133-43 37th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (718) 939-5000
Fax: (718) 939-4000
Built in 1661, this home was owned by a Quaker who led the historic struggle for religious freedom under Dutch rule.
Queens Historical Society has preserved the 18th century farmhouses including Kingsland Homestead. It is built in the typical half house style of Long Island built by a wealthy Quaker. Occupied until the 1920s, the homestead, its furniture, architecture and artifacts are all on display. This homestead has moved twice from its original location for preservation sake to its present place. Gamble roof and crescent windows are typical of such homes. The first floor is used for exhibitions, the second floor parlor is still decorated in the 18th century style, and is on display.
Although much smaller than the Brooklyn and New York Botanical Gardens, the 39-acre Queens Botanical Garden is definitely worth a visit. It’s less crowded than the bigger gardens and offers the same varied collection of trees and flowers, only on a smaller scale. Depending on the season you visit, there is always something in bloom, from the Cherry Circle, Fragrance Walk and Perennial Garden to the Queens Rose Garden. A Victorian-style garden with a gazebo, footbridge and stream is available for weddings. In September 2007, the Garden opened the new Visitor and Administration Centermaking it the most advanced green building in NYCalong with a renovated entry plaza and a beautiful fountain at the Main Street gate.
The 1964–1965 New York World's Fair New York State Pavilion is located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The New York State pavilion features three observation towers, the tallest being 226 feet (69 meters). Below the towers is the Tent of Tomorrow and Theaterama. Not all areas of the complex are fully-functional, and is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
At over 1200 square acres, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is Queens' largest park. It is the site of two former World's Fairs, one in 1939 and the other in 1964, as well as the home to the famous symbol of the 1964 Fair: the Unisphere. The park also encompasses Shea Stadium (where baseball's the New York Mets play), the USTA National Tennis Center, three lakes, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum of Art, a golf course and a skating rink. The park holds several events regularly. To learn more check the website.
A zoo dedicated to American wildlife, this park includes an impressive collection of almost 70 species from North and South America. The zoo is divided into two sections, the "wild" and the "domestic." The domestic area features animals which children are allowed to touch and interact with, like goats, ducks, sheep, rabbits, and more. A great day out for the kids, and fun for grownups too.
One of the most successful movie theaters at one point, the Valencia Movie House opened in 1929, deemed the 'pride of Long Island'. The cinema had a capacity of 3500 and newest movies were showcased much before other cinemas. However, after a serious turn of events, May of 1977 saw the venue transformed to a Tabernacle of Prayers. The screen was promptly replaced with a big cross and the movie posters with religious content. The theater-cum-church is still beautiful and attracts quite some attention.
The largest of New York City's five boroughs in area, Queens has the distinction of being the one of the world's most ethically diverse regions. There are many things to see and do in the area, and most tourists include it in their itinerary. It was named in honor of Catherine of Braganza, Portuguese queen to Charles II of England in 1683. The borough has many cultural institutions, museums, shopping and many of its neighborhoods remain authentic and non-gentrified. The neighborhood of Astoria is a mix of Greek, Brazilian, Italian and Japanese and the enclave of Flushing is the real spot to have Chinese food. Interspersed throughout, the visitor will find many other interesting neighborhoods like Jackson Heights, Woodside, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Long Island City. The list of things to do is enormous and you could easily live here for years without seeing it all.
Forget the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, for a true slice of the real, living New York City, visitors need to check out the New Fulton Fish Market which has recently been relocated. The massive (two huge open air buildings) wholesale fish market not only provides fish for all the city's great restaurants and markets, but also supplies much of the U.S.'s East Coast. On a trip to the market, you'll see fishermen haggling with buyers from Nobu and LeCirque, slicing up the day's catch and yelling obscene epithets at anyone who gets in their way. It's difficult, if not impossible, for a lay person to purchase fish here, but it's worth a look, anyway. There's nothing else like it anywhere.
The historic Fort Totten Officers' Club is nestled in the Fort Totten. Maintained and managed by the Bayside Historical Society, this club is touted to be a historical landmark. This Gothic Revival style structure was originally the Mess Hall of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers School of Application. This classic club was revived and restored by the historical society and it hosts cultural and art events here.
The Maple Grove Cemetery dates back to 1875 and it featured in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2004. It is broadly divided into two areas namely, the Monumental Park and Memorial Park. The Memorial Park is dedicated to the 21 people buried here who lost their loves in the World Trade Center attacks.
Dubbed as the Steinway Village, the Steinway Piano Factory is spread over 400 acres (162 hectares) of land. Established in 1872, its vast premises accommodate not only the employee homes but also schools, churches, railroads, to top it all, an amusement park! Still using old machinery and methods, the Steinway Factory produces almost 2000 pianos in a year. Open to public for tours, the Steinway Village is a marvelous site and is a popular tourist attraction.