Famous Queens NY

While they may live in Manhattan or Los Angeles now, some of the greatest personalities of our time once called Queens their home. If you think you have a little musician, athlete or politician in the making in your home, inspire them with this edition of they came from Queens — and show them anything is possible from the borough that turns out the stars!

Sports Greats

• Tennis legend John McEnroe grew up in Douglaston

• The Yankees Phil Rizutto hails from Richmond Hill

• Baseball legend, Willie Mays, lived in Elmhurst

• LA Laker, and Mr. Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, was born in Jamaica

• Baseball legend Jackie Robinson hails from St. Albans. His name can be seen on the Interboro, connecting Queens and Brooklyn


• Maria Cuomo was born in Jamaica

• Colin Powell once called Hollis home

• Former first lady Nancy Regan was born in Flushing

• Love him or hate him, presidential hopeful, Donald Trump grew up in Jamaica Estates

• Our first female Vice Presidential nominee, Geraldine Ferraro, resided in Forest Hills


• Everyone loved Ray Romano while he was growing up in Middle Village

• Today Show weatherman, Al Roker, hails from St. Albans

• Before she was an Angel, Lucy Lui spent her childhood in Jackson Heights

• Before hitting it big on Mad About You, Hank Azaria spent his childhood in Forest Hills

• Silent screen legend, Charlie Chapman, lived in Kew Gardens

• Director extraordinaire Francis Ford Coppola resided in Woodside

• Carol O’Connor, AKA Archie Bunker, grew up in Woodside

• Everyone’s favorite nanny, Fran Drescher, was born in Flushing

• Jerry Seinfeld grew up in Forest Hills and went to Queens College

• Fashion designer Donna Karan grew up in Forest Hills


• The Beloved Tony Bennett was born in Astoria

• James Brown was feeling good in St. Albans

• Both Simon and Garfunkel hail from Forest Hills

• Beloved composer Oscar Hammerstein was resided in Whitestone

• KISS frontman Paul Stanley grew up in Flushing

• Cyndi Lauper had fun growing up in Ozone Park

• Madonna lived in Corona during her early days in NYC

• The Ramones rocked out in Forest Hills