Open Phones: #MustSeeQueens

Monday, May 06, 2013

A soccer match in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Courtesy of the City of New York Parks & Recreation)

Two candidates in the Queens borough president race are pushing to make Queens a tourist destination. Call in with your pitch: what should tourists and other visitors go see in Queens? If you had to design a day in Queens for visiting friends, what would be on the agenda? We want to know what you recommend as must-visit attractions in Queens. Leave a comment below, or call 212-433-9692 at 11:40 to comment.


Comments [28]

Get a bicycle and start at the end of the N/Q line at Ditmars Blvd. with the Steinway factory and Greek/Italian food. Ride over to Astoria Park, then go south to see some of the original Astoria village houses; there's one that will blow you away with the art in its yard! Going further south, the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park are in close proximity at the base of Broadway. Ride over to the Museum of the Moving Image (I think it's on 35th Street). Then go south to under the Queensboro Plaza station; there's a great new urban park. Further south on or just off Jackson Ave. are, in order, the Queens Courthouse, Citicorp, the Phun Phactory (that's the graffiti!) and P.S. 1. Not tired yet? Keep going to the waterfront. On the way are lots of little cafés and taverns.

This is but one possible "bicycle trail" to see various parts of Queens.

May. 07 2013 02:09 AM
Rachel from Forest Hills

Forest Hills Gardens, with dessert at Eddie's Sweet Shop.

May. 06 2013 05:13 PM
Jeff from Middle Village from Middle Village


May. 06 2013 03:56 PM
Bridgette V from Ridgewood

The Ridgewood Theater! This Thomas W. Lamb theater was the longest running first run theater in the U.S. from 1916-2008. The magnificent Beaux-Arts facade has been landmarked since 2010, thanks to the efforts of local preservationists, civic leaders and concerned citizens. Although the interior has been exposed to the elements and has suffered deteriorating conditions; the website has details regarding its glorious history: Take the L or M train to Myrtle Wyckoff and walk four blocks on Myrtle Avenue. Perhaps the curtain will raise for a second act!

May. 06 2013 02:27 PM
Diya from Queens, NY

The Queens Museum of Art! It's the best of the borough, for sure.

May. 06 2013 02:20 PM
Kelly C. from Ridgewood, Queens, NYC

Forest Park - A must visit if you are in Ridgewood, Queens. It is the best place for locals to go for BBQ's, picnics, parties, celebrations - tons of outdoor activities including biking, hiking (nature walks for the real outdoor enthusiasts), runners track, hand-ball, etc.

Forest Park is also the home of one of two of the oldest carousels in the country:

Juniper Valley Park is gorgeous during the warmer seasons.

Eddie's Sweet Shop is a historical landmark; be sure to go there with an appetite and order The Kitchen Sink!!

May. 06 2013 01:52 PM
Nuala from Jackson Heights

Take the 7 train to 74th Street and wander through Bangladesh, India and Pakistan and have an great lunch and shop for a shari then walk 10 blocks down Roosevelt and enjoy the cultures from Ecuador, Columbia and Peru. Then walk another 10 blocks and enjoy some great Mexican Tacos. Oh the worlds you can see on just one street !!!

May. 06 2013 01:12 PM
JulieL from Forest Hills

Flushing Chinatown has great food and so much to choose from. It's close proximity to CitiField makes it the perfect place to grab a bite before or after watching the NY Mets!

May. 06 2013 12:53 PM
Marlene Dodes-Callahan from Long Island City

I'm surprised that no one mentioned the Noguchi Museum which is on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. The garden is an idyllic place to meditate with the fountain noise in the background in the inner garden, surrounded by trees and Noguchi sculptures and ideas. Just a block away is Socrates Sculpture Garden for a changing array of outdoor art perched at the shore of the East River. Right next to Costco if you feel like shopping afterwards.

At the other end, North on Vernon Blvd. is Gantry State Park with it's breathtaking views of the city skyline the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and a close up view of the iconic landmarked Pepsi sign. Make sure you have sun protection since there aren't many places of shade here. It is wonderful even on an overcast day to just sit on the grass or adirondack chairs, or walk, run, bike on the boardwalk which keeps expanding.
The Crabhouse is close by where they often play jazz in the evenings and so are the ferries if you want to come over from Manhattan on a nice watery cruise.

May. 06 2013 12:34 PM
Sydney from East Village

The Queens County Farm Museum's annual Maize Maze is a fun fall-time adventure. Kid-friendly, and they also have evening hours on some days.

May. 06 2013 12:01 PM

What building did they say was going to get torn down?

May. 06 2013 11:59 AM
Bob from Flushing

Attend the annual Musical Saw Festival in Astoria on June 1.

May. 06 2013 11:57 AM

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Fabulous views of Manhattan and birdwatching. Its a National Park!!

May. 06 2013 11:56 AM
mr nyc

Alley Pond Environmental Center - walk nature trails and see animals!

May. 06 2013 11:55 AM
Christine from Astoria

Must see the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory

May. 06 2013 11:54 AM
Aaron from Carroll Gardens / Wall Street

Noguchi Museum

May. 06 2013 11:53 AM
Dan from Greenpoint

Fort Tilden--best beaches in NYC.

May. 06 2013 11:53 AM

I do love Ridgewood, but sadly I cannot get to other parts of Queens from here very easily.

In fact, I was just going to mention Spa Castle as well! How do residents in Ridgewood get to Spa Castle? I'd think the candidates would be focusing on getting at least part of the X line implemented to promote tourism, unless they're only targeting tourists coming from Manhattan.

May. 06 2013 11:52 AM
Gary from Astoria

Astoria - from the train (31st Street) to Steinway on B'way, 30th Avenue and Ditmars. Great restaurant and bar crawl. Manhattanites are taking notice.

May. 06 2013 11:51 AM

I would say "alley pond park" it has some trails, and it has a running trail that actually connects to another park, "cunningham park.."

May. 06 2013 11:51 AM
mr nyc

Alley Pond Environmental Center - you can see animals, walk above the marsh and along nature trails, see Little Neck bay. It's gorgeous and great for families.

May. 06 2013 11:50 AM
mr nyc

Alley Pond Environmental Center - you can see animals, walk above the marsh and along nature trails, see Little Neck bay. It's gorgeous and great for families.

May. 06 2013 11:49 AM
Susan from Astoria

The Museum of the Moving Image is a gem. The Spectacle music video show on now is particularly excellent.

May. 06 2013 11:49 AM
Linda from East Village

Queens of course is famous for its ethnic neighborhoods. One place to see residens of all of them mingling is in the food court of the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst on weekends. That's when entire families come to shop, the mothers sometimes dressed as their native garb. What amazed me when I ventured there recently from Manhattan was that all the school-age sons were dressed exactly the same: baseball cap ... baggy T-shirt and baggy pants ... Nikes. It didn't matter whether they hailed from Indonesia, South Americans, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Guyana, Trinidad, India, China, the Philippines, Poland, Ghana, or the Middle East. Those schoolboys had become total Americans.

May. 06 2013 11:48 AM
mbk from manhattan

Jamaica Bay & the Museum of the Moving Image!!!

May. 06 2013 11:47 AM
C. Tennyson from Ridgewood, QNS

Outpost Artist Resources in Ridgewood, for interesting music and video.

Ridgewood in general is becoming the "up and coming" art neighborhood. Galleries are springing up (and closing) all the time. Do a google search and check 'em out!

May. 06 2013 11:46 AM
andrea from Kew Gardens

Queens is and will become a huge tourist attraction, for both non-residents as well as native Queensites when the 3.5 mile QueensWay gets underway. This abandoned rail conversion to a cultural greenway will offer hiking, biking, art installations, food experiences that is only available through the amazing diversity of Queens.

May. 06 2013 11:06 AM
Fred L from Brooklyn

I don't know about "see" but they should bring their appetites and start with dim sum in Flushing, move on to curries in Jackson Heights, and have some Thai food in Elmhurst.

May. 06 2013 11:04 AM

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