Queens Night Market
Queens Night Market features independent vendors selling everything from art to housewares to food. The market, located in Downtown Jamaica, has a little something for everyone. Just in time for the holidays, there’s the Winter Craft Market on December 5th, 12th, and the 19th from 10am-7pm, when you can pick up handcrafted gifts and indulge in artisan foods as you shop. The market is also a great place for kids, with plenty of games, activities, and even different kinds of performances, such as Dynamic Martial Arts.
Perfect for holiday shopping, Instant Replay is located on Austin Street. This vintage shop is a local favorite with its multiple racks of clothes and seemingly endless supply of bags and luggage. The shop, owned by Marc Pine, has been around for 35 years. Women from all over come in to bring their new and old luxury bags, such as Chanel, Gucci, and Prada, to be sold once they’ve been inspected and authenticated.
Instant Replay, 7220 Austin Street, Flushing, NY, USA, +1 718 544 3556
Socrates Sculpture Park
It’s hard to believe that this internationally renowned outdoor museum used to be an abandoned landfill and dumpsite. In 1986, a group of artists and members of the community joined forces to turn Socrates Sculpture Park into the wonder it has become today. The park is also open for self-guided tours at any time, or you can join artist-led tours or private workshops. Please note that the artist-led tours must be reserved at least three weeks in advance.
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 956 1819
New York Hall of Science
Founded at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, The New York Hall of Science is a great place for those looking for a little intellectual stimulation with their fun. With more than 450 interactive displays, visitors can discover and understand how the world works. Surprisingly, the NYSCI can also be a good choice for a date night; there’s a nine-hole miniature golf course for leisurely, lighthearted fun.
Pro Line Archery Lanes
Pro Line Archery Lanes offers some great deals; $20 will get you a two-hour rental, and for kids, it’s only $15. The package includes instruction, equipment, and range time. There are also individual and group lessons available with experienced staff members. This place could also be a great alternative date option, allowing you to embarrass yourself and get a couple of laughs in together. So skip the boring dinner and a movie, and really give your friends an interesting story for the next day.
Pro Line Archery Lines, 95-11 101st Avenue, Ozone Park, NY, USA, +1 718 845 9280
This award-winning Japanese restaurant offers authentic cuisine from Chef Katsuyuki Seo. The selections range from traditional fare to creative interpretations of classics, plus each dish can be paired with Katsuno’s sake selections. Katsuno is the perfect choice to cap a day out and about in Forest Hills, and it’s especially ideal for a group due to the menu’s wide selection. There’s more than just fish; there are rib eye steaks (in Yuzu Ponzu sauce, or teriyaki), pork tenderloin, or filet mignon (panko deep fried) in demi-glace sauce, making it a great place for carnivores as well.
Katsuno, 103-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 575 4033
Forest Hills Station House
Forest Hills Station House has so many tasty options, you may have to visit twice. The appetizers alone are enough to make your mouth water with such tasty selections as short rib kimchi empanadas and small batch bourbon pâté. For a heartier meal, you can choose from a number of different sandwiches and burgers with all types of fries, from sweet potato to truffle. Add on your choice of bourbon, rye, or malt whiskey, and you’re set for a treat.
Forest Hills Station House, 106-11 71st Avenue, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 544 5000