Queens, New York is the of the 5 boroughs of New York City and is the closest thing to a "suburb" you will get in this metropolis. It connects Manhattan to Long Island and you can travel straight across Queens via the Long Island Railroad for about $8 or the 7 train, which runs both locally and on an express track during certain hours.
Queens is home to both airports (JFK and LGA), Shea Stadium, Flushing (chinatown of Queens), Little Neck (little neck clams!), and much much more!
It is not really a great touristy place, but if you meet a native NYer, there is a high probability they'll be from Queens. =)
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