10 Fun Things to Do in Queens New York (NY)

Queens, NY is a really great place to live, with wonderful communities all over like the Arverne by the Sea, a community planned by a couple of the most respected real estate firms in the country. Whether you are visiting Queens, NY or considering moving to Queens, here are some of the great things to do while you are here.

1. See a Baseball Game – If you love a sunny afternoon enjoying a baseball game Queens is home of the Mets at Citi Field. Peanuts, hot dogs and a cold beer is always a great way to spend your time, even if you don’t happen to be a Mets fan. Plus Mets tickets are way less expensive than Yankee tickets.

2. Lemon Ice – Close to Shea Stadium and the Louis Armstrong Museum, Lemon Ice King of Corona is practically a New York landmark itself. They serve a range of fantastic fruit and chocolate ices, and nothing else. In fact they only recently started providing napkins! The flavored ice is definitely worth it though.

3. Museums and Galleries – Queens has become a cultural center and you will find a number of great museums and galleries dotting the area. Some popular places include PS 1, 5 Pointz graffiti museum, Sculpture Center, Dorsky Gallery and Noguchi Museum.

4. Downtown Flushing – Often called the “other Chinatown” in NY, it is smaller but full of treasures. Check out the herbalist stands; get some excellent boba tea or Chinese and other great Asian food. You may want to be there for the Chinese New Year as well, especially if you like firecrackers and dragon dancers.

5. Contemporary Art – As well as being a center for all kinds of great museums, contemporary art is huge in this area. It may actually be the best place in the U.S. for great contemporary art. PS 1 is a great place for contemporary art and there may be several other galleries in the area.

6. Water’s Edge Restaurant – This restaurant is as well-known for the views as for the food and service. Take a free water taxi from 34th street or East River. The restaurant has a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline, even if the service is hit and miss much of the time.

7. The Indian and South Asian Neighborhood – Jackson Heights is home of endless jewelry shops and some of the best eating around if you like Indian and Asian food. You’ll find great shopping, traditional Indian and Asian music, even Bollywood DVD’s. Skip the trip to India, this is probably the closest you really want to get.

8. Moving Image – Another museum, this one is unique though. It celebrates the history and technology of old movies and allows a lot of fun interactive activities as well.

9. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden – Located in Astoria, Queens, Bohemian Hall is a great place for Czech food, barbeque and of course beer.

10. The Unisphere and Panorama – Head to Flushing Meadows Park for hiking, skating, running, barbeques, even plays. It is a great place to spend any afternoon.