The borough of Queens is a massive multi-ethnic urban complex with a population of slightly more than 2 million people. The largest of the city's boroughs, Queens lies to the north and east of Brooklyn and spans 118 square miles. To the east of Queens is the rest of Long Island, which comprises Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Con Edison serves over 737,000 residential and commercial electric customers and more than 203,000 residential and commercial gas customers in Queens.
From the beginning in the early 17th century, Queens has always been known as a collection of settlements or communities, beginning as Dutch settlements in Astoria, Hunters Point, and Dutch Kills, and English settlements in Maspeth, Newtown (now Elmhurst), Flushing, and Jamaica. Over the centuries, newer urban communities such as Jackson Heights, Middle Village, Glendale, Richmond Hill, Queens Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Morris Park, and Hollis have become home to emerging populations of Greeks, Italians, African-Americans, Irish, Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Israelis, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Colombian's, other Hispanics, and many other groups.
A readily accessible workforce, open land, and the construction of mass transit and railroads spawned countless manufacturers and businesses over the centuries.
Among its well-known attractions are Flushing Meadows Corona
Park, home of two World Fairs (1939-40 and 1964-65); Flushing,
home of the U.S. Tennis Open; Shea Stadium, home of the New York
Mets; and extensive beaches, including the Rockaways.