How Queens is becoming king
For years, Queens was usually identified by the cast of TV characters coming from there-Archie Bunker, George Costanza’s screeching parents and Fran Drescher, the nasal-challenged nanny.
But recently, the talk centers around who’s going there, thanks to a number of developments that have upped the borough’s Q factor, particularly in Long Island City and Astoria, waterfront neighborhoods with excellent access to Manhattan, and a growing base of sophisticated services.
Industrial and artistic, Long Island City seems perpetually on the edge of great things. It boasts an award-winning urban park, killer views, and world-class cultural institutions such as P.S. 1 and the Noguchi Museum. Also nearby, the newly refurbished Museum of the Moving Image, Silver Cup and Kaufman Astoria studios lend star appeal. And a new seal of approval: Prudential Douglas Elliman