Lifestyle Why 2015 was the year all your friends moved to Queens By MELISSA KRAVITZ email@example.com Updated December 19, 2015 3:59 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Bye bye Brooklyn. All of your friends moved to Queens this year, we know. And it's not just in your head! Streeteasy shared with us that sales in Queens rose by 61.51% from 2014 to 2015, and rental listings increased by 41.34%. Everyone wants to be a Queensian! If you haven't visited your newly Queens-settled friends it's fine, you'll move there soon enough. Here's why 2015 was the year everyone you know and love abandoned you for the biggest borough. Because Queens was named the top destination for 2015 Photo Credit: thedamian via Flickr In late 2014, Lonely Planet deemed Queens, New York as the best spot to visit in 2015! New Yorkers read that as a sign to run and snatch up a lease or mortgage before Queens Boulevard became the next Times Square. Spoiler: it didn't. Because tourists don't actually go there Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Selfie sticks may have taken over Manhattan and Brooklyn this year, but a Queens tourist center was forced to close thanks to lack of tourists. Well done, travelers. For Queens residents, however, there are plenty of destinations to tour within the borough, including Flushing's Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant, pictured. Because elevated trains allow for almost constant cell service Photo Credit: IntExp7 via Flickr You can check your Timehop on your commute! Instagram on your way back from dinner! In the age of LTE, elevated train lines are a major draw to any neighborhood. Because Chick-fil-A didn't open in Queens Photo Credit: Burnside Biscuits via Facebook While the mallification -- that is, becoming exactly like a suburban mall -- of Manhattan and now even North Williamsburg is too real, Queens is still home to plenty of small, locally owned businesses. For fried chicken, Queensians flocked to Burnside Biscuits in Astoria this year, which boasted an even longer wait time than the wrap-around line at midtown's Chick-fil-A. Because Queens was more prominent in Michelin's dining guide than ever before Photo Credit: Casa Enrique via Facebook Queens has the dining scene all the other boroughs wish they had. From tiny ethnic haunts to upscale, Michelin starred and Bib Gourmand eateries, Queens is full of endlessly delicious and affordable dining options. Because Queens rent isn't increasing like crazy Photo Credit: Streeteasy According to Streeteasy, the median rent for an apartment in Queens in 2014 and 2015 was $2100. That's a 0% year-to-year median increase! Try finding that, well, anywhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Pictured: A $2000 rental in Astoria. Because Brooklyn was too far anyway. Photo Credit: Bow and Drape All those Manhattan friends who didn't move to Brooklyn? They weren't visiting anywhere past the first stop on the L train. May as well move somewhere else they won't visit. Because Santacon doesn't come to Queens Photo Credit: Getty Images / Don Emmert Drunk Santas roam from Bushwick to Williamsburg and Greenpoint and the East and West Village, but Queens is still safe from the notorious seasonal debauchery. Reason enough to switch boroughs, really. Because Quooklyn. Photo Credit: catchesthelight via Flickr The New York Times discovered the already-developed territory of Quooklyn back in 2014 and still tried to make it happen in 2015. Millenials soon realized they could move to neighborhoods like Ridgewood, Queens and Long Island City and be within walking distance to actual Brooklyn, without paying Brooklyn rents ... Because one really cool friend moved to Queens and then everyone followed Photo Credit: Lockwood Shop Come on, everyone! By MELISSA KRAVITZ firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.