Queens Neighborhood Guide

Queens is the easternmost borough of the five boroughs of New York City and geographically the largest. It shares water borders with the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx.

Queens is a borough which offers a balanced lifestyle of “suburban” living and plenty of activity and nightlife, but Manhattan is just short train or subway ride away. Almost half of Queens’ residents are immigrants, so this is a great place to stay if you are looking for diversity. As with all of New York City, the borough is divided into many neighborhoods, and here we will name just a few of them.

Queens Neighborhoods Recommended

  • Astoria – Astoria Park shaded by Hell Gate Bridge, two beer gardens and a nightlife.
  • Long Island City – Emerging hotspot with art galleries and swanky restaurants.
  • Sunnyside – Overlooking the East River – see Empire State Building.
  • Forest Hills – Forest Park, cafes, boutiques and nightclubs along Austin Street.
  • The Rockaways – Scenic coastal neighborhood.
  • Glendale – Professional sports, upscale dining and art galleries.
  • Jackson Heights – Main drag of an Indian/South Asian Enclave
  • Woodside – Mass transit readily available, Thai, Filipino and Irish Cuisine

Queens – Places to go and Things to do

  • Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria
  • Little India in Jackson Heights – Some of the best eating in all of NYC. Cool shopping.
  • P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center – Long Island City
  • Dorsky Gallery – Long Island City – Independent curators exhibit contemporary art
  • Museum of the Moving Image – Astoria – Hands-on exhibits for entire family used to be Paramount Pictures.
  • Flushing Meadows – Created as the site of the 1939/40 World’s Fair.
  • The New York Hall of Science - For kids, with focus on biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Gantry Plaza State Park - Long Island City - 10-acre park with playground and a Riverwalk with unobstructed views of Midtown Manhattan and United Nations Building.
  • Citi Field – Watch the New York Mets play ball.
  • Louis Armstrong House Museum