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Fun Things To See And Do In And Around Forest Hills, NYC
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Fun Things To See And Do In And Around Forest Hills, NYC

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Native Brooklynites often never hear about the wonderful places that the other boroughs have to offer, especially Queens. But this borough will surprise you; there are so many cool places to visit, and the neighborhood of Forest Hills has plenty to experience. We list some of the best.
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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.

The Queens Night Market, 90-02 168th Street, Jamaica, NY, USA

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Instant Replay

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

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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

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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.

The New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 699 0005

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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

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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

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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