Do Things Differently & Visit Queens New York

I’ll go ahead and say it. New York is probably my favourite place in the world. It’s not for everyone, I know that. Often labelled as a ‘concrete jungle’, I think the Big Apple is just magical. I’ve been once, and it’s always been my dream to go again, since it had such an effect on me the first time. There really is just no other place in the world like it. If you’re a bit of a New York-ophile like me, you’ll know about the borough that is Queens. It’s across the East River from Manhattan on Long Island, and is home to around 2 million people, compared to Brooklyn’s 2.6 million. But, if you prefer to really get to know every inch of a place when visiting, it’s safe to say that you will not be disappointed when you visit Queens New York.

Let’s face it – when most people visit New York, they tend to set their sights on Manhattan, ignoring the city’s other boroughs in favour of more ‘touristy’ spots. Queens perhaps has less of the touristy hustle and bustle of neighbouring Manhattan. So, whether you’re planning an upcoming trip to the Empire State, or if you’re just curious about what Queens has to offer, here are some reasons why you should stay there.

Different Things To Do When You Visit Queens New York

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Queens is home to New York’s second largest park, typically referred to as ‘Flushing Meadows’. It’s an awesome place to lounge around at if you’re over the whole Central Park thing. Not only is the park a perfect spot for a summer barbecue, but it also has a zoo, and so much choice when it comes to food and drink. Grab a hearty bite to eat on the go from one of the carts, or sample continental cuisine at the World’s Fair Marina Restaurant, which was originally built as an observation deck for the 1964 World’s Fair. Basically, you can’t go to Queens without visiting picturesque Flushing Meadows.

Unisphere, Flushing Meadows. Visit Queens New York
Unisphere, Flushing Meadows by jschauma on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Queens Museum

After a day spent sunbathing at the park, head over to Queens Museum (also in the park itself). This one-of-a-kind museum opened back in 1971, and houses lots of interesting exhibits for all sorts of tastes and preferences. It’s most famous for its 9,335-square foot model of the city of New York, called ‘The Panorama of the City of New York’. Ongoing exhibitions include the Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System and The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. The neustadt Collection is an array of floral and geometric lamps and windows by the artist Louis C. Tiffany. A very entertaining museum for all.

Panorama of the City of New York
Panorama of the City of New York. Flickr: sarahtarno / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Ganesh Temple of Queens

This work of art is basically a gigantic Hindu temple in the middle of Queens. It was built in 1970 for New York‘s rapidly increasing population of Hindus. Crazy, right? Ganesh Temple was the first Hindu temple to be built in the United States. It’s situated amongst the suburban homes of Flushing, Queens, and stands out like a sore thumb (but in a good way). The Ganesh Temple was built by Indian craftsmen with Indian-imported granite in the southern Indian style. It’s definitely worth a visit for a picture or two when you visit Queens New York. Plus, fans of Indian cuisine will love the food served on the bottom floor, said to be amongst the best.

Ganesh Temple, Queens. Visit Queens New York
Ganesh Temple, Queens. Flickr: Garrett Ziegler / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

RMS Titanic Memorial

It is actually a bit of a shame that New York attractions like this one are so often overlooked in favour of ones in Manhattan. Who knew there was a Titanic memorial in Queens? Well, not me, until now. The memorial is located outside a townhouse where Joseph Colletti lives. Colletti became inspired to create the memorial after watching Raise the Titanic in 1984. Since then, he’s been adding various bits and bobs to his memorial including newspaper clippings and photographs of survivors. Sure, the whole thing is a little eccentric, but it’s definitely worth a stop-off when you visit Queens New York.

Shrine to the RMS Titanic. Visit Queens New York
Shrine to the RMS Titanic by Jason Eppink on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at www.natteringblonde.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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