The biggest and second most populated of the five boroughs, Queens is quite literally the landing and taking off point for many as they leave or return to the city, but it’s far more than airports and commuters, with plenty to offer all on its own. Thriving with community and diversity, Queens is a little more of a melting pot than carefully curated Manhattan.

In true New York fashion, Queens is home to just about anything and everything you could ever hope to see, do or eat. From taking in a Mets game to checking out cinematic history at the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens has something for everyone. Tisch freshman and Queens native Douglas McHugh thinks Queens especially won’t be running out of food anytime soon.

“Like, Queens is as excessive with deli’s as Manhattan is with pharmacies,” McHugh said.

And as it grows home to more mainstream spots such as Shake Shack and Chipotle, CAS junior Tiffany Minto summed Queens up succinctly:

“It’s all so strange to me because for a while the beauty of Queens was just in the nature and the people.”

Top Three Food Places:

HinoMaru Ramen

Cheeburger Cheeburger

Don Alex

Top Three weekend Activities:

Flushing Meadows Park

Arthur Ashe Stadium (home of the U.S. Open)

Citi Field (home of the New York Mets)

Must-see Place:

Flushing Meadows Park

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, October 3 print edition. Email Rachel Ruecker at [email protected].