QUEEN: The Worls’s Borough!

Diverse, historic and trendy…welcome to Queens! We hail from more than 120 countries and speak more than 135 languages. This global reach is on full display in our neighborhoods, cultural institutions, restaurants, and sporting and entertainment venues. From world-class museums, tranquil parks, and authentic ethnic eateries to surfing, tennis, gaming, and shopping, Queens is truly one of today’s most exciting destinations.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is home to Citi Field, the New York Hall of Science, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Museum, Queens Theatre, Queens Zoo, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Our cultural institutions include the Museum of Moving Image, MoMA PS1, Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Flushing Town Hall, the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts organize mind-expanding exhibitions and the Louis Armstrong House Museum is a Mecca for those who want to pay homage to jazz’s greatest musician (and Mid-Century wall paper!) The Bowne House — where the forerunner to the Bill of Rights, the Flushing Remonstrance, was written — is among various historic landmarks that also serve as museums.
Meanwhile, Resorts World Casino NYC is the Big Apple’s first and only gaming destination with more than 6,500 machines on three separate levels.

Visitors can explore Long Island City, our fastest-growing urban center and home of Gantry Plaza State Park that offers cinematic views. Flushing has opened its arms to immigrants since the 1600s and still does today. Since the Colonial Era, Jamaica has been a crossroads where recreational, entertainment, and shopping opportunities happily mix.

Forest and Kissena Parks are wonderful places to hike and golf. Surfers take to Rockaway Beach year-round and nature lovers flock to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Center and Alley Pond Environmental Center.

Queens has experienced an unprecedented hotel boom and currently has more than 100 major chains and boutique hotels — the borough is a destination for business and recreational travelers seeking great accommodations at reasonable prices.

Do you like to try new cuisines? Yearning for the flavors of home…wherever that might be? Or are you simply hungry after a day of exploring? As the world’s most diverse county, you will find tasty treats from every corner of the globe where waiters can guide you through menu items handed down from generation to generation.

The busiest per capita mall in the world, Queens Center, is conveniently located near various subway and bus routes. In addition to national chains, find real ‘Mom & Pop” shops in Forest Hills, Astoria, Ridgewood and Kew Gardens.

Queens has dozens of ethnic night clubs catering to Caribbean, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Russian, and West Indian populations. It also has a few neighborhood strips with popular bars and comedy clubs. Hot spots include Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Bell Boulevard in Bayside, Broadway in Astoria, and Main Street in Flushing.

The two major airports serving New York City are in Queens: JFK International, with easy access to Manhattan via the AirTrain; and LaGuardia, which is closer to Manhattan via the LaGuardia Link bus that connects to the subways.

To paraphrase the 18th century British writer Samuel Johnson: “When a man is bored with Queens, he is bored with life.”
For more information, go to www.itsinqueens.com or follow @ItsInQueens on social media. You’ll be destined to Love the World’s Borough!

Rob MacKay (rmackay@queensny.org) is the Director of Marketing & Tourism for the Queens Tourism Council