hot spot, this oceanfront community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy and is now rebuilding major attractions like the boardwalk that were part of its town center. One of the middle class suburban neighborhoods, Astoria, is the heart of the Greek community. Astoria features an impressive system of bike paths and the famous Astoria Park. Jamaica is home to a large population of African American and Caribbean people. This middle class neighborhood features a mix of amenities like cultural attractions, shopping and eclectic food offerings. Flushing, in the northern part of Queens, is a center of the Asian community. Here, residents find the sections of Chinatown and Koreatown, both of which offer authentic cuisine and attractions focusing on Chinese or Korean heritage.
With so much diversity in types of communities and offerings, the employment market in Queens is quite healthy. The largest employer in this area is the city of New York, which employs people in many different types of occupations. Second to the city, the New York City Public School system also employs many people from Queens. Because of the proximity of two major airports in Queens, LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport, there are also many transportation types of jobs available. As part of New York City's metropolitan area, residents of Queens have access to a huge selection of many different types of employment opportunities.