Comfort Inn LaGuardia Airport - 83rd St
23-45 83rd Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
Phone: (718) 779-1100
Fax: (718) 779-1101
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.
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.
Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 when artist Mark di Suvero, along with significant others, transformed this illegal dump-yard to an open studio and exhibition center as well as a neighborhood park. This is the only site that provides a large space for artists to create and display their talent and generate interaction amongst the artists and the public. As a recognition for the exceptional contribution made by this museum to the art world, it has been honored by many awards. The park holds may activities and education programs for children to encourage their raw talent and build confidence. The park also holds a weekly farmer's market, perfect for stocking up on those healthy greens.
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.
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.
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.
Cultural entertainment at this theatre includes Spanish musicals, classic and contemporary Spanish drama.
The Bronx Brewery was originally started by a group of enthusiastic brewers in 2011 in Connecticut. Making their brews available in stores in New York City, the brewery gained notoriety for their delicious micro brews. Two years later, they found a new home in South Bronx's Port Morris neighborhood. Netled in an early 20th Century warehouse, The Bronx Brewery opened its doors in 2013, being the first of its kind in the borough after five decades. The pale ale variety are the highlight of this place, with the Bronx Pale Ale and the Summer Pale Ale being popular favorites. Barrel-aged brews are also available.
Blackwell Island was also referred to as Welfare Island and thus the Blackwell Island Lighthouse is also referred to as the Welfare Island lighthouse or Roosevelt Lighthouse. It is a unique structure built in stone, and is placed at the northeastern tip of Roosevelt Island. The rough ashlars in its construction adds to it beauty. It is approximately 50 feet (15 meters) tall in height and was built out of gray gneiss. After being decommissioned in the 1940s, it was designated a city landmark in 1975. Over the years, it has gained a lot of historic significance.
Named for its splendid shape, The Octagon is a historical building in Manhattan. It serves as the entrance to the New York City Lunatic Asylum. The dome is as huge as a five stories, and is the only remnant of the hospital. This structure is now converted into a large complex that attracts visitors. Built in 1834, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1799, Gracie Mansion is one of the best examples of Federal architecture in New York City. Successful merchant Archibald Gracie was the original inhabitant. Fiorello La Guardia moved into the mansion in 1942, preferring it to his palatial residence on Riverside Drive. It has been the official mayor's residence ever since. Tours, which include the public rooms, the private apartments, garden and surrounding Carl Schurz Park, can be arranged by appointment.
Overlooking the East River, Carl Schurz Park surrounds Gracie Mansion, home of the mayor of the City of New York. The views are great, and the promenade along the water is a popular place for a leisurely stroll. The gardens are gorgeous in full bloom, and offer many twisting lanes and lawns. A basketball court and playground are available to the public, and the open spaces are perfect for bikes or in-line skates. During the summer, there is a water sprinkler for children. Cal the Park Conservation Association for more details.