Travel: So What’s the Big Deal About Queens, New York, Anyway?

Queens has been named the top hot spot destination for 2015.
And we know why.

Many out of town travelers will find that Queens will be the first and last place they see while in New York (both LaGuardia and JFK Airports are in Queens.) But you should plan to spend more than just a cab-ride-to-the-airport’s worth of time in city’s largest borough.

The Unisphere is a 300 ton spherical grid of steel and the world's largest globe. It has also made an appearance in the movie "Men In Black.“

Landmarks like the Unisphere and Citi Field, home of the New York Mets baseball team, will let you know that you are in the right place. They are also good spots to take a selfie to let your friends know that you are in the cool part of NYC.

Miles of beachfront and riverfront and parks, a zoo, stunning city views, Tennis’ U.S. Open and Louis Armstrong’s house are also in Queens. In fact, the borough is home to 25 museums. But if you can only see one, then make it the Museum of the Moving Image.

Everyone watches movies and this small little gem is suited for all ages. Most museums tell you to “look, but don’t touch.” This one encourages interaction and let’s you pretend to be a part of the “movie business.” You can create everything from animation to short films. Stop by on the weekends, and you can catch a movie screening. It costs just 10 bucks for adults, but is free on Fridays, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Did you know that Queens is home to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs? That was kind of a big deal back in the day. The place oozes with history around every corner, and is also the birthplace of hundreds of celebrities and influencers. To really dig in, it may be worth your dime to take a walking tour. You can learn about Ella Fitzgerald, rise of Hip-Hop music and 5 Pointz, which was one of the few "legal graffiti zones" in New York City.

5 Pointz was demolished in November of 2014, to be replaced by a condominium complex.

Eat, Drink and Get Some Culture
Queens is full of culture, which means there a lots of great eats.
It has the nation’s largest Greek community, a Chinatown in Flushing that folks say feels more authentic than the famous one in Manhattan, and there’s even a Little Egypt.

So you can walk down the block in any of these neighborhoods and be drawn in by the smells of Indian, Italian, Moroccan, and Brazilian restaurants. Fu Run in Flushing and Wafa’s in Forest Hills made New York Magazine’s top five in 2014.
Mombar Egyptian Restaurant is considered an Astorian institution.

To get your drink on, the Bohemian Hall (known citywide simply as "The Beer Garden”) is known as one of the most entertaining places to sip a brew. They serve Czech ales by the pitcher on picnic tables, for an genuine rustic feel.

To Do List
Besides catching a professional baseball game or tennis match, you can go to the beach. Rockaway Beach has been named one of the best New York City Beaches. It has seven playgrounds and the city’s only surfing areas.
The boardwalk at Rockaway Beach is picturesque at sunset.

For fresh fruits and vegetables, and a place to immerse yourself with people in the community, visit one of Queens three farmer’s markets. The market at Fresh Meadows offers a hot buffet which is popular among regulars.

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