Airport now takes up the expanse of land where
Jackson’s Mill once stood. Queens, home
to two major airports, is already known for
accepting arrivals from all around the world.
Soon, our borough will also be famous for its
soaring residential towers and booming retail
centers. Given our solid business foundation
and the number of development projects on the
horizon, Queens’ economic future
is looking bright.
Queens No More
is Queens as it once was. Local farmers took their
grain to this spot, the Jackson’s Mill,
where it was processed. Whether cultivating crops
a century ago, or constructing skyscrapers today,
Queens residents have always invested their time
and energy to stimulate the local economy and
improve their quality of life.
Though the only tract of undisturbed farmland
today is at the Queens County Farm Museum, many
New Yorkers still consider Queens to be a quiet,
bedroom community – practically a suburb.
But the seemingly sleepy borough is poised for
Developers are eyeing the borough, lured by the
three transit hubs of Long Island City, Flushing
and Jamiaca, and driven by the momentum of the
world’s most diverse population. As the
rest of the nation stands on shaky ground, Queens
is breaking it.
“We’re going to return the favor to
the people of Manhattan,” Alexandra Rosa
said from her Borough Hall office. “They
can look east and get a great view.”
Mayor Mike Bloomberg recognizes Queens’
potential; he delivered his State of the City
address from Flushing Meadow Corona Park. This
week he announced the Department of City Planning
would be initiating the Uniform Land Use Review
Procedure for Willets Point, Hunter’s Point
South and the Rockaway Peninsula. The plans will
go through a series of public hearings and will
be reviewed by the community boards, the Borough
President, the City Planning Commission and the
It’s a lengthy process. It takes time and
energy. But if there’s one thing we know
as a borough, it’s how to grow.