I loved living in Queens and I loved living in Brooklyn. Both places have a lot of culture and interesting things to do. I really miss the cocktails at Dutch Kills, seeing music at BAM, the 24-Korean grocery stores, the Brooklyn Flea, incredible Thai food whenever I wanted it, Little Tibet, my garden, the farmer's markets, PS1, The Secret Theater, and lots and lots of other enjoyable things. I probably would have been perfectly happy in each place if I didn't have to commute to Manhattan.
But housing costs there were also rising and rising. I left Queens and have a two bedroom apartment where I can walk to work in Chicago for the same price.