Queens Travel Guide

  • Flushing Meadow/Corona Park
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  • Rockaway Beach
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  • Grafitti from the 7-line
    Grafitti from the 7-line
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Queens Highlights

  • Pro
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    sharala says…

     Parks, beaches, so many ethnic neighborhoods! 

  • Con
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    liqdstar says…

     well, ill be honest- it does pale in comparison to manhattan 

  • In a nutshell
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    tziotissa says…

     Surreal, So Real, and just one subway stop from Manhattan 

Queens Things to Do

  • Rockaway Beach

    Of all the beaches in the city Rockaway is one of my favorite. The beach is much cleaner than most others in the five boros and it isn't as crowded. We enjoy spending a nice hot summer day relaxing and enjoying the beach as often as we can and most recently spent a few hours in the afternoon catching some sun. If you decide to "bathe" in this...

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  • Flushing Meadow/Corona Park

    This place was the site of the 1964(?) Worlds Fair. The fair left its mark leaving a few great sites to see. One being the globe in the central fountain. It is huge. In the summer there is water shooting up all around it making it look to be floating. Yeah it looks like a ribcage with countries as skin patches but its nice to see if you dig a whole...

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  • Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Garden

    This place is a little out of the way but for those who seek you will be very satisfied. This is the studio of Isamu Noguchi, and after his death they turned his place into a museum. Has many Japanese hints such as a huge backyard with many native Japanese shrubery and rock garden. The Art Loop bus will take you to this from PS1. He was a very...

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  • NYs Other Chinatown (and Koreantown)

    Flushing Queens is a realer (is that a word?) Chinatown or Korean town then what you get in overtouristpopulated ChinaTown in downtown Manhatten. Once you get off the subway you are whisked into another world. Just roaming around feels like you left NY completely and ended up in Seoul or Shang Hai I can't tell which. I know Korean letters have alot...

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  • Astoria Park

    This park sits in Northern Queens in Astoria. The park has a pool there that is tremendous, people say the 2nd largest in the country but who knows what that means. The Tri Boro Bridge is there o the south end and cutting through the middle is the Hells Gate bridge. I believe its called Hells Gate cause some boats have gone down in the river below...

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  • PS 1 Contemporary Art Center

    This si one of the most interesting places to see modern art. Its in affiliation with the Museum of Modern Art. Just walk all around this place and don't forget to look in nook and crannies because you may just find an installation under that toilet seat.

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Queens Restaurants

  • Pollo Rico Peruvian Food

    Having visited Peru, I am a fan of their food and so it was a surprise to me when our friend had a Peruvian restaurant offering yummy food near her in Queens! Amazing! So, I did not waste my time and had food there on our very first day. As always, Peruvian chicken did not fail to please. The rotisserie chicken is yummy and very flavourful and you...

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  • Ornella Trattoria

    Ornella's is a new Italian resturant in Astoria and quite honestly a gem. The owners are friends of my brother in law. We have been here twice for family diners and have loved it. The restaurant is small but comfortable; we didn't feel cramped. The walls have painted murals to depict Italian street scenes. The walls are decorated in warm colors...

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  • Cositas Ricas

    Ok. So maybe we ordered the wrong items, but we were not thrilled with this place. A medium sized diner specializing in Colombian and Latin food. I do not remember the names of what we ate but you can see pics of it all here. The beef and pork dishes were good but the chicken did not impress. We did take takeout home for Kristara. So hopefully she...

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  • Corato I

    When we lived in Queens, this was one of our favorite take out pizza joints around our neighborhood. They are a full restaurant where you can eat your meal in or take-away, or order for delivery. We would usually order either a pizza pie (half sausage, half pepperoni) or one of their many sandwiches, usually on Thursdays during our "movie night at...

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  • Cheeburger, Cheeburger

    OMG...other than at Shake Shack in Citifield, I don't think I have had such a good burger in a long time. Cheeburger, Cheeburger is a really nice find here in Forest Hills and they serve up cheeseburgers any way you like. They menu is quite large with an assortment of sandwiches salads and of course cheeseburgers (if you don't want cheese you...

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  • La Porteña

    Stuffed Meat and Quilmes. We came here as stop number one of the VT food tour Saturday June 16. I suggested most stick to the appetizer menu since the plan was to move to another place and eat again and again. This led several of us to the stuffed meat and potato salad. The meat was good and the potato salad was great. Washed down with Quilmes...

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Queens Nightlife

  • Glenlo Tavern

    Ferni and I often found ourselves here on a Sunday during football season when we lived in the neighborhood. The pub was just a short walking distance from our home which was good as we didn't have to worry about driving. This is a local bar that gets quite crowded during the afternoon games. The bar is a nice size with two separete areas, one...

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  • Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

    This place is the tale of two visits. I chose it for the evening of the NYC June 2007 meeting based on a visit I made earlier in the year. The first visit we kept to the inside and it was a lot of fun. A small inside bar keeps everything friendly and together. They have dining rooms and an large outside. The outside beer garden on the Saturday...

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  • Tupelo

    Yuki, my lady, use to live next door to this bar which we considered the best of the boro. She would walk by on her daily morning city voyage and a Dread wearing dude told her to come by that night, so naturally we accepted and dropped by. To our suprise they had a live experimental band and a fireplace ripping. The interior was detailed with a...

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  • L.I.C.

    The owners of the Pencil Factory are making an iron curtain of beautiful establishments on the shores of Brooklyn and Queens. Their newest addition, LIC adds to their two other beautiful establishments The Greenpoint Coffee House and the Pencil Factory both in Greenpoint Brooklyn. (see my Brooklyn page). They hopped over the Newtown Creek and...

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  • Slice of LES in Queens

    Yuki, my lady, use to live next door to this bar which we considered the best of the boro. She would walk by on her daily morning city voyage and a Dread wearing dude told her to come by that night, so naturally we accepted and dropped by. To our suprise they had a live experimental band and a fireplace ripping. The interior was detailed with a...

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  • Watching a football game at the...

    Ferni and I often found ourselves here on a Sunday during football season when we lived in the neighborhood. The pub was just a short walking distance from our home which was good as we didn't have to worry about driving.This is a local bar that gets quite crowded during the afternoon games. The bar is a nice size with two separete areas, one with...

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Queens Transportation

  • by keeper7 Written Apr 23, 2005

    Here is a list of trains you can take to go into and around Queens:

    From Manhattan you can take the:
    N, R, W, F, V, E & 7 Trains

    From Brooklyn you can take the:
    G

    From Long Island:
    Long Island RailRoad (LIRR)

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Queens Shopping

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  • Exotic Grocers

    Patel Brothers is a large Indian grocery store in Jackson Heights. You can find everything you need to cook your own Indian dishes. There is no exotic Indian spice that is not there. You can also buy big bags of cashews, pistacchios, rice, lentils, you name it. It's there. There is also a very good selection of already prepared frozen...

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  • I used to shop here alot in High School

    They mostly have little shops in here that sell jewelry, clothing, sneakers, urban gear, and alot of other cheap stuff. It is on Jamaica Ave. where it is nothing but shops. Urban Gearsneakers about $50-$100 not much at all

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  • Austin Street

    austin street is the best shopping area in queens. walk up and down the street, and you'll find everything from the gap and banana republic, to small individually owned boutiques. theres plenty of shoe stores, hair salons, jewelry stores, etc. Sometimes you can find a pretty good deal at the Annie Sez next to Barnes and Nobles. anything. you can...

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Queens Warnings and Dangers

  • Common sense

    Queens has more than 2.5 million inhabitants and compared to other places of this size really low crime rates. The areas bordering Nassau County (Little Neck, Floral Park, Queens Village, Cambria Heights, St. Albans) are definitely among the safest as well as the ones in the north (College Point, Bay Terrace, Flushing, Jackson Heights etc.) and the...

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  • watch your back

    Queens can be dangerous in the right parts. stay off shore blvd @ night. stay out of queensbridge projects, ravenswood projects, and astoria projects. stay out of jamaica, hollis, st. albans, cambria heights, and east elmhurst. people get shot in these areas at an alarming rate

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  • watch your back

    Queens can be dangerous in the right parts. stay off shore blvd @ night. stay out of queensbridge projects, ravenswood projects, and astoria projects. stay out of jamaica, hollis, st. albans, cambria heights, and east elmhurst. people get shot in these areas at an alarming rate

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Queens Off The Beaten Path

  • World's Fair Marina / Flushing Promenade

    A 1.5 mile walkway between East Elmhurst and Flushing. Entrance is at 27 ave over the Grand Central Parkway. A quiet scenic walkway along the Grand Central Parkway (highway) with views of Flushing Bay and the World's Fair marina.

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  • Queens High Shool of Aviation (1)

    Aviation High School 36 Street & Queens Boulevard, LongIsland City, NY 11101"Aviation High School is a fully accredited New York City public school and has a curriculum approved by both the FAA and the New York State Education Department. It is one of only five secondary Aviation Maintenance programs in the State. For 63 years, the school has...

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Queens Sports & Outdoors

  • Watch a METS Baseball Game

    As a season ticket holder my boyfriend and I get out quite often to see the games. Its so exciting when you're right up front near first base and you get to see the players and all the action from your seat. Baseball games are a "National" pastime quite fun once you're at the stadium, fans can be quite rowdy, but we're all there to have a good time...

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  • The Mets at Shea

    I put the tip on seeing the Mets here on my New York City page. So check it out. For now, here's a pic for the ladies. This is the guy who fixed my broken seat on the spot. Now that's service!

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    Queens Blvd, looking west towards Manhattan

    by sharala Updated Jun 13, 2004

    Favorite thing: Queens is a treasure trove of overlooked but interesting history. Take my neighborhood for example:

    Beginnings: In 1665, it was part of the vast central Queens area that the English settlers called New Towne (or Newtown). Later it was known as a place of rich farms where horse-drawn carriages picked up fruits and vegetables for delivery to the Manhattan markets, but it still didn't have a name until 1925, when an enterprising pre-Levittown developer of 45 acres of farmland advertised the area as a ``REal GOod'' place to live. Thus Rego Park got a name.

    Turning Point: Home developments sprouted on the farmland in the early 20th Century, but prospective home buyers from Manhattan's crowded neighborhoods could only reach the area by taking the Jamaica trolley from the Queensboro Bridge. That changed in 1928 when the Long Island Rail Road station opened, and the population swelled. By 1939 Rego Park had the city's first Howard Johnson's. The restaurant was torn down in 1969 to make way for the 11-story Queens Tower.

    Claims to the Famous: A host of show biz personalities found Rego Park a REal GOod place to live, including comedians Sid Caesar and Eddie Bracken, burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee, actresses June Havoc and Alice Faye, former Miss America and city Cultural Affairs Commissioner Bess Myerson, TV producer Fred Silverman and former Knicks star Willis Reed.

    Where to Find More: ``Pictorial History of Queens,'' by Vincent F. Seyfried, material in Rego Park Branch Library, 91-41 63rd Dr.

    courtesy of LIhistory.com

    Fondest memory: I've lived in Queens 3/4s of my life (in Brookyn the other 1/4). And when I'm away, I miss the vastness of it --relative to other places in New York City. I miss the greenery that is much easier to find than in other places in New York. When I'm away, I miss the local merchants who service a varied ethnic population. As a consequence, it's so easy to explore and sample the best of other cultures.
    I even miss the sound of planes! Yes, growing up in a neighborhood fairly close to Kennedy Airport (Rosedale), you always hear the roar of planes--an inconvenience you get used to, like waiting 40 seconds before you can hear the TV again! But it also give you an appreciation of travel. It's a special memory of mine to trace one plane after another, first a British Airways, followed by a KLM, followed by a Delta, followed by a JAL, followed by a Royal Air Maroc, and so on. It's not a stretch to say that my wanderlust and love of travel derive in some measure to watching the planes go by. When the international terminal at Kennedy was new, back in the 1960's some families would make an outing of coming to the airport to watch the planes from many lands come it. There was an undeniable romance. I just had to look out the window of my bedroom! Now, living in Central Queens I'm between both LaGuardia and Kennedy. I don't hear the planes quite as much, but when I do, I'm reminded of that fond memory from earlier years.

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