Where In Queens To Get Your Cherry Blossom Fix

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Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Queens

Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Flushing

Take in a spring day at this expansive park and enjoy the cherry blossoms adorning the areas surrounding the Queens Museum and the Queens Theatre. For the most picturesque views, head west on the promenade toward the Unisphere.

Queens Botanical Garden Cherry Circle – Flushing

While the Queens Botanical Garden does not have special events for sakura, it does have the beautiful Cherry Circle, where you’ll find cherry blossom trees planted along a winding path and bursting with blooms each spring.

Rainey Park – Long Island City

Head to this sweet neighborhood hidden gem which comes to life in the spring with Okame cherry trees blossoming all along the promenade. The Kwanzan cherry trees on the lawns follow suit a bit later in the season. On Friday, April 22—during spring break—the park hosts Family Fun at Rainey Park featuring a puppet show, craft-making, and live music. FREE

Hunter’s Point South Park – Long Island City

If Yoshino cherry trees are your thing with their very pale pink cherry blossoms maturing into white clusters, this is the place for you. This special variety of cherry trees blooms around the park’s oval which also boasts stellar views of the Manhattan skyline. This little park packs in a lot of features including a central green, playgrounds, adult fitness equipment, a dog run, a bikeway, a waterside promenade, picnic terraces, and a basketball court.

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The U.S. Open tennis tournament will be held this summer as scheduled, but without spectators in the stands.

A general view of Louis Armstrong stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on day one of the 2019 US Open on Aug. 26, 2019​.

FLUSHING, QUEENS — The U.S. Open tennis tournament will be held this summer as scheduled, but without spectators in the stands, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

The U.S. Tennis Association will take “extraordinary precautions” to protect players and staff from the coronavirus as the tournament takes place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in Queens, Cuomo told reporters. Continue Reading ›

Five Reasons Why Fan Week Is An Awesome Way To Enjoy The US Open

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Did you know that the week prior to the Main Draw is filled with free entertainment, heaps of family fun and the chance to watch top tennis stars without dropping a penny?

We’ll let you in on a not-so-well-kept secret: there’s a lot more to the US Open than the finals. Sure, the big matches are thrilling, but the US Open Fan Week (August 19-25), held the week prior to the main event, is shaping up to be a real summer highlight whether or not you’re a tennis obsessive.

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Fan Week—the first being that it’s completely free. Fan Week is when the Qualifying Tournament takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and you won’t pay a thing to see any of the on-court action. On top of that, there’s plenty of entertainment for adults and kids, plus the opportunity to watch some of the world’s top tennis stars return from retirement.

Read on to discover why the US Open Fan Week is an ace way to spend your summer. Game, set, match.  Continue Reading ›

Five Queens Restaurants And Chefs Named As Prestigious James Beard Award semifinalists

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Adda is among the five Queens restaurants and chefs nominated for a James Beard Award

Thirty-seven restaurants and chefs across New York City have been chosen as semifinalists to win the coveted James Beard Award, and this year, five of them are from Queens.

On Feb. 27, the James Beard Foundation announced the nominees for the 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards which included Adda Indian Canteen and Casa Enrique in Long Island City, SriPraPhai in Woodside, Dumpling Galaxy in Flushing and Xi’an Famous foods (multiple locations).

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A New Destination for Chinese Food: Not Flushing, But Forest Hills

A corner of Queens better known for delis and pizza parlors has added a critical mass of new (and creative) Chinese restaurants.

At the Bund, in Forest Hills, Queens, the chef Yan Jun specializes in classic and modern versions of Shanghainese and Sichuan dishes, including a fried pork hock (center) and (clockwise from top left) braised wheat gluten with mushrooms, Peking duck, fried smoke-flavored fish, pan-fried soup dumplings, and rice cakes with pork and preserved greens.CreditCreditAn Rong Xu for The New York Times Continue Reading ›

Queens Gets Ready To Go Batty For Halloween With Parades And Parties


Halloween is almost here, and Queens has lots of fun events for the whole family.

From haunted houses to parades, here are some activities for you to enjoy no matter what neighborhood you live in. Continue Reading ›

What Anthony Bourdain Meant To Queens

It’s hard to eulogize a giant like Anthony Bourdain without feeling like you’ve fallen short.

How can you describe such a master wordsmith and even remotely do him justice?

His June 8 death hit everyone I knew hard, in my little community of food-loving travel addicts. A month later, we still tear up when we mention his name, and we wistfully exchange anecdotes of sweet-natured run-ins and conspiracy theories. Continue Reading ›

Three Queens Neighborhoods Make List Of NYC Areas To Watch In 2018

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All eyes on the FlushingElmhurst and Woodside real estate markets in the new year, according to a recent report.

The three Queens locales made real estate site StreetEasy’s roundup of the 10 New York City neighborhoods to watch in 2018. Buyers, renters and sellers should keep their eye out for an increased interest and rising prices in each of these neighborhoods. Continue Reading ›

Anthony Bourdain Will Eat His Way Through Queens In Sunday’s Episode Of ‘Parts Unknown’

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Anthony Bourdain visits Queens in the latest episode of “Parts Unknown.”

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