Queens has the second-largest and most diversified economy of all the five boroughs of New York City, with evenly spread jobs across the health care, retail trade, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and film and television production sectors. Small businesses act as an important part of the borough's economic vitality with two thirds of all business employing between one to four people. Queens is home to two of the three major NYC area airports, JFK International LaGuardia. Attractions include Flushing Meadows Park—home to the New York Mets baseball team and the US Open tennis tournament—Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silvercup Studios, and Aqueduct Racetrack. Queens is on the far west section of geographic Long Island and includes a few smaller islands, most of which are in Jamaica Bay. The Rockaway Peninsula, the most southernly part of all of Long Island, sits between Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, featuring the most prominent public beaches in Queens. Higher educational institutions such as, St. John's University, Queens College in the CUNY system, LaGuardia Community College in the CUNY system, and the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, among others.
Thousands flock to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the annual US Open tennis championship (which finishes this weekend) yet not many, if any, stick around to explore the rest of Queens. But the borough has come a long way since the days when I lived on its eclectic streets (following my upbringing in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg; before its ‘Shoredification’). While Brooklyn has long been the new Manhattan, Queens is quickly becoming the new Brooklyn, with pockets of under-the-radar venues waiting to be discovered by hipster millennials and sophisticated jet-setters alike.