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Posted Tue Dec 6th, 2011 12:58am Post subject: Inaccuracies in episode 1

Hi I'm a native New Yorker and wanted to let you all know that it is totally false to say that the New York City borough of Queens is predominately Italian. Italians make up about 8% of the almost 2.3 million people that live in the borough of Queens. For comparison, Chinese make up 9% of the population of Queens. Stephen later goes on to say "the Italian neighborhood of Queens", which does not make sense since Queens is a borough made up of almost a hundred neighborhoods. Each of New York City's 5 boroughs is also a county, and Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the United States. It's filled with people from all over the world: Blacks, Hispanics, South Asians, East Asians, Greeks, Russian Jews, Guyanese, Trinidadians, the list goes on and on. There are even some old and new Italian neighborhoods with great people and food and old guys playing bocce ball. But it's not a matter of opinion to say that Stephen and his producers got it wrong - they are factually incorrect - all they needed to do was an internet search on Queens demographics. All in all I enjoy the program but if it does indeed aim to be educational as well as entertainment some fact checking is not a lot to ask for.

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