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Picture of the Queensboro Bridge and Queens taken from Manhattan View of Queens and the Queensboro Bridge from Midtown Manhattan

Welcome to the second article of our new series about the New York City boroughs! In the first article of the series, we introduced you to The Bronx. In this article, we’ll tell you about the most culturally diverse borough in all of New York City: Queens. Like The Bronx and Staten Island, Queens is often outshone by Manhattan and Brooklyn – which is a real shame, as this borough has so much to offer! The borough is made up out of many cultural enclaves that offer authentic shops, restaurants and festivals all pertaining to one particular culture. For example, there’s Chinatown in Flushing, Little India in Jackson Heights and a slice of Greece in Astoria, just to name a few. This makes Queens a true melting pot of cultures, and definitely a borough worth visiting. Queens also boasts some truly fantastic museums, sprawling parks and even a couple of white sandy beaches! There’s definitely a sense of space that you won’t find as easily in Manhattan, which means the borough is full of possibilities. In this article, we’ll show you some of the best things to see and do in the area.

Welcome to Queens

Queens is the largest borough of the five, and second largest in population (after Manhattan). It’s located on the western end of Long Island, and it’s bounded by the East River and the Bronx to the north, Hempstead to the east, Brooklyn to the south, and the East River and Manhattan to the west. The west side of Queens is very urban, while the eastern side is more suburban. Some of the best parks of the borough can be found in the south. Queens is also home to both JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, and features many subway lines and stations, which means it’s very well connected. The A, G, J, and Z trains connect Queens to Brooklyn, and the E, F, M, N, Q, R and 7 trains connect Queens to Manhattan. The 7 train is especially great if you want to get a sense of the borough, as it runs mostly elevated through Queens. Read the entire story here…»


Heading to Astoria Heading to Astoria

Home to some of the best arthouse cinemas in the nation, New York City has long been known as a paradise for movie lovers – the kind of city where you can always find a restored classic or an esoteric documentary with limited distribution playing on a big screen, even in this era of on-demand and iPhone streaming.

But what newcomers and visitors to New York may not know is that an essential component of Gotham movie culture recently re-opened its doors and rapidly re-established itself as an essential destination for anyone who cares about film. This is the mighty Museum of the Moving Image, located right across the East River in Astoria, Queens and home to some of the most imaginative film programming, and film exhibitions, anywhere in the United States.

Opened in 1981, and the subject of a major renovation and expansion just last year, this three-story space erected on the site of the old Astoria Studio (a production powerhouse during the silent movie era) draws committed cinephiles with impeccably curated screenings like the series See It Big!, which presents classics like Lawrence of Arabia and North By Northwest the way they were meant to be shown, in the Museum’s glorious main theater. Read the entire story here…»


Tennis at the U.S. Open in New York Tennis at the U.S. Open in New York

Tennis fans! With the end of August approaching fast, it’s time to start asking: Can 2010 champion Rafael Nadal hold his title against the surging Novak Djokovic? And on the women’s side, will now-healthy Serena Williams continue her impressive comeback streak?

These are the questions aficionados are already pondering ahead of the 2011 US Open Tennis Championships, which runs this year from August 29 to September 11 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Flushing Meadows is located in Queens, a district that offers lovely apartment rentals. One of the biggest sporting events in the world, the US Open takes place over two weeks every August and September, marking the transition from summer to fall and drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the eastern edge of Queens.

As the most glamorous large-scale sporting event New York has to offer (sorry, Yankees), the US Open is something that every visitor to New York should see at least once. It is, however, a very large event, and both the sprawling grounds of the Tennis Center and the sheer number of matches taking place can be a little daunting for newcomers. For the benefit of the uninitiated, New York Habitat the following pointers, which may help you orient yourself that much more easily. Read the entire story here…»


1 Bedroom Rental in Jackson Heights, Queens - NY-11830 1 Bedroom Rental in Jackson Heights, Queens - NY-11830

The Queens borough is known for its seamless blend of diverse people and background. As the largest borough of New York, it offers proximity to the city within a delightful suburban setting. If looking for comfortable accommodations while visiting Manhattan, then this one-bedroom apartment in Jackson Heights (NY-11830) is the perfect getaway!

While its closeness to Manhattan is an undeniable plus, there are plenty of places and apartments to explore within the Queens. Flushing Meadows Park provides a convenient escape as it is the site of both New York World’s Fairs and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. With its residential charm, many city-dwellers find solace in the relaxing environment of Queens. New York Habitat features other apartments in the area like this one-bedroom in Astoria (NY-6469) or this one-bedroom in Woodside (NY-11788). Read the entire story here…»


Photo of the Triborough Bridge in Astoria Photo of the Triborough Bridge in Astoria

The neighborhood of Astoria is one of the most convenient and lively neighborhoods of Queens to rent an apartment. In addition to having two main subway lines (N,W trains on 31st Street and R,V trains on Broadway) running through the neighborhood there are two bridges that lead to Manhattan for easy access.

The neighborhood is known for its high quality Greek and Italian restaurants as well as Steinway Street, the main shopping drag. Another advantage in Astoria is the Astoria Park which runs along the East River for several blocks and offers panoramic views of the east side of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and the Triboro Bridge. Read the entire story here…»