The Best Neighborhoods in Queens, New York

Neighborhoods to Visit in Queens, New York

Located on the eastern side of New York City, Queens is the largest borough geographically. It has a more suburban atmosphere and it moves at a slightly more relaxed pace than some of the other boroughs. This borough also has a down-to-earth quality that still offers easy access to everything that the city has to offer. Queens is also a very diverse borough and you can enjoy the many different ethnic restaurants and cultural opportunities that are available here.
This popular neighborhood is filled with single family homes, shared backyards, tree-lined streets, and flowering gardens. There are corner coffee shops, cafes, beer gardens, and Greek tavernas. A popular shopping street is Steinway, and big box retailers are found along Northern Boulevard. The waterfront by RFK Bridge is a popular hangout spot. Astoria is also where you'll find Socrates Sculpture Park.
Looking out on Long Island Sound, this neighborhood is popular with boaters. It's right by the Throggs Neck Bridge and there are many biking and running trails along the waterfront.
Interested in more travel advice for New York City? Check out The Best Neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY and The Best Neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Flushing is an older area in Queens, and it has the fourth largest central business district in New York City. There are also many residential streets in the area, as well as a large Chinatown section. Kissena Corridor Park and Queens Botanical Garden are in this neighborhood as well.
Forest Hills
This neighborhood sits right on the edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It is filled with Tudor-style 1920s homes on large lots. This area is also popular for its concerts at Forest Hills Stadium. The main commercial street is Austin St. which has a number of good restaurants and shops.
Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens is a quiet neighborhood in Queens. Most of the restaurants are along Metropolitan Avenue or Lefferts Boulevard. The area also has a botanical gardens and a number of good walking trails.
Long Island City
Long Island City has recently grown into a trendy neighborhood with lively bars, lounges, and slightly more affordable real estate. The area has breweries, restaurants, and entertainment options that appeal to young professionals and anybody who wants to enjoy city life. By the East River there are a number of nice dining areas. This neighborhood is also where you'll find Gantry State Park and Hunter's Point Park.
This residential neighborhood has restaurants along Queens Boulevard.
The Rockaways
Located in the southern section of Queens, this neighborhood is right by the ocean. There are beaches and parks here as well as a ferry service to Battery Park. It's also just a short train ride from JFK airport. For music, check out a concert at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club
If you're looking for more information about New York City, read The Best Views In New York City and The Best Parks, Gardens, and Things to Do Outdoors in New York City.
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