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8 Interesting Places You Didn’t Know Were Located In Queens
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8 Interesting Places You Didn’t Know Were Located In Queens

Picture of Alexis DeFillippo
Updated: 12 December 2015
Queens is home to an endless string of stunning parks and skyline views, as well as blossoming gardens and relaxing beaches. Queens’ picturesque views range from Long Island City to Forest Park, and beyond the eye-pleasing sights there are limitless fun activities including museums and carousel rides.
Unisphere globe in Queens Corona Park Flushing Meadow | © David Shankbone/Flickr
Unisphere globe in Queens Corona Park Flushing Meadow | © David Shankbone/Flickr

The Unisphere

Queens is home to one of the most intricately made landmarks in New York City. The Unisphere is a 12-story high globe structure made from stainless steel. This piece of art is located in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, and is the centerpiece to a large fountain. What many people do not know is that the Unisphere was made to symbolize the theme, ‘Peace through Understanding’ of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. This landmark is a popular backdrop for visitors to take pictures in front of.

Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, New York, NY, USA, +1 (718) 760-6565

Forest Park Carousel

Hidden in Queens, New York, there is a magical place called Forest Park. In the midst of Forest Park there is one of the most unique things to find in a park, and that is the Carousel. This is not an ordinary carousel; it was built nearly 100 years ago, in 1903. At this time there are 52 figures, which include 36 jumpers, 13 standers, three menagerie figures, and two chariots. This is a ride that all patrons enjoy, and what most are unaware of is that it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy some history in a fun way at Forest Park.

Forest Park Carousel, Queens, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 788-2676

Manhattanhenge from Long Island City | ©  John Gillespie/Flickr
Manhattanhenge from Long Island City | © John Gillespie/Flickr

Long Island City

Many people are unaware that one of New York’s best-hidden gems, Long Island City, is actually located in Queens. This waterfront neighborhood is up and coming, and is home to many popular art studios and galleries. Many artists and writers enjoy this spot because they are able to display their work and observe others at The Chocolate Factory Theater. LIC is thriving, thanks to its trendy shops and eccentric eateries as well as its scenic view of Manhattan’s skyline and moderately low rent, so that many people are vying to move here.

Long Island City, New York, NY, USA

Museum of Moving Image

When you think of what can be found in Queens, New York, many things may come to mind, and museums may not be one of them. Don’t let its reputation fool you; Queens is the location of the famous Museum of Moving Image. This museum enables visitors to have hands-on experiences while learning all about the world of film, television, and digital media. Some of their most popular exhibits include Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact, Behind the Screen, and How Cats Took Over the Internet. The exhibits here are ever-changing, so if you want to get a peek at one of these, head over there as soon as possible!

Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 777-6800

Louis Armstrong House Museum

This museum is the home which Louis and Lucille Armstrong lived in from 1943 until his death in 1971. A little later on, Lucille decided to donate her former home to the City of New York so they could make a museum in her late husband’s honor. Since 2003, the opening of this museum, many of the rooms stayed the way Louis had them, and that is what adds to the charm of the place. Get a real glimpse of the life these two lovebirds led, and enjoy a day filled with the history of one of the best musicians who ever lived.

Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St, Queens, NY, New York, USA, +1 (718) 478-8274

Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise (2008) | ©  Jason Eppink/Flickr
Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise (2008) | © Jason Eppink/Flickr

Socrates Sculpture Park

Conveniently located in Astoria, Queens, the Socrates Sculpture Park is one of the most interesting public parks this borough has to offer. In 1986 a transformation was made, from a trashy riverside landfill to an outdoor exhibit for artists and a park for the locals to enjoy their days at. People come from all over to see the variety of exceptional and diverse art pieces that are on display.

Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 956-1819

Brooklyn Grange

The Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest soil farm, which despite its name is located in Queens, New York. The land stretches from rooftop to rooftop, one side being in Astoria and Long Island City all the way to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. What many people do not know is that Queens County was historically known for its farming, and the Brooklyn Grange is no different. This land is two-and-a-half acres long and sells masses of crops, including but not limited to 40 different types of tomatoes. One of the coolest aspects of this place is that at night, they convert in to a charming space for dinner parties, weddings, and more. Along with their belief that the great City of New York can become more sustainable, this farm is one of the most attractive locations in Queens, New York.

Brooklyn Grange, 37-18 Northern Blvd, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (347) 670-3660

Rockaway Beach | © bettyx1138/Flickr
Rockaway Beach | © bettyx1138/Flickr

Rockaway Beach

It may be hard to believe that there is a beautiful beach in the borough of Queens, but Rockaway Beach will prove you wrong. This beach is one of the largest urban beaches located in the United States. This neighborhood has a great history behind it as well. During the late 1870s there was a hotel named the Rockaway Beach Hotel, and it was one of the most well-known and largest hotels in the City at that time. Although demolished now, the history of the hotel lives on, and the beauty of Rockaway Beach has transcended and flourished from the 1800s to the present day.

Rockaway Beach, New York, NY, USA