experience Queens like a real New Yorker

hhhh.. The big apple. The city that never sleeps. Formerly New Amsterdam, but now much better known as the iconic New York City. For many people, the city is where you have to be if you want to make it in life. “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”, Frank Sinatra once sang in his ode to the bustling city. Even if you are not from the US, it is a dream for many to be able to visit this location one day.

We totally understand that.

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If you like life, a busy city, the latest shops and the hippest restaurants… then you are in the right place. Many people primarily think of visiting Manhattan because it is the New York that you often see in films and series such as Sex And The City or The Bold Type. The Met Gala is also organized here and many celebs can regularly be found in this area. You really have to see it all with your own eyes.

From restaurants to nightclubs and from shops to attractions, we discuss everything that can make your visit even more fun. Last month you read all about Staten Island. Today we discuss the Queens district, also the final guide. Hope you liked it!

Queen’s Travel Guide

With an area of ​​280 km2, Queens is the largest of the five boroughs in New York. Planes, ferries, buses and trains – there are several ways to get to Queens. Once arrived, the No. 7 metro line one of the best ways to discover the city. The line takes you through the different neighborhoods of the borough so you can experience the diversity of Queens. Enjoy authentic food from around the world, unique art and cultural sites, beautiful beaches and riverside parks with breathtaking views.

The diversity of Queens

“Queens holds the Guinness Book World Record as the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world, with at least 138 languages ​​spoken,” said Fred Dixon, NYC Company President and CEO. “For visitors, it’s the ideal place to experience the diversity of New York City, including authentic cuisine from cultures around the world. It’s also a great place to watch tennis legends play at the US Open or enjoy a day at the beach in the Rockaways. Whether whether you want to visit the home of jazz great Louis Armstrong, see contemporary art at MoMA PS1, or enjoy a night out at a bar or brewery, Queens is the ultimate destination.”
There’s always something going on in Queens. Looking for the best tips? We share them with you below.

Hotels
With more than 100 hotels in Queens, the borough has a hotel to suit every traveler’s needs. From larger hotel chains such as Hilton and Marriott for boutique hotels incl Collective Paper Factory, Rockaway Hotel + Spa or the brand new renaissance New York Flushing Hotel at Tangram.

– One of New York City’s most popular hotels is also located at Kennedy Airport: the TWA Hotel. During a dip in the rooftop pool here, guests can watch the planes take off. A unique experience!

Restaurants and food places
– For some of the best Asian restaurants, Long Island City is the place to be. Stop at Yumpling for Taiwanese dishes, Cyclo for Vietnamese and Möge Tee for bubble tea. Interested in high-end Szechuan cuisine? So visit Hupo for traditional dishes in a modern jacket. The restaurant has also been given a place in the Michelin guide.
– With cuisines from all over the world, Latin American eateries cannot be missed. Start the day at La Gran Uruguaya bakery and then visit fish restaurant Mariscos El Submarino. Tip: try the famous shrimp cocktail with avocado chips in a thick, cold red sauce!
– A must in Queens is to visit ice cream bar Lemon Ice King. For more than 75 years, this famous ice cream parlor has been selling Italian ice creams that are sure not to disappoint.
– In Jackson Heights you will find authentic Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian restaurants, such as Jackson Diner and Delhi Heights. Get to know the different herbs and spices that make Indian cuisine so special.

Activities

From Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to Citi Field, sports enthusiasts can also indulge in Queens. World-renowned legends can be seen here at the US Open, and the Mets also play baseball at Citi Field.

– In Gantry Plaza State Park you can walk along the piers or relax on one of the seats in the park. And all the while overlooking Manhattan’s impressive skyline.
– Like a true New Yorker, you can escape the heat in the city on hot days at Rockaway Beach. The large sandy beach, the most delicious dishes on various food trucks and various surf schools make it the perfect place to enjoy the summer days.
– Did you know that one of the largest contemporary art institutions in the United States is located in Queens? That MoMA PS1 is part of the Museum of Modern Art and offers impressive art exhibitions. Or visit the Socrates sculpture park when the weather is nice. This green park is full of large-scale modern works of art.
– Learn about the history of slavery in King Manor Museum and Rufus King Park. King Manor was the home of Rufus King, an anti-slavery advocate and signer of the United States Constitution.

The Quarters of Queens
Queens is known for its high ethnic diversity, which is reflected in the many different neighborhoods. There are no fewer than 91 of them in Queens, more than in any other borough. More than 2 million people from 150 different cultures live here.

One of the most famous neighborhoods is Jackson Heights, where two thirds of the residents were born abroad. This is reflected in cafes, restaurants and stalls serving food from all over the world. Jackson Heights is also home to one of the city’s largest LGBTQ+ communities. Flushing has Queens’ bubbly Chinatown and Long Island City is known for its modern buildings overlooking Manhattan.

Queens should definitely be on your list if you truly appreciate the cultural diversity of New York City.

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