13 Reasons Why Queens Is the Absolute Best Borough in NYC

Queens gets a lot of hate. But we fell in love with the borough last summer. (You remember, that right? Right.)

Despite the fact that it is the borough that has garnered the most growth in New York City over the past five years, it's still somewhat looked down upon by New Yorkers. 

We're not so sure this is totally warranted, given the many, often forgotten about attributes that Queens has to offer. 

So, we're here to remind you. 

Queens is home to some incredible food, events, and culture, so it's definitely worth the trip, even if you're trekking all the way from Manhattan. 

So listen up and start taking some notes. You might learn a thing or two about the absolute best borough this city's got. 


1. Astoria Park (19th Street - Astoria) 

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Astoria Park is one of the largest open spaces in Queens, and offers amenities such as hiking trails, tennis courts, and basketball courts.

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The park was built right along the East River between the Triborough Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge, so it also allows for some of the most stunning views in the whole city. 


2. Steinway Street's Hookah Lounges

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If you can rely on Queens for one thing, it's definitely a good hookah lounge. 

Astoria in specific has no shortage of hookah bars-- you could basically spend an entire Saturday night on Steinway Street alone. You can find pretty much any flavor under the sun, as well as some amazing cocktails and live music. 


3. Eddie’s Sweet Shop (105-29 Metropolitan Avenue #1 - Forest Hills)

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If you're looking for some truly insane desserts, look no further than Eddie's Sweet Shop in Forest Hills.

The old timey decor makes you feel like you've traveled back to the 1950s - a perfect atmosphere to enjoy some of the biggest and most delicious sundaes in the city. They're absolutely huge, so grab a few friends and head over to Eddie's if you're craving something sweet.

Or you know, go solo and take one on all by yourself. We totally won't judge. 


4. Hall of Science (47-01 111th Street - Corona)

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The Hall of Science in Flushing is definitely geared towards kids, but who said you can't embrace your inner child for a day? 

There's tons of interactive exhibits and is even free on Sundays from 10am to 11am and Fridays from 2pm to 5pm. 


5. Dani's House of Pizza (81-28 Lefferts Blvd - Kew Gardens)

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It's no secret that this city is crawling with pizza joints, so you might not exactly be motivated to trek all the way to Kew Gardens for a slice.

But trust us, Dani's makes the trip totally worth it, especially for their famous Pesto slice.


6. Korean BBQ (various Queens locations)

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Another cuisine that Queens is definitely doing right is their Korean barbecue

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There's tons of great spots in Flushing, such as Picnic Garden and Parksanbal Babs, so there's no excuse to miss out.


7. Citi Field (123-01 Roosevelt Avenue)

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If you're a Mets fan, Citi Field is basically your stomping ground (or should be).

Aside from being host to Mets games throughout the season, Citi Field also offers a selection of guided tours through places like the field and dugout, press box, and the Mets Hall of Fame&  Museum. 

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8. Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue)

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This media museum located in Astoria is definitely not one to miss.

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Their core exhibit, Behind the Screen, is a super unique experience that immerses visitors in the process of producing, promoting, and presenting films, television shows, and digital entertainment.


9. Gantry Plaza State Park (4-09 47th Road - Long Island City)

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The Gantry Plaza State Park in Astoria is the perfect place to spend your weekend days this spring in NYC.

Along with incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, the park offers a fishing pier, picnic tables, and playing fields.


10. Flushing Meadows 

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Flushing Meadow is yet another of Queens' amazing parks, located in Corona Park. 

It was the site of 2 twentieth century World's Fairs, giving it tons of unique and interesting history. If for nothing else, you have to get yourself over there to take a pic in front of the giant globe. #instaworthy


11. Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street - Flushing)  

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One of these days, spring will actually happen. We promise.

And when it does, head over to the Queens Botanical Garden to see some of the most absolutely stunning flower gardens the city has to offer. 


12. Queens Museum (New York City Building - Meridian Road)

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This art museum in Corona Park is home to some pretty incredible exhibits; the newest of which is a visual history through the highly influential career of the Ramones

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You'll be able to catch a glimpse of some rare photographs and mementos from their time as a band - you won't want to miss out.


13. Spiderman

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And he's from Forest Hills. Need we say more?

Check out 7 Things to Cross Off Your Queens Bucket List This Spring

[Feature Image Courtesy Branham Perceptions Photography] 

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