Long Island City, Queens, is known for its thriving contemporary arts scene. Browse one of the neighborhood’s many small galleries or head to one of its cultural institutions. The Noguchi Museum is a two-story renovated commercial space that boasts the world’s most extensive collection of pieces by the internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. And MoMA PS1, an affiliate of Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art, showcases the work of up-and-coming artists from around the world. The Museum of the Moving Image, a few subway stops away, has an interactive exhibit on the history of film as well as more than 130,000 artifacts in its permanent collection.
Jackson Heights, one of Queens’ most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, is the place to go to sample cuisines from around the world. Dine at one of the hundreds of Indian, Latin American, Nepalese and Tibetan restaurants, then browse the likes of Butala Emporium, a South Asian market, and India Sari Palace, where you can purchase gorgeous tailored garments.
Other borough highlights include Citi Field, where baseball’s New York Mets play, and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, a sprawling greenspace that contains a variety of museums and attractions, including the New York Hall of Science.
Many visitors come to Flushing to enjoy sports, as the neighborhood is home to both Citi Field, where the New York Mets play baseball, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the US Open Tennis Championships are held each summer. But there’s so much more to Flushing, a thriving hub of culture with a diverse population. The neighborhood features one of NYC’s biggest Chinatowns and a thriving Asian food scene. Nearby is sprawling historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park, a leading Queens attraction with its wide variety of cultural institutions, including fascinating museums, performing arts venues and outdoor recreation spaces.
New York’s National League baseball team since 1962 moved into this state-of-the-art, 42,000-seat ballpark in 2009. Citi Field echoes the design of Ebbets Field while also paying tribute to the team’s Polo Grounds and Shea Stadium heritage, and the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum, next to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, celebrates the history of the organization. There are dining options ranging from hot dogs to upscale food stands to limited-access club restaurants with views of the playing field. It’s not only a fantastic place to watch the game, it’s also the perfect place to hold your event, with more than 200,000 square feet of hospitality space for corporate meetings, receptions, trade shows and private parties. Guided tours are also available.
Eleven acres devoted to wildlife native to the Americas, including mountain lions, bison, spectacled bears. Guests will feel transported to majestic areas such as the Great Plains and the rocky California coast. Admission.
Queens Theatre is the premier performing arts center in the borough of Queens. Located just steps from the landmark Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Theatre presents more than 200 performances a year—including theater, dance, concerts, a popular Family Series and cultural programming—in three performance venues: a 472-seat Mainstage, a 90-seat Studio Theatre and a 70-seat Cabaret. Come early and have a glass of wine in the theater’s new Rotunda Lobby, an award-winning, glass-walled room that offers panoramic views of the park.
Changing exhibits of 20th-century art. Films, talks, lectures, family programs. Panorama of New York City, Tiffany lamps. Large, medium and small event spaces include those with stunning views of the Unisphere, 85-seat theater, gallery spaces.
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