|Land Area:||109.7 sq miles|
Unlike more populous Brooklyn, Queens has never been a separate city or, rather, it has never been one city (the part of Queens closest to Manhattan has - that's why it is still called "Long Island City"). This heritage is the reason why large swaths of Queens are still organized as a collection of villages, with no overall center, each with its own internal structure. This is also why, in contrast to the other boroughs (notably Brooklyn), Queens mailing addresses are formed with the original town names, as if those addressed did not belong to New York City.
Queens is sometimes called "the immigrant borough" for its diversity. All neighborhoods have their share of immigrant population but Flushing, Jackson Heights, Astoria, Sunnyside, and Woodside stand out as the most diverse.
These neighborhoods are the closest to Manhattan:
Community Districts 3, 4, 5, 6:
Community districts 7 & 11
Community Districts 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14