Queens is the largest borough in New York City and is home to 2.3 million people. It is known for its diversity, which is easily reflected in its many attractions. So get on a bus rental in Queens and explore the area's many cultures!
While it is not Manahattan or Brooklyn, Queens does have a lot of great places that tourists would fall in love with. From history to dining to culture and sights, you can get it all here without the exorbitant price tags and the crowds! So ride a bus rental in Queens, NY and discover this Big Apple gem!
Now where to go?
1. The arts and museums. Queens has long been nurturing the arts and culture of African Americans and it shows with several attractions such as the Museum of African Art, Black Specturm Theater Company and the Afrikan Poetry Center (Jamaica, NY 11432). It is also a jazz music center, where you can visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum and see where the great Satchmo resided until his death in the 1970s. Museums that are worth a visit here include the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (Long Island City, NY 11101), which is a great museum that features contemporary art, some of them borrowed from the Museum of Modern Art. Then there's the Museum of the Moving Image, which features exhibits on the technology, art and history of movies.
Other arts and culture sites you can visit include:
2. The Unisphere. A visit to Queens is not complete without seeing its symbol: the Unisphere. it is a huge globe located inside Flushing Meadows Park (Flushing, NY 11355), which is a great site for skating, running, playing, walking, biking and other outdoor activities. While here, you should visit the Queens Museum of Art, where you could find a detailed scale model of New York City.
3. Shopping and dining. Queens is home to a lot of wonderful and unique shopping destinations. Check out Jackson Heights, with its South Asian and Indian community. You can find jewelry shops here that sell 22 karat gold jewelry at rock bottom prices. You can also get saris, Bollywood films on DVD and music CDs. You can even enjoy a Bollywood movie in a movie theater in the area. You should also try the authentic Indian food here, so load up on Nan and tandoori when you visit. Other neighborhoods that present great shopping choices include Downtown Flushing, and Astoria's range of indie businesses.
You should also visit Queens Center (Elmhurst, NY 11373), the biggest shopping mall here, or the smaller Queens Place Mall. You could also stroll down Jamaica Ave., where you could get hip-hop merchandise, bargains and other goods from several retailers such as Strawberry, Old Navy and Gertz Plaza Mall. You could also visit Bay Terrace, where you can buy from Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret and other nationally known retailers.
Moreover, check out the College Point Shopping Area, where there are a series of strip malls like the Flushing Mall, Metro Mall, and Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center. You can also enjoy high-end shopping at Atlas Park Mall. These farmers markets are also worth checking out:
Lastly, there are several unique stores that you should go to:
As for dining choices, it is simply difficult to choose in Queens with the large number of restaurants and food places offering a variety of dishes. If you are in the area in the summer, then you should drop by Lemon Ice King of Corona where you can get a respite from the heat outside with fruit flavored ice. If you want a beautiful view of the skyline of Manhattan while wolfing down a Surf N Turf, then head out to Water's Edge Restaurant in Long Island.
You should also try out the Asian restaurants in Flushing, NY 11355: Su Ra Chung, Hahm Ji Bach and Imperial Palace. In Astoria, there is Trattoria L'incontro (Astoria, NY 11105), Taverna Kyclades, Enthaice Thai Kitchen (Astoria, NY 11106), Seva Indian Cuisine (Astoria, NY 11103) and Il Bambino. In Elmhurst, there's the Parkside Restaurant, Rincon Criollo and Il Triangolo Restaurant all in Corona, NY 11368, or Taste Good Malaysian Cuisine, Ayada Thai, Chao Thai Restaurant and El Gauchito all in Elmhurst, NY 11373.
Local favorites in other neighborhoods include:
Lastly, go to Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, where you could get ice cold beer, Czech food and shade trees! This is a great way to spend an afternoon!
4. Parks, sports, and outdoors. Queens Botanical Garden is located in Flushing Meadows Park and has around 39 acres of various themed gardens, such as rose, herb, perennial and bee gardens. You can also go to:
Other notable parks you could go to in Queens, include Kissena Park, Gateway National Park and Alley Pond Park.
If you would rather watch than participate, head out to Citi Field (New York, NY 11368) in Flushing and watch the New York Mets play! Or you can watch the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
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