Home to an exciting mix of urban attractions and outdoor spaces, Queens is an ideal destination for those seeking a new side of the city. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 reasons why you should get lost in this NYC borough.
Visit New York’s most underrated museum
Peek behind the curtain at the Museum of the Moving Image, an underrated New York City attraction dedicated to digital media and its production, consumption, history, and future. Offering screenings, exhibitions, and public discussions led by media legends such as Tim Burton and David Mamet, the museum is a must-visit destination for film buffs, aspiring artists, and anyone looking to give deeper meaning to their next movie night.
Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 777 6800
Explore a real concrete jungle
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farms gives new meaning to the phrase “concrete jungle.” Operated by the country’s “leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business,” the flagship farm sits atop Long Island City’s Standard Motor Products building. Brooklyn Grange’s plant-filled paradises, which grow over 50,000 pounds of organic produce and hold more than 30 naturally working honey beehives, play host to floral arranging workshops, evening yoga classes, compost dinners, and more.
Explore a lesser-seen site of New York’s art world
An offshoot of the iconic Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1 is a well-kept secret of today’s New York modernists. The museum, known mainly for its locally beloved Warm Up summer concert series, also arranges parties, exhibitions, and major art world competitions. An excellent destination year-round, there’s always something to see at MoMA PS1.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY, USA, +1 718 784 2084
Get away to Tacoway Beach
The borough’s 170-acre Rockaway Beach is undoubtedly a major attraction, but the beach’s real draw is its humorously named takeout taco shop, Tacoway Beach. The fare at this locally beloved beach hut bursts with freshness; flavorful fish tacos, fresh guacamole, crispy plantain chips, and chili-spiced fruit are all enthusiastically enjoyed by hungry beach-goers. For a day trip that feels like a luxurious vacation, Tacoway—we mean, Rockaway—is the place to go.
Visit a park with something for everyone
The borough’s largest park is a go-to destination for both locals and visitors who are looking to utilize its baseball, soccer, and tennis spaces, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo, and much more. Great for groups, families, couples, and individuals, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park acts as a hub for Queens’ community to come together.
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 760 6565
Behold a Queens icon (and enjoy her food)
A Queens icon, the Arepa Lady is a locally beloved figure whose authentic Colombian arepas, or cheese and cornmeal cakes, have amassed a following of in-the-know foodies from every borough. At her brick-and-mortar location, the fondly nicknamed Arepa Lady serves variations of her namesake dish stuffed with chorizo, chicharrones, melty cheese, and more. Find the tucked-away storefront, and you’ll be rewarded with empanadas, a mouthwatering meat platter, and, of course, all the arepas you can eat.
Arepa Lady, 77-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY, USA, +1 347 730 6124
Root for the home team at Citi Field
Win or lose, Mets fans can be proud to call Citi Field their home. Passionate fans flock to this beacon of Major League Baseball tradition to witness the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, explore the Mets Hall of Fame, and root, root, root for the home team.
Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 507 8499
Connect with nature at Queens Botanical Garden
Nothing feels like a more indulgent escape from the bustle of the city than a relaxing garden getaway. At the Queens Botanical Garden, you have 39 acres to explore. You can volunteer at the on-site farm, join a free bird-watching tour, catch a live musical performance or art show, or simply admire the many spaces open to the public, including the Rose Garden, the Meadow, and the Fragrance Walk.
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY, USA, +1 718 886 3800
Eat like the locals at SriPraPhai Thai Restaurant
Clocking in at nearly 2,000 Yelp reviews, SriPraPhai Thai Restaurant is a must-visit destination for any New York foodie worth their salt (or satay). Hungry New Yorkers from all across the city flock to Woodside to sample crunchy papaya salad, fried whole snapper, drunken noodles, and more. Take one look at the spot’s extensive menu, and you’ll be happy to stay lost forever at SriPraPhai.
SriPraPhai Thai Restaurant, 64-13 39th Ave, Woodside, NY, USA, +1 718 899 9599
Indulge your inner bohemian at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
One of the city’s largest outdoor drinking spaces, Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden attracts hordes of beer-loving locals in fair weather. This authentic Czech beer garden, opened over a century ago, serves up some of the best bar food you’re likely to encounter: fried cheese, gravy-smothered roast beef and dumplings, and platters of European meats and sausages, to name a few. A full bar is available, but unsurprisingly, it’s the hall’s selection of foreign and domestic draft brews that go best with goulash.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 2919 24th Ave, Astoria, NY, USA, +1 718 274 4925