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Named in honour of the wife of Charles II of England, Queens was one of the rare places where postwar immigrants could buy their own homes and establish their own communities (Astoria, for example, holds the world’s largest concentration of Greeks outside Greece). Other than exploring the ethnic neighbourhoods here, the major attraction in Queens is the American Museum of the Moving Image, in the old Paramount complex in Astoria, at 35th Avenue and 36th Street (M or R to Steinway; call or check website for new hours t 718/784-0077, w movingimage.us). The museum, devoted to the history of film, video and TV, just completed a major renovation that added an adjacent three-storey building with a theatre and education centre. The core exhibit, “Behind the Screen”, contains more than 125,000 objects, including old movie cameras and special-effects equipment; early televisions; all kinds of costumes and props, including the chariot from Ben Hur; fan magazines, posters and enough Star Wars action figures to make an obsessed fan drool with envy. There’s a real focus on interactivity, too, as you have the opportunity to create a short animated film, make a soundtrack and see how live television is edited.