I live in Woodside in Queens, NY. There is a huge Latin and South American population here. Queens has remarkably been termed as the most ethnically diverse state of all the United States. However, the municipal’s established regional community sets, which are the fundamental linkages mediating the communities and city administration, fails to correspondingly indicate the metropolitan demographics they represent if an analysis by the Eagle and Measure of America is anything to by (Katz, 2015). The Whites people groups are also incorporated in these community sets, and the male gender exceeds the female gender at a significant rate on most of the community sets. The Latinx populations are represented most often by a considerable margin — on all of the community set except one community board; the Asian people are underrepresented on all but four community sets. Meanwhile, the Women population is comprised of not over 40% of all the members within the community sets. Of the six community set participants, 663 of the subtotals are identified as LGBTQ on their native practices (2015).
The Queens communities have the uniqueness of being the most socially diverse district in New York City. About half of the city’s populace has foreign nationality. The nearby cities in northwest Queens, including Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona, are significant immigrant entry points of communities having the biggest foreigner populations in New York. Immigrants located in the community sets 2, 3, 4, and 7 are the highest foreign-born population (Katz, 2015). Above 190 nationalities live in this city-state, and more than 200 dialects are spoken all over the Borough. In Queens, no single racial or ethnic people group is dominant; this indicates Borough’s high level of diverse inter-cultural relations. This ideal city is home to more than 2.3 million occupants. The consistent linkage that ties these different societies and changes them into mutual communities is the aspect that defines the unique character of Queens. The Borough’s divergent populations progressively increase, as alien populations currently grow up to 48% of the Borough’s populace (Pennel et al. 2018). Indigenous immigrant portals like Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Corona, and Flushing are currently the communities with the most noteworthy inhabitants’ populations born form other countries apart from the United States in the whole city.
Immigrant and Intercultural facilities: The immigrant populace remains, to a great extent, underserved. Inhabitants with low English literacy currently is at 28.9% of the city, showing a need for a wide and developing scope of social help backing and language access to City administrations (Pennel et al. 2018). The New York City, which has more developed English literate immigrant personnel need to offer accessible support in various dialects, and efforts should be enhanced with the goal that socially sensitive programming can be made accessible.
Social Affairs: The city is home to some of the most iconic structures and establishments on the planet, including the worldwide known Unisphere and New York State Pavilion. Territories like Astoria and Long Island City are setting up themselves as major social center points. In mid-2014, the New York City Council gave a Proclamation assigning area around Kaufman Astoria Studios as the city’s first art exhibition region (Kroessler, 2018). The community’s special blend of adaptively recycled private, business, and processed structures has acted as a catalyst for development in culture and arts. From the year 2014, the Queen’s executive has effectively upheld for Queens’ developing socio-cultural sectors, rectifying the misinterpretation that Manhattan is the only basis of a major cultural hub in the city. This was completed by featuring the wide scope of projects that are interesting to the city in light of our ethnic diversity. The Queen’s city administration has also contributed more than $28.43 million in the course of the last five financial years in capital assets for the improvement of the Borough’s socio-cultural projects.
The travel industry: Tourism still is a significant financial supporter not to Queens’ neighborhood economy only, but also to the whole city (Katz, 2015). Queens is currently third, after New York, in about 20%, or $8,792,315, in tourism expenditure in 2017 (2015). Since 2014, the Queen’s administration has effectively lobbied for a brand message for the city as a tourist destination point and is now renowned as “The World’s Borough.” This included supplanting all the Department of Transportation Welcome to Queen’s indications on every single significant avenue to incorporate the trademark “Queens – The World’s Borough” and promoting this motto as a brand title. The focus on Queens keeps on developing as it is increasingly viewed as a global must-go tourist destination. The Queen’s administration anticipates to keep working with neighborhood organizations, government accomplices, and foundations to wholly promote the endeavors of immigrant passage societies and improving cultural diversity as a tourist attraction factor.
Economic growth: Queens’ diversity is not restricted to its ethnic and cultural constitution. The community economy is strong, and contrary to other cities, there exists no economy monopoly by any specific firm. The biggest basis of growth of employment in Queens is the development of health care services, infrastructure, and commerce. Developing significant business sub-centers has been the primary aim for the Queen’s administration, with the objective of both developing the economy and supporting small scale ventures.
Housing: Queens’ people groups have gone beyond the scale of the accessible housing stock. Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona are still the rapidly stuffed housing units in the whole city. Public housing by the New York City Housing Authority is prevalent throughout the city. However, waitlists are long, and, because of budget constraints, the New York City Housing Authority has had constrained adequacy in overseeing buildings. As the New York housing project was initiated with the objective of constructing 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026, 109,767 units of moderate housing have been developed in the entire city. So far, only 10,085 of those units, or 9.2%, were in Queens (Kroessler, 2018). This gap is exacerbated considering the former organization’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, of the 157,230 units of affordable housing made, just 16,530, or 10.5%, were in Queens.
Existing Conditions and Issues: Homelessness is an issue citywide, also in Queens. In June 2018, there were 61,421 people on streets, incorporating 14,934 destitute families with 22,266 destitute children, stranded in the New York City shelter system (Kroessler, 2018). New York City has seen the biggest decline in the number of destitute families in the nation between the years of 2011 and 2017 – while impoverished families across the nation increased by 2%, New York City had a reduced rate of 4%.64. Ensuring safe housing for homeless people has been a progressing challenge in Queens city.
Seniors: Queens harbors the rapidly developing aging populaces in the city. Populations of above 60 years hit 447,000 interpreting to about 29% of New York City’s old age population and 20% of the Borough’s whole population. The elderly populace is progressively diverse, with over half involving the increasing immigrant population and the rising LGBTQ populace.
Veterans: Queens has a heritage of the most elevated number of veterans in the five cities, just as the most diverse individuals involved as civil servants in various administrative systems such as the Armed Forces. The only commemoration in Queens devoted to Vietnam Veterans that was set to unveil things took place in 2018 at Elmhurst Park. However, many stay destitute, jobless, and underemployed and needing social insurance. About 4% of veterans in Queens between the ages of 18 to 64 are jobless; veterans between the ages of 18 and 34 have an unemployment rate of 5.6%.12 In 2016, the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Services opened its first satellite office in Queen’s city-state Borough Hall, an activity that the Queens Borough President had pushed for before.
Healthcare and Human Services: One of the major difficulties confronting the Borough is the delivery of accessible and affordable healthcare. This challenge has become more severe with the closure of five main acute care medical clinics. Queens is, as of now, the most under-staffed with inadequate facilities in the city. The main issues health of the community involves lack of adequate primary care capacity; emergency rooms become the primary care supplier, lack of primary care facilities, and infrastructure deficiencies at hospitals preventing facilities from serving residents.
NYC DOHMH Community Health Profiles (King et al. 2015) –
Jackson Heights: Health Insurance
38% of grown-ups have no medical coverage, first in NYC
Average in Queens: 22%
Average in NYC: 20%
Jackson Heights: New HIV Diagnoses
41.0 per 100,000 populaces
Average in Queens: 20.5
Average in NYC: 30.4
Elmhurst and Corona: Health Insurance
36% of grown-ups have no medical coverage, positions second in NYC
Average in Queens: 22%
Average in NYC: 20%
Jamaica and Hollis: Infant Mortality
9.0 per 1,000 live births, positions first in NYC
Average in Queens: 4.7
Average in NYC: 4.7
Rockaway and Broad Channel: Hospitalization Due to Stroke
467 for every 100,000 grown-ups, positions third in NYC
Average in Queens: 305
-Average in NYC: 319
Rockaway and Broad Channel: Psychiatric Hospitalizations
1,197 for every 100,000 grown-ups, positions fifth in NYC
Average in Queens: 500
Average in NYC:684
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