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Game, Set, Match! The Ultimate US Open Guide to Queens

With a US Open set to offer adult a common bombardment of tennis thrills and spills, we’ve motionless to call out a home of Arthur Ashe Stadium—Queens, New York!

One of a many ethnically different areas in a world, Queens will unsurprisingly offer we some flattering different options when we next explore a one hundred block miles of authentic New York attitude! (Of course, we know a best thing ever to come out of Queens is a certain five-foot-one brunette of Northern Italian descent—also famous as my poetic wife—but we might be a tad biased. Love you, honey!)

So, for a delicious ambience of Queens, here’s a discerning debate of this sparkling New York borough—all in a New York minute!

1.) Play Ball!

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Xtremest / Shutterstock

Queens is home to many good sporting events, including one of a premier tennis events of a calendar year, a US Open. Running for a integrate of weeks in early September, you’ll find all a stars entrance out day and night, on and off a court!

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is an implausible venue, with views of Manhattan and circuitously parklands, all simply permitted by automobile or rail. Located in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, this is where tennis meets baseball, with New York’s other ball group (sorry Mets fans), a New York Mets, personification in Citi Field (formerly Shea Stadium), right subsequent door!

After a family-friendly day of fun and foot-faults, because not leave a grunts and groans behind as we debate a Manhattan skyline by boat? Skyline Cruises Lunch, Dinner and Party tours leave from a World’s Fair Marina, directly conflicting Citi Field on a Long Island Sound. Once aboard, we can watch take-offs and landings as we cruise past La Guardia, one of a world’s busiest airports. Only in New York!

2.) World’s Fair!

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itoodmuk / Shutterstock

Just a tennis ball’s chuck divided from a stadiums is pleasing and expanded Flushing Meadows – Corona Park. Site of a 1964 World’s Fair, a famous Unisphere has turn one of New York’s many iconic symbols, appearing in large movies, including Men in Black!

Whether we revisit a park for a Zoo, a Botanical Gardens, a ice rink, a swimming pool, a New York Hall of Science (take a breath), or a Queens Museum of Art with a famous and fascinating indication of Manhattan (not full size!), there’s something for everybody in this outrageous park. Make certain we suffer a good stroll, holding in a view and sculptures. Other highlights embody renting a quarrel vessel on Meadow Lake, or removing your enlightenment on during a Queen’s Theatre in a Park. Allow yourself copiousness of time to suffer it all!

Nestled adult opposite Flushing Bay, this is a fourth largest open park in New York City, so don’t “fuhgeddaboudit” when you’re formulation your stay!

3.) Chinatown!

Flushing Main Street Queens, NYC by Terry Ballard is protected underneath CC BY 2.0

“Flushing Main Street Queens, NYC” by Terry Ballard is protected underneath CC BY 2.0

No, we’re not articulate about Lower Manhattan! Flushing, Queens is home to one of a biggest and ever expanding Chinese communities outward of Asia! Main Street is alive with Chinese dialects and filled with cuisines from no fewer than 10 singular Chinese regions.

One of a highlights of Flushing’s Chinatown calendar is a annual jubilee of a Chinese New Year.  Streets are embellished out in red and bullion while over 4 thousand participants dance and call as a normal “Lion and Dragon” dance weaves a approach from Union Street down to Main and 39th. Fireworks, martial arts, good fitness lanterns, and food all ring in a New Year, creation Flushing a noted must-see during this time of year! The Chinese New Year in 2016 is on Monday, Feb 8th, and it’s a year of a Monkey! Find out what Chinese New Year Zodiac animal we are!

4.) Get Artsy!

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KazT / Shutterstock

Long Island City, Queens, is an implausible area that is undergoing a metamorphosis process. With extraordinary views of Manhattan and affordable (for some), room character accommodation, this hip city has been flourishing in poise for a past decade. Check out a extraordinary MoMA PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, a gallery inside an deserted open school, where you’ll find art works dark everywhere from a rooftop, to a custodian’s closet!

Out in a gallery’s courtyard, ready to be vacant by live bands, DJs, producers and enterprising crowds as Warm Up during MoMA PS1 kicks into life on Summer Saturdays. Experimental internal and general music, travelling probably each genre, floods a space as music, art, food, and splash come together in ideal harmony! While you’re watchful for subsequent summer, check out a extraordinary choice of exhibitions watchful to be dignified during MoMA PS1. This is one place where you’ll be blissful it’s a propagandize day!

5.) Astoria

Another Sunday, another brunch day by John Gillespie is protected underneath CC BY-SA 2.0

“Another Sunday, another brunch day” by John Gillespie is protected underneath CC BY-SA 2.0

This historically Greek area in Queens is home to Kaufman Studios, mostly referred to as “the Hollywood of a East Coast.” How come? Famous shows including “Sesame Street” and “Orange is a New Black,” among many others, are featured on this studio’s resume!

Also be certain to check out a pretentious Museum of a Moving Image on 35th Avenue, with live screenings, events, and exhibitions that will intruigued and pleasure all film goers. If all that large shade fad creates we thirsty, locate a cut of European Culture during a Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. Situated on 24th Avenue, a oldest drink garden in New York is a favorite all year round! Serving a outrageous preference of drink and food with a clever change from Slovakia and a Czech Republic, and with adequate outside seating for we and all of your buddies, we simply contingency Czech it out.  Try a Schnitzel or a Slovak sheep cheese!

Queens is a good and affordable choice to Manhattan and with so most to see and do, we might wish to devise some-more than only a day-trip! Did we know that both of New York’s vital airports, JFK and LGA, are located in Queens? Talk about convenience!

Let us know your favorite Queens area in a accessible comments territory below. We’d adore to widespread a word!