Things to do in Queens

Queens is located on Long Island, just like Brooklyn. It forms the Western end of the city of New York. If you are flying to or from New York, you will most likely get a glimpse of Queens as the John F. Kennedy International Airport is located there. However, it would be a shame to not spend a bit more time exploring this borough. Many informative museums and engaging parks and viewpoints are waiting for you.

Long Island City and Astoria

If you have only a limited time to dedicate to Queens, start with Long Island City and Astoria. Right on the other side of the East River from Manhattan, both are easily reached by public transports.

A former industrial area reconverted in a succession of luxurious high rises, Long Island City offers a splendid panorama over Manhattan. The best observation points are Gantry Plaza and Hunters Point South Park. The area also boasts some excellent restaurants, like the famous Blend of the Water. For modern art enthusiasts, check the MoMA PS1 museum.

Just a bit further, the Astoria neighborhood is worth a visit for its chilled and dynamic multicultural atmosphere, and loads of good and affordable food venues. With an important Greek community, Greek food is a local favorite. The Museum of the Moving Image will appeal to fans of movies and original cinema artifacts, and can perfectly suitable for children. Not far from there, the Noguchi Museum is dedicated to the world famous zen artist.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The Flushing Meadows Corona Park is an interesting area to explore for its park and museums. The park itself is beautiful, with wide, peaceful alleys and two big lakes. Look out for the remains from the 1964 New York World's Fair, including the famous "Unisphere" globe statue. In the park, the New York Hall of Science promises a fantastic time for everyone interested in science and discovery. Thanks to a very interactive visit, it will entertain children as much as grownups. In the same area, the USTA National Tennis Center hosts every year the world-famous US Open. The Queens Museum, though modest, is worth a visit for its Tiffany Glass exhibit and the New York City Panorama.

Musical heritage

Queens has a strong jazz legacy, with major artists like Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Ella Fitzerald living in the neighborhood. In the Corona neighborhood, the Louis Armstrong House Museum opens the last residence of the artist for a touching visit. Famous hip hop artists as well as the punk rock band The Ramones also originated from Queens.

The Rockaway peninsula

For a relaxing getaway on the seaside, Queens has the ideal spot: Rockaway Beach. Bordering the long peninsula of Rockaway, Rockaway Beach offers miles of sandy beach on the ocean. For an away-from-it-all feeling, head to Fort Tilden. This former military fort is now a green seaside park. You won't find many facilities there, but you will for sure enjoy peace and quiet.

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