Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York. Queens is located east of Manhattan and below Brooklyn. More than 2.3 million people live in Queens, making it the third largest
borough in New York City. Queens is over 283 square kilometers in size and is therefore the largest city district in terms of area.
Things to do in Queens
Queens is very large and the largest part is not that interesting for tourists. However, there are a few places that are nice to visit when you already know the sights in Manhattan. You can also choose to book a bus tour to The Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, which will show you the highlights of these neighborhoods.
Chinatown in Queens
There is a fairly large Chinese neighborhood in Flushing, which is also called the “real” Chinatown. Unlike the neighborhood of the same name in Manhattan, Chinatown in Queens is not aimed at tourists at all, but really at the local Chinese residents. It is one of the largest and fastest growing Chinatowns in the world and a very unique place in New York. Take metro line 7 all the way to the end point (Flushing Main St) and you will immediately be in the middle of it. Keep in mind that you will not get far with your English here
Also in Flushing Meadows you will find Corona Park, containing the Unisphere: a large metal globe that you may have seen on photos. The globe has a diameter of more than 36 meters and is therefore the largest in the world. This metal construction was built for the 1964 World Exhibition. The US Open stadiums are also located in the surrounding park. It is nice to walk through on a nice day. To get there, take metro line 7 to Mets-Willets Point, the park is close by.
There is also something for art lovers in Queens. MoMA PS1 is located in Long Island City, part of the famous Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. MoMA PS1 focuses entirely on modern art. You can get there by metro or NYC Ferry to Long Island City or Hunters Point South. (MoMA PS1 is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.) A visit to MoMA PS1 is easy to combine with breakfast, lunch or dinner at the adjacent Court Square Diner. At this authentic American dinner you will not see tourists, but you will dine among the New Yorkers.
Hotels in Queens
If you are looking for a budget-friendly hotel, Long Island City in Queens is a great option. It is a good base for visiting New York. Long Island City is safe and with one of the many metro lines that come here you can be in the heart of Manhattan in fifteen minutes. I recommend a hotel in Long Island City to anyone who finds the hotels in Manhattan to be expensive and still wants to stay in a convenient location.
Queens is known for its sporting events. In addition to the annual New York Marathon that also runs through this district, there is the stadium of the Mets. The New York Mets is the second baseball club in New York (behind the New York Yankees) and opened its new stadium, Citi Field, in 2010. Queens is also home to the US Open tennis that is played every year in Flushing Meadows.
You may also find these neighborhoods interesting
- Roosevelt Islans
- Civic Center
- Midtown Manhattan
- Little Italy
- China Town
- Theater District
- Lower Manhattan & Financial District
- Long Island
- West Village
- Hells Kitchen
- Coney Island
- Lower East Side
- Upper East Side
- Upper West Side
- Governors Island
- Meatpacking District
- Green Village
- East Village