The Flushing Remonstrance signed by colonists in 1657 is considered a precursor to the United States Constitution's provision on freedom of religion in the Bill of Rights.
Concerns were raised about the condition and distance of the old courthouse, and several sites were in contention for the construction of a new one.
In 1870, Long Island City split from the Town of Newtown, incorporating itself as a city, consisting of what had been the Village of Astoria and some unincorporated areas within the Town of Newtown.
The borough has diverse housing, ranging from high-rise apartment buildings in the urban areas of western and central Queens, such as Jackson Heights, Flushing, Astoria, and Long Island City, to suburban neighborhoods in the eastern part of the borough such as Little Neck, Douglaston, and Bayside.
Other early settlements included Newtown (now Elmhurst) and Jamaica.
Originally, Queens County included the adjacent area now comprising Nassau County.
It was an original county of New York State, one of twelve created on November 1, 1683.
These airports are among the busiest in the world, causing the airspace above Queens to be the most congested in the country.
Attractions in Queens include Flushing Meadows Park, Citi Field (home to the New York Mets baseball team), the US Open tennis tournament, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silvercup Studios, and Aqueduct Racetrack.
It became a borough of New York City in 1898, and from 1683 until 1899, the County of Queens included what is now Nassau County.