Between Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island, a borough of over two million stands proudly- Queens. Noted astronomically for its variety in cuisine, diversity describes many facets of Queen’s character- from industry to the backgrounds of its residents to the activities and events that unfold each day. If you’re spending summer in and around this unique borough, read on for some of our favourite ways to pass the summertime in Queens.
One of the few surviving relics of the 1964 World’s Fair, today the New York Hall of Science is a centre of interactive, hands-on learning. ‘ Don’t call us a museum ‘ is a quote on their website, and that seems to reflect their approach to getting visitors involved in the learning experience. Some of the unique interactive opportunities at the New York Hall of Science include stepping inside a Deep Sea Vehicle, examining the brains and cognition of different animal species, a challenging arts and crafts approach, and an introspective journey through happiness. Aside from these, there is also a rocket park celebrating the vehicles of the space race, and a fun space-themed mini-golf course.
Celebrating New York City and Queen’s heritage with the World’s Fair, the Queens Museum is an art museum with an emphasis on outreach and education. Over six thousand items of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs are on display here, giving a rare glimpse into the tradition of the older World’s Fairs of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. A collection paying homage to the local invention of Tiffany glass is also on display, where over three hundred thousand pieces of glass are on display for artists, glass blowers and the public alike. Also present is the famous continually updating Panorama of the City of New York, a true 1 : 1200 scale replica of New York City.
A fun, community-oriented tradition of Queens is the Queens Night Market, occurring every Saturday from Mid-June through Late August in beautiful Flushing Meadows Corona Park. At the Queens Night Market, arts and crafts, live music and plenty of delicious food vendors fill the park for the evening, creating a fun, festive and strong neighbourhood atmosphere. Here, the gastronomic diversity that is praised by locals and visitors alike is in full force, from Sudanese Samboosa, Indonesian Kue, Tibetan Shapaley, Belizean Fritters and Hong Kong Street food, this is only some of the culinary ensemble at the Queens Night Market.
A celebration of Queens and New York City’s Colombian-American population, the culture of Colombia is celebrated every July on the grounds of York College. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in the Colombian-American community during a day of pride among Cumbia or Vallenato dance, delicious Arepas, Patacones and Bunuelitos, and participate in cultural activities. For those who would like to learn about the Colombian culture, or are just searching for a good atmosphere with food and music, the Colombian Festival at York College is a good addition to any plans.
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