Queens is CRAP, are you kidding? Brooklyn is much better than Queens. The only thing going for Queens is if you live in Astoria you are very close to midtown. Brooklyn on the other hand as great areas like Brooklyn Heights (veddy expensive, as expensive as Manhathan, but such a beautiful neighborhood!) Park Slope, Cobble Hill, etc etc. Not that Brooklyn doesn't have it's bad parts, but on the whole, Brooklyn has nicer areas with tree lined streets and better architecture. Queens, is just UGLY UGLY UGLY, and has some of the worst places (like most of the neighborhoods along the 7 train line).