Queens is a fascinating food, culture and historic destination in New York. Although Queens is not as popular as its nearby cities like Brooklyn or Manhattan, this borough is becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in New York. And this is because Queens has everything – the history, views, food and culture – you’d find in the big cities without the crowds or cut-throat prices. Here are more details about this wonderful borough.
The borough of Queens sits majestically on the far western end of Long Island and is the biggest borough by land size in the state. With some smaller islands within its region – located in Jamaica Bay, Queens is bordered by Nassau County to its east, Staten Island to the southwest, and the Bronx to the north across the East River. To the west of Queens, also across the East River, lies Manhattan, and the only other borough on Long Island, Brooklyn, is located on the southwest end of the Island.
Historically, Queens is one of the most important boroughs in New York, as it was the location of two prominent world fairs in 1939 and 1964. It has the second largest population in all the five boroughs of New York City and is home to two major airports in the country – John F. Kennedy International and La Guardia airport. The area is home to a uniquely diversified population; it’s also known as the most linguistically diverse place in the world. In other words, there are approximately 138 languages spoken throughout Queens as a borough. Therefore, the number of people who speak other languages exceed those who speak only English in this borough. Several businesses ranging across various industries, including film production, are present in this urban city. Queens also has higher institutions like York College and City University of New York; scientific and cultural landmarks including the Museum of the Moving Image, The Bohemian Hall, Noguchi’s Modern Sculpture, 5 Pointz – a landmark graffiti art, New York Hall of Science, and so much more; sports attractions like Citi Field, and lots of public parks and beaches. The Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens hosted both World Fairs held in the city, and is home to some major landmark features including the Unispere globe and the New York State Pavilion.
The geography of Queens, New York, spans over an area of 460 km2 (178 sq mi), which includes about 180 km2 (70 sq mi) of water and 280 km2 (109 sq mi) of solid land area. Sitting extremely west of Long Island, this borough is bounded to its south and west by Newton Creek, which flows into East River, Flushing Bay and Flushing River to the north, and the East River to the west and north which opens into the Long Island Sound. A glacier deposit crosses the city’s middle from the Wisconsin Glacier, and in the southernmost part of Queens lies The Rockaway Peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay.
Queens is blessed with a humid subtropical climate that is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean, like all the rest of New York. The city’s location, partially shielded by the Appalachian Mountains, gives it a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classificationCfa) with its annual average highest temperature around 84.3 oF (28.89 oC) in summer, and average lowest temperature around 26.3 oF (-3.17 oC) during the winter months. This metropolitan area also gets rainfall throughout the year with an estimated annual rainfall of 46.4 inches, making it one of the wettest places in New York. Although during autumn and spring, it can also get chilly in the borough, it has an overall pleasant climatic condition for residence.
Like the rest of New York, the city is guided by the same New York City Administrative Code concerning ice and snow removal from properties. Residents are expected to remove the snow or hire a snow clearing company to do it for them. Although during autumn and spring, it can also get chilly in the borough, it has an overall pleasant climatic condition for residence.
The best grass to plant in Queens is tall fescue. This grass type requires low maintenance, and is fully acclimatized to warm and cold weather. The challenge in Queens, like most of the Eastern portion of the state, is handling the sub-tropical climate.
If you don’t like the look and feel of fescue, other options include Kentucky Bluegrass, fine fescue, and perennial ryegrass. You can also go for a mixture of grasses like a 60 – 40% mix of Kentucky Bluegrass and tall fescue.
Organic fertilizers are of the most appropriate fertilizer materials for home lawns in Queens, New York. This is because organic fertilizers are made from naturally occurring substances and as such they are safe, effective, and promote natural deep root systems.
Maintaining a beautiful lawn involves several practices including
• Regular mowing: Make sure you mow your lawn regularly but remember to cut no more than one-third of the grass blade when mowing.
• Regular weeding: You can also apply herbicides – even if your lawn is organic, there are natural weed control methods you can use. • Pruning and foliage trimming
• Application of suitable fertilizers (chemical or organic), and occasional use of pesticides.
The borough of Queens has different districts namely Residential, Commercial and Manufacturing, as listed in its zoning code. These districts are regulated by the same laws governing landscaping in the entire state. A quick read through the New York City Streetscaping Laws will help you familiarize yourself with the regulations.
In conclusion, the following conditions are most appropriate to give your lawn the best care in Queens, NY.
• Climate Type: Humid Sub-Tropical
• Growth Season: April-September
• Spring Cut Height: 3”
• Summer Cut Height: 3 – 3.5”
• Fall Cut Height: 3”
• Best Grass Seed: Kentucky Blue Grass
• Best Water Pattern: every other day during June-August
• Soil Type: Acidic
• When to Fertilize: Spring and Fall