Experience Quintessential Queens: Celebrating America’s
Fourth Largest City on video!
Standing alone, the borough of Queens would be America's
fourth largest city. Yet, as one of New York's five boroughs, it doesn't always
receive the recognition it deserves for its vitality, diversity, and cultural
heritage. Quintessential Queens: Celebrating America's Fourth Largest City was
an all-day conference held in October 2013 that celebrated both this remarkable
borough and the 75th anniversary of one of its most important institutions,
Queens College of the City University of New York.
Queens College has long been among the intellectual and
cultural centers of this borough of more than two million people.
Quintessential Queens gathered academics, government employees, college and
high school students, and the public to learn about the place of Queens in the
world, the nation, and the city. Lectures by experts on Queens covered the
borough broadly, including the evolution of Queens and its defining events, its
landscape and natural places, its demographics, its neighborhoods, its long
history of welcoming immigrants, and its place in literature and popular