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April 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm
I heard that Forest hills is very nice. The Donald's (Trump) parents have a home there. Also I attended the U.S. Open there once (tennis) …
Dean in Florida
April 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm
May I invite you to come to Lithuania?:)
April 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm
Jackson Heights.I just moved out and lived there for over 5 years. It's the most diverse place I've ever seen in my life. Try to research when there are parades.
April 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Scott, you should walk around LIC in the summer, make sure to stop by Dutch Kills on Jackson BLVD. If you come and shoot a "warm-up" at PS1 during the warmer months, you will not be disappointed. I was born in St. Petersburg, and have been in Queens since I was a child, so I feel uniquely qualified to comment on this…
Astoria! Check out the cafes on 30th ave. The woman love to get dressed to the nine just to get a Frappe.
April 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm
I bet you would get some lovely shots at the Bohemian Beer Garden on 29th Street and 24th Ave. All kinds of people go there when the weather is nice.
I'd also try the Broadway area. It's such a lovely neighborhood with all these amazing old storefronts—everything from butchers to bakeries to sewing machine repair shops! There's a great vintage store on 31st Ave called Loveday 31 that's definitely worth checking out.
- Catherine at Littlehouse of Stylehttp://littlehouseofstyle.blogspot.com/
April 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm
Queens gal here- my rebuttal to the cliched Queen stereotype is Astoria, lovely, multicultural Astoria. I would have you walk along the neat row houses off of Broadway or 30th Ave. with turn of the century details, stopping at authentic enclaves like an all Brazilian supermarket (Rio Bonito at 36th Ave. between 32 St. and 33 St.)or a sliver of a Breton restaurant run by a tempestuous one man show of a chef (Cafe Triskell at 36 Ave. between 33 St. and 34th St.). Sunny days beg for a long session at any of the Greek cafes that set up sidewalk tables along 30th Ave. drinking very small coffees and massive pastries. Along the way you'll encounter a host of ethnicities wearing traditions on their backs- Greeks, Brazilians, Indians, Arabs, Eastern Europeans- did I mentions there's even the 'little Egypt' along Steinway north of 28th Ave.?
So now you have the keys to start discovering this amazing borough, whether you have the appreciation for it will lie entirely with you.
J. Fonte for RogueRanting.com
April 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Astoria, Scott, is the best Neighborhood in New York City. Hands down. Beer Gardens, Socrates Sculpture Garden, Beautiful public pool, bike lanes, bistros and cafes. Some of the restaurants- particularly the Egyptian and Greek food- are to die for. . also the most diverse neighborhood in the country. Visit Astoria. It's so charming, I promise you, you will fall in love with the neighborhood.:)
April 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm
In the summer I would check out the Beer Garden on 24th Ave/ 31st St. Astoria. Also in Astoria is the Museum of the Moving Imgae on 36th St/ 35th Ave. Astoria park is always busy on nice days, too. Hope you spot some of the more stylish Astorians!
April 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm
Take a trip to Astoria. A walk down Steinway Street and Astoria Blvd should be the way to go
Long Island City as well
April 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Despite being a New Yorker, I always love spending a Saturday with a group of good friends at the beer gardens in Astoria. An open-air, spacious courtyard with picnic tables, food stands, and endless steiners of beer makes this a great location to have a boozey afternoon.
and its just a subway away!
April 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm
You are learning my brother!
PC is No joke….I'm from Queens but now live in Fort Greene (20plus years)…so in your defence you were not far off, it was very corny but quaint growing up there in the 60's -70's. But Queens is cool for inspiration, lots of folks from all over the world living there now. I'm born and raised (A.American) NYer but still fasinated by the cultural diversity of Queens.Worth taking a look.
April 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm
the czech beer garden in astoria is fantastic for warm weather… http://www.bohemianhall.com/
April 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm
Main Street, Flushing–like being in Hong Kong, with dashes of Delhi here and there. Tons of shops and restaurants.
74th Street in Jackson Heights @ Roosevelt Ave.–lots of Indian sari and jewelry shops.
The town of Douglaston–near the Nassau County border, if you're looking for beautiful old Victorian Mansions.
Brighton Beach–They say it's like being in Kiev. Check out the boardwalk, with its Russian restaurants.
April 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm
i live in jackson heights and can second that it is insanely diverse.
April 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm
jamaica avenue is really colorful and unique!
April 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Queens is a humble borough :)
Long Island City – *Dutch Kills for sure*PS 1 Warm-Up yes*You would probably appreciate the Subdivision Boutique on Vernon Blvd. Small-run Indie fashion and accessories*LIC Bar also on Vernon has live music on Mondays and Wednesdays – Sundays too out in the yard all summer long *Vine Wine on Jackson Ave has Wednesday Wine Tastings full of great outfits
There are tons and tons of musicians and artists in Astoria too…Check out the Bohemian Beer Garden when they are having summer concerts – large concentration of kids out to see shows. (great beer!)
April 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm
check out astoria park and gantry park!
April 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm
Queens is so big, you'd need more than one afternoon for sure! The breadth of culture here is amazing; I grew up there and currently live in NYC, and there's still tons of neighborhoods I haven't explored. With that in mind, here are some must-see locales. While you likely won't see a ton of high fashion (at least not in the way it's represented on Fifth Ave.), you'll find tons of real, individual style.
-Main Street in Flushing – start by checking out the Orthodox section of the neighborhood; you'll see elegance and quirkiness despite the modesty of dress. Then, head to Chinatown where you'll find the most chaotic, fascinating slice of life. Young kids dressed in mall trends, adults in simple, traditional garb, and everything in between.-Jackson Heights – vibrant Indian culture and fashion set against a bustling, sometimes gritty backdrop. -Astoria – old Greek and Egyptian men coexist with skinny-jeans hipsters-Long Island City – artists, rich families living in high-rises, and lifetime Queens residents. The result is real mix of looks, from edgy to classic. (And for some real creative dressing, come to PS 1 this summer for one of the weekend dance parties!)-Howard Beach – tough guys in wife beaters, plus women dressed to the nines-Forest Hills Gardens – preppy, elegant, and a bit ritzy. The posh look of the people who live there definitely reflects the stunning surroundings
April 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm
I love all these suggestions. I would add the Noguchi Museum Long Island City – the interesting thing would be to see local and international perspective because I know people catch the bus from the Asian Art Museum to go to the Museum. And when you want to keep heading north come on out the Hudson Valley.
April 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Check out Sunnyside – especially this time of year. Just east of LIC, one of the first planned communities in America – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunnyside,_Queens. Really cool buildings – mostly built in the 20's and 30's. On the north side the blocks are connected by gardens with pathways between the blocks. Big Irish community, but also really diverse. They shot Raising Helen there and said it was Astoria. Lots of amazing cheap food (but that's so much of Queens). Also, check out Stray – the vintage store on Skillman and 48th – really cute and well-edited.
April 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm
April 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm
ASTORIA!!!the fab older greeks and the younger not greek ones. come, come to astoria.
April 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm
Bayside, Fort Totten are picturesque places. Loads of greenery and beautiful cottage houses!
April 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm
http://www.sweetaftonbar.com/ in astoria is worth checking out.
April 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm
This made my day! I second the vote for the Noguchi Museum. There are so many interesting places and looks in Queens.
April 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm
I've tried giving Queens a chance in all accounts and I am always disappointed. People who talk it up are seriously just coaxing people there to make something happen. You would probably have better luck shooting in Seacacus, NJ…
April 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm
Austin Street in Forest Hills!
April 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm
National Geographic wrote a recent article called "From Africa to Astoria by Way of Everywhere". In it, genographics and scientists collected DNA from Astorians celebrating the 30th Avenue Street Festival in July, proving the incredible amount of diversity in this neighborhood. Below is the article-
If you want to be influenced by different cultures, simply visit Astoria during one of the festivals. I'm a young Exhibition Director working in Manhattan who has lived in Astoria for 2 years and never plan on moving out!
April 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm
i'm moving to astoria in a few months. i am a musician and sometimes photographer. williamsburg is too obvious obnoxious these days. i call it the times square for hipsters haha! i hope you find me and i'll be sure to email you a few photos of my new hood. xx! amber
I'm in South Ozone Park but the best places to shoot fashion are the places in Queens where people are usually very well dressed. These are: Astoria (steinway st)Forest Hills (austin st)Kew Gardens (Queens Blvd)Bay Terrace (Bell Blvd)the Queens Center Mall area Glendale's Atlas Park Mall area Crossbay Blvd in Howard Beach
And that's really about it. Hope it helps.
April 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm
shoot in front of graffiti at 5 points: http://queens.about.com/od/thingtodo/ss/lic_art_2.htm
April 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm
Pleasent Ville: Stylish and Elegant
White Plains: Hip and Youthfullness esp.the westchester mall
Yonkers: Where Warburton Av & Glenwood Av in the summer on a tuesday basketball summer season..You can catch Bow Wow, Nate Robinson & Jkiss shooting hoops infront of the youth of Yonkers
I spend half my time in Ldn and half in NY and those in NY are defo more intresting alert and free…sitting infront of the public library adj to 42nd – the women, men and children tht walk past are fasignating.
but Union Sqaure is slightly more upcoming 'again'!
April 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm
Brick Cafe, 31st Avenue and 33rd Street, Astoria. Walk in any direction from there; 35th Street and 31st Avenue is particularly beautiful. Il Bambino is not to be missed, sartorially and gastronomically.
Jackson Heights, the historic areas, are beyond beautiful.
April 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm
Lovely Astoria! Loveday 31 is a great vintage store. For dining: the Locale on 34th avenue, the Brick on 34th street between 3oth avenue and 31 avenue, Cavo has the greatest garden and is a typical Greek restaurant that turns into a club after 11 pm. Ditmars boulevard area is nice too, 30 avenue with cafes open 24 hours, Broadway, also the Museum of the Moving Image area with the new beer garden (the other one Bohemian Beer Garden is great too). The Museum of the Moving Image, the Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park are all worth seeing.Long Island City is great too. You can take a stroll by the piers, catch the P.S.1 warm up party, then the water taxi beach (but maybe you should wait till June to do these events). There are lovely bistros on Jackson/Vernon there. Also the Foundry is a spectacular space to rent for events.Forest Hills's Austin street, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside….there is so much to see in Queens, although it takes more time to explore because the distance between these different parts is usually longer than Manhattan.
April 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm
main street, flushing: a uniquely wonderful mix of Hong Kong, Shanghai and New York City fashion
April 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm
Oops. I suggested Brighton Beach + Coney Island earlier. They're in Brooklyn, of course. (but share a coastline.)
Go to downtown Jamaica–very definitely in Queens–for rough & ready street fashion. When you see it, it's dynamite.
April 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm
- Graffiti at 5 points - Flushing Meadows Park, lots of greenery and a huge monument of a globe surrounded by a water fountain- Main St in Flushing- Astoria
April 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm
Based on what you usually shoot, I'd probably say Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, and Forest Hills. If you're looking for a more urban or ethnic street style, I'd say maybe Jackson Heights or Jamaica Ave.
I'd like to give Flushing and Bayside a shout out too, since I've lived there almost my entire life. Food and culture wise it's amazing, but style-wise I'm not so sure. But then again you might catch some interesting Asian youth street styles.
But, there's always plenty of Jersey shore style here too lol.
April 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm
Hey Scott: i am a native NYer with a sense of humor – just don't talk about The Bronx – kidding.
April 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm
Astoria is named after John Jacob Astor. The Museum of the Moving Image is in Queens, and so is Silvercup Studios, the largest production facility in NYC. My friends lived in Long Island City in a huge old house backed up to the East River, and they had a lovely garden and some of the best views of Midtown Manhattan in all of NYC. And don't forget Flushing Meadows Park with its Men In Black UFO's!
April 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm
Jackson Heights. Great mix of faces, fashion and ethnicities in one of the original garden-cities of the US. Really a fabulous combination.
But of course Astoria, Flushing-Main Street, LIC are just as awesome.
April 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm
April 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm
Before you start in on the remaining boroughs, my best friend lives in Marble Hill in the Bronx, near the gorgeous Botanic Garden, the Bronx Armory and the Edgar Allen Poe historic house, in a neighborhood of beautiful old homes with fantastic views of the Hudson River. And I lived in St. George on Staten Island for several years, with the best harbor views in New York. SI has a Tibetan museum, a Colonial village reconstruction at Richmondtown, tree-lined streets with lovely old sea captains’ houses and the St. George library, which has Tiffany windows, plus the highest point in NYC, on Todt Hill. Let’s not forget the awesome harbor crossing on the ferry that swings right by Lady Liberty. And behold the beauty that is the Snug Harbor cultural center: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors'_Snug_Harbor
I love Forest Hills for street style! Every day I find myself wishing I had more room in my bag for my camera…
April 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm
I definitely agree with Main Street Flushing. Heavily populated by asian immigrants, you will undoubtedly find cultural inspiration there. From traditional garb to their interpretation of east meets west – it truly is a diamond in the rough. Also it wouldn't be a bad idea to chow on some of the delicious cuisine!! There is a lovely korean restaurant that has been there for maybe 20+ years or so, Geum Gan San – great korean bbq, served with tons of traditional side dishes!!
April 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm
Dear Scott, u should come check out Long Island City Vernon Blvd walk around there. i used to live there i love it so much!!!
April 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm
i'm glad to see queens get a little sartorialist attention (although whitestone, where i live, is a virtual blackhole for fashion). i would suggest astoria for a great mix of old world and cool/creative/contemporary style. it's also exceptionally diverse and has seen a tremendous shift towards a younger population (can't beat queens rent and a five minute subway ride to manhattan)but has been able to maintain the traditional european feel that makes it unlike anywhere else in queens.
April 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm
Queens is cool but you really should give Vancouver, Canada a try. Haha i know that's a bit far off but the downtown crowd is very cool.
Screw Queens! You should come up to Fordham Road in the Bronx. I've been DYING to photograph some of the outfits up here. (I promise, I'll protect you)
Seriously though, where else in the 5 boros are you going to find DaVinci's Last Supper done in a bling bling medallion necklace on a giant chain?
April 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Thank you, Scott, I appreciate your good-spirited call for interesting places in my boro of Queens.
Sunnyside — Will have a Greenmarket on Saturdays starting in June (Skillman Ave and 42nd st), and Sunnyside Gardens (Skillman Blvd between 40th to 48th sts) is a landmark historic area with very charming 2-story homes and beautiful tree-lined streets. Alpha Donut on Queens Blvd and 46th St is an old-school lunch counter and donut shop. Gaslight is an Irish pub on Queens Blvd near 45th Street with a backyard garden. You can take the 7 train to 40th St or 46th St.
Astoria — Besides the Bohemian beer garden and Astoria Park is the Dimars Blvd area, with lots of old time Greek restaurants. Broadway, Steinway St, and 30th Ave corridor have streetside cafes and restaurants with good opportunity for people watching. Near the Kaufman Astoria Studios (home to Sesame Street) are likely more cafes and restaurants.
Jackson Heights — if you take the 7 train to 74th St you'll see a riotous mix of colors and cultures. 74th Street has many Indian shops and restaurants, while along 37th Ave are a mix of Colombian and other South American food places. North of 37th Ave towards 80th st is an historic landmarked area of Jackson Heights with large apt courtyards and gardens — these apts were built for actors/movie stars who worked at the Kaufman Astoria Studios back in the 1950s.
Flushing — Main St and Roosevelt Ave has Chinese and Korean and Taiwanese restaurants and shops. I bet you can find a interesting mix of street style based on trends from Asia and mixed with urban NY style. Elderly Asian people have an uncanny sense of style here too, in my opinion.
LIC — PS 1 and the Noguchi Sculpture Park. Water Taxi Beach — a bar on the East River with great views of Manhattan. The 5 Points Graffiti Museum — an outdoor graffiti museum you can see from the 7 train, take it to the 45 Rd/Court House Sq station. Tournesol is a great little bistro at Vernon/Jackson Blvd stop on the 7 train.
Woodside — everything you have read and heard about the Thai restaurant Sripaphai is true — a must-eat place. Near the 69th St stop on the 7 train.
I really hope your Queens outing(s) are fun and that you find interesting people and places to photograph. Best of luck!
April 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm
flushing meadow park doesn't get enough cred. it's one of the most lively and energetic places to be in queens on a warm day. everyone grilling, playing soccer, biking, sailing. the boats and lake make for beautiful scenery.
April 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm
Forest Hills Gardens on a warm, sunny day, its absolutely beautiful.AstoriaMalba- just to look at the gorgeous housesKissena Park and the Queens Botanical Gardens, especially in the springJamaica Bay Wildlife RefugeLong Island City (BEER GARDEN :D)Howard Beach (New Park- best pizza in new york)
April 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm
As a former Queens resident I would say that all of the suggestions you've received so far are great ones! Visit Astoria, Jackson Heights, and Douglaston and you might find some cool people in Flushing Meadows Park and around Arthur Ash Stadium during the U.S. Open.
April 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm
You have to go to Ravel in Long Island City. It's a new boutique hotel with a rooftop bar with a glorious view of the city. They have a projector and screen films in the summer time. Cunningham Park, 71st and Continental, and go see a Mets game at Citifield (forever "Shea" in my heart). You should go around the U.S. Open and see some tennis fashion.
P.S. We have two airports in Queens, so that should be nice and convenient.
169th street and hillside or 179th street and jamaica or hillside where the F subway stops. May not seem like the stereotypical place but watching people get off the subway after work in the city you wouldn't believe the outfits. Maybe not as trendy as you'd expect but there is a definite air of style.
April 12, 2010 at 8:51 pm
Long Island City:
Vernon Blvd – Socrates Sculpture Park in summer and Great event space 'The Foundry' – unreal building, http://www.thefoundry.info
April 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm
I hope I bump into you! I live in Flushing, Queens!
April 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm
I know this isn't Queens, I would be really interested in seeing you shoot regions of southern Brooklyn, including Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, and Brighton Beach. (Subway stops of Kings Highway, Sheepshead Bay, and Brighton Beach on the Q train line, respectively.)
These are all working class regions of immigrants to first, or second generation. I would really love to see some interesting shots of these neighborhoods and their citizens.
I went to high school around Fort Greene and it was really exciting to see shots of the neighborhood in your lens. I thank you for that.
If you would like particular spots of the neighborhoods I've outlined above (like cross-streets) please feel free to contact me.
April 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm
You should take the Jersey suggestion and visit Jersey City. Sit in a cafe on Grove St or see the varied fashions around Journal Sq.
April 12, 2010 at 9:30 pm
Perfect.I am the 1st commenter from the other day. I was born and raised in Queens, and it has been only a year that my appreciate for this borough cleared up.
One thing people are forgetting is yes, the Sartorialist would love to see new places, and Queens has amazing destinations, but what will complete his experience is style.
I believe if you were to come over the bridge or through the tunnel, you will find what you desire in the elders. Which is fascinating to watch the prints and choice of colors, taken from the past and still fresh because of their comfortable, similar living throughout the years.
As a source of inspiration please take my word and visit….Long Island City on a friday night. Go for a glass of champagne at your own destination decision, then stroll to the pier. Where everything is quiet and all you can see is the lights of the city. Sunnyside- on a weekend afternoon. Eat cevicheForest Hills- on a weekday afternoon Flushing- and find yourself an Asian secret spot. Where you can eat sabu sabu and shrimp shumai. Then stroll through the botanical gardens. Bayside- Where you feel complete peace of the 90's.
As an individual from the Industry, I truly hope you will find the true source of inspiration you look for in every other country. I believe you can.
April 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm
Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. Though sometimes reviled for their over-the-top houses and styles, the Bukharian Jewish community from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan dresses to the nines. Especially interesting are the older men, who seem to never leave the house without a suit and hat. They tend to hang out outside the restaurants on the boulevard, and would be quite interesting as subjects.
April 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm
April 12, 2010 at 11:44 pm
Why do the people have to tell you about a part of your own city? Why not find out for yourself? Do you need to know how stylish a places reputation is to explore it?
It's easy to find stylish people at fashion shows in Manhattan, Paris, Milan, etc., and I appreciate seeing them sometimes. I find it more interesting when you find the stylish everyday people that are not in the most obvious places, like when you had pics of people in Harlem. I'm sure there are stylish people in Queens as well.
April 13, 2010 at 12:02 am
Main Street Flushing. It's an authentic Little Chinatown
April 13, 2010 at 12:13 am
I admit I was one of the cranky defensive Queens posters from the previous entry. Thanks Sart for giving us a chance… hope we don't disappoint! Can't wait to see your Queens post.
April 13, 2010 at 1:11 am
Scott, Queens is great because it is part of the greatest city in the world. I can mention 1000 places you should visit from restaurants to art galleries, water front views, stylish and diverse communities etc.. but I rather invite you to Queens and offer to be your host. I guarantee you will get some great shots, we can enjoy great food, and please bring Garance along so that we may finish off the day with some Margaritas, all in Queens!..
April 13, 2010 at 3:36 am
People are so emotional!!! Denying that Queens is a sartorial & cultural black hole is ridiculous! It's not Scott's fault-he just called it the way the whole world see's it!!!!
Asotria is ok-nothing new though…..apart from that it's just not a stylish place. That being said, there is plenty of substance. No style though.
April 13, 2010 at 9:05 am
Beyond the Beer Garden…
Please try walking on Austin Street, in Forest Hills; Roosevelt Avenue and 37th Avenue and the surrounding blocks which are the heart of a South Asian neighborhood; and Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside. Not only will you be pleasantly impressed to find ethnic style, but also character – which in my opinion is most important in fashion. Queens still carries some of the most authentic and unique shops…but it's really about the people. Queens people are borough-folk…what has really made New York the great city it is.
April 13, 2010 at 9:12 am
i think people just like to make something that is an obvious joke into something serious. The world's a stage, and drama is in their genes.
April 13, 2010 at 11:10 am
Jackson Heights (which has tons of artists and architects), Long Island City (again, lots of artists), and Astoria are all great places. Sunnyside is charming, although I'm not sure if there are tons of fashionable people there. But maybe.
April 13, 2010 at 11:11 am
Although, contrary to the other opinion above, I wouldn't walk Roosevelt Avenue for fashion. I love Jackson Heights, but it's not very scenic under the subway.
April 13, 2010 at 11:14 am
Astoria!! Many before me have already sung it's praises so you must know it's special! Try to go on a beautiful spring morning…start with a walk past the cafes on 30th Ave…stop at one and have a frappe with the regulars with your chair turned towards the street for people watching…indulge in some 'dolce far ninete'…marvel at all the different people from Eastern Europe, Greece, Brazil, Egypt, etc that call it home and love it…while deciding which of the many restaurants to try out take a walk on 36th Street between 3oth Ave and 31st Ave to see the little gardens that make the neighborhood so special…if you're lucky maybe the Linden trees will be in bloom…it feels a little bit like a transplant of an Old European sleepy provincial town brought back to vibrant life by the variety of people and cultures that love to call it home.. Can you tell that I miss it? And I only left it 1 month ago :)…There's even a Galician Center serving tapas! Who else has that?! :) Try Mediterranean Foods on 34th St. for yummy goodies, Artopolis Bakery for takeaway pastries and Agnanti Restaurant for mezes on a porch by the park…the fashion will not be avantgarde but will reward instead with individuality…I really love your posts so I can't wait to see the old neighborhood again through your eyes. Enjoy Queens!
April 13, 2010 at 11:30 am
eat at agnati in astoria and then take a walk over to the beer hall on a warm night. astoria has a unique mix of greek, eastern european, and irish culture and is only 20 minutes from nyc.
April 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm
take the N/W to Ditmars and park you bum in the chaos around you.
or i'd get off at broadway and walk around.
April 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm
Scott,I know it is short notice but if you'd like to experience Queens I'd like to extend an invitation to the St. John's University Fashion Club's annual fashion show, this year's theme is "Cirque de la Mode." It is next Thursday, April 22.
Check out our blog: http://www.stjohnsfashionclub.blogspot.com
April 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm
I visited Sunnyside last year and found the whole area there just under the 7 train stop to be full of life and vibrancy and history (of Irish immigrants, etc.) Enjoy!
April 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm
You must go to Astoria – specifically the 30th Ave stop! You'll get a mix of Euro, hipster, and mom-n-pop fabulousness.
First, peek into Athena's nails between 31st and 32nd Streets. Then, grab a bagel from Hot Bagel, which is next door.
For some shopping, head over to 31st Ave and 33rd Street to see Loveday 31 (my favorite vintage in the city), then walk up 31st Ave to take in all of the cute shops and restaurants. Candy Plum (36th St & 31st Ave) is another good one with local and "green" designers and cute accessories. If you're hungry again or want coffee, Il Bambino is a must. Just walk all the way up to Steinway and check out what a different world is crossing!
For some scenery, you should walk all the way west to the water to Socrates Sculpture Park. You'll find a various assortment of artists, fishermen, families out for strolls, etc. with views of Manhattan. And there will be loads of rundown industrial buildings to pique your interest along the way.
April 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm
I recommend you visit Main st, Flushing! Even if you aren't impressed by the Asian influenced street fashion, the food is amazing! Queen's is the most ethnically diverse place in the country! I'm sure you'll be able to find something to inspire you!
April 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm
Come out to Forest Hills and Rego Park (71 Continental and Austin St. area, 108 St and around the subway stops of 63 Av and 67 Dr). Also, you'll be pleasantly surpsised by the variety and rich culture of LIC, Astoria, Sunnyside…. come out to Queens!
BTW – Thnx for the pix, I used to live in Moscow and that was a nice reminder.
awww, Queens. I lived in Sunnyside and Astoria during my 2 year stay in NYC. No, not the most fashionable places in the world, but Queens was kind (and affordable) to me. No doubt, its diversity alone should be celebrated. As one anonymous poster put it, it has "substance" and lacks the pretension of other boroughs.
April 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm
Walking through Forest Hills Gardens is like stepping into a tudor village in rural England. Also, Forest Hills is home to Eddie's Sweet Shop an old time ice cream and soda shop–they don't make 'em like that anymore. And don't miss the West Side Tennis Club also in Forest Hills Gardens, the former home of the US Open. Members are required to wear tennis whites on the court, and the architecture is the same tudor as the rest of the neighborhood.
April 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm
All the previous suggestions are great. You should also check out a game of cricket @ Flushing Meadows Park. I usually see guys playing there on Sunday morning/afternoon.
April 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm
FOREST HILLS or KEW GARDENS!!!Architecture is absolutely beautiful, and there are some very interesting people around!
April 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm
5 Pointz and Socrates Sculpture Park are awesome!
April 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm
my vote is for astoria, the energy on the street as the weather warms and year round is absolutely amazing!
April 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm
Come to Sunnyside! I have lived here for the past two years and I love the community. The people are kind, and the area around Skillman Ave. is beautiful. After Sunnyside, go to Jackson Heights, and then Flushing. The 7 line will take you on a fantastic adventure through some of the most diverse neighborhoods.
April 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm
Come check out Ft. Totten, a 19th-century Army base on the eastern edge of Queens.
When you stand on the parade ground and look out over the LI Sound, you'll not believe that you're actually in NYC.
It's an amazing place.
April 13, 2010 at 11:37 pm
Astoria!Ditmars Blvd and 31st street. Lots of fashionably dressed young singles and young families.
April 13, 2010 at 11:54 pm
Go to Sunnyside, Queens. Get off on 46th street on the 7 train line, hang out on Queens Boulevard for a while, walk to Skillman Avenue. Hang out, wait for natives, take pictures. Avoid cliche-filled areas, like Steinway street, Astoria. I don't mean to offend anybody, I just call it as I see it.
April 14, 2010 at 7:07 am
I spent a summer in Queens about 5 years ago, right by Junction Blvd. I moved from a small coastal town in the south of England right into this cazy, multicultural place. It was fascinating for me. The tacky clothes shops mixed with big name brands on top of a complete variation in people. I felt like I was on the set of a film, walking past what I thought were 'gangsters' from hip hop videos while swinging my umbrella. It was an experience I'll never forget. Maybe it'll be the same for you.
April 14, 2010 at 10:03 am
Anon 3:36…Style is one thing, but calling Queens a cultural black hole is just insane. It's the most ethnically diverse 115 square miles on the planet (yes, an actual statistic). So perhaps the borough may not be ahead of the pack when it comes to fashion, but when it comes to culture, they lead the way!
And no, I don't live in Queens.
April 14, 2010 at 11:59 am
I don't know if you ever wander onto university campuses, but I attend St. John's University in Jamaica, Queens and everyday I am inspired by the combination of New York fashion which shines here. Some of these students wish they were in Manhattan, but because they are in Queens they never find discomfort in experimenting with style. I also take the bus everyday for an hour through Queens to get to work, and as I look out the window I see literally every ethnicity and culture possible pass by in their own unique way. When I first moved to Queens last year to attend school, I'm not going to lie and say that I wasn't afraid, but now that I'm here I love the culture I'm surrounded by!I hope you venture onto campus someday, you'll love it I know!
;] XOXO, K
April 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm
This was suggested before, but you should really go to Jackson Heights, Queens! There's everything form hispanic heritage to south-east asian culture. It's one of the most diverse places in NYC
April 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm
See 5pointz Aerosole Art Center from the 7 train (I think it's the 7).
April 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm
Astoria, of course. You will see old Italian and Greek women dressed only in black, sometimes lost and speaking only in their native Greek or Italian. On 30th Avenue, there are plenty of options and also on Broadway where Brazilians dance on the weekends in a restaurant right under the subway. You should also check for all the teenagers who are leaving school in the middle of the afternoon. And the Astoria Blvd platform on the N train is a great place to watch people with a view of the Triboro/RFK Bridge right behind you. After all, Astoria is where Cyndi Lauper was born!
April 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm
ASTORIA~!!! 30 ave stop! great neighborhood.
In the morning you can see all the people commuting to Manhattan.
April 15, 2010 at 3:47 am
You should give Chicago a try, too! We'd love to have you! It's warm and the city's exploding with color all over downtown (Columbia College Chicago and SAIC's campuses especially) and Lakeview.
April 15, 2010 at 6:47 am
Astoria or Long Island CIty. Pickings will be slim. Good luck.
April 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm
The lawn, Gantry State Park, Long Island City. Vernon Blvd.
April 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm
You will be amazed by the beauty of trees in the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. And their new Green Building.
April 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm
sunnyside is like the quieter little sister of the west village….go to skillman and 44th and look at the gorgeous tree lined streets and red doors. you can hardly tell you're in the city until you look down the street at the view of the chrysler building. sunnyside is the city's best kept secret, after just over a year here i never want to leave.
April 17, 2010 at 12:10 am
FLUSHING! The culture and food will really move you. The crowds are amazing and the fashion is beyond interesting.
April 18, 2010 at 12:17 am
For something completely unexpected check out the Queens County Farm.
April 18, 2010 at 11:03 am
April 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm
I would suggest Astoria,you will surely enjoy if you went to the place and you won't feel any regrets..!!Astoria is a good place..!
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