We are continuing one of the most detailed examinations of how Queens residents see their neighborhoods, with the second installment of our City Poll. It turns out that people in the city's largest borough overwhelmingly love it—although there are concerns it's getting too expensive. Are they optimistic about the future, though? NY1’s Josh Robin filed this report.
Queens, USA. They're loving it, and not leaving it.
"I was born and raised and Queens, and I definitely have had the opportunity to leave—but why would I? It's the greatest borough," says one resident.
Six in 10 agree. They report they'd stay in their neighborhood or move to another neighborhood, as long as it was also in Queens.
Why do they stay? A lot of reasons, but the greatest number say friends and family.
"When I migrated here, it's where my family was," says one person.
"The big reason is my mom, my mom. She doesn't want to move," one resident says.
Most people in Queens say life won't get worse.
Forty-four percent of Queens residents we talked with say it will stay about the same. Thirty-four percent say it will get better. Fifteen percent say it will get worse. Seven percent aren't sure, or refuse to answer.
The numbers are about the same when people talk about their neighborhood.
Our poll is seen as the most comprehensive ever of how Queens residents not only view their borough, but their communities.
“The poll really gets into discussion of their neighborhoods, their daily lives, their travels, what they think about their neighborhoods," says Baruch College pollster Mickey Blum.
Of course, people say there are problems in Queens.
"A good chunk of my paychecks goes towards rent. And I don't how people make $30,000, $40,000 in the city and actually survive," one resident says.
Like citywide, a lack of affordable housing tops the list, when it comes to the most important issue facing Queens.
Twenty-three percent of Queens residents say it's the most important problem.
Mass transit and quality of public schools is at 16 percent. Crime comes in at 12 percent.
What about Melinda Katz? Can Queens residents tell us who she is?
"I'm not sure who that is,” one resident responds.
Robin: “Who is Melinda Katz?”
Resident: “I would say borough president.”
Just ten percent of Queens residents knew that, though. Eighty-three percent didn't know, or weren't sure.
One thing is clear: people are generally content with the borough she leads.