The northern part of Queens is full of sights and sounds. We feel like people are just hearing about this part of NYC and is becoming a destination for New York vacationers. Many of you may well know the scene from the comedy series “King of Queens” when Doug and Carrie sit in front of the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park or ordering an ice cream at Queens’ most famous ice cream parlor, the Lemon Ice King. There’s a lot of things to do in Flushing and Corona in Queens. This guide will provide our recommendations.
Getting to Flushing in Queens
It’s pretty simple to get to Flushing and Corona. Just take the 7 train. In Manhattan, 7 trains stop at 34th Street-Hudson Yards, Time Square-42nd Street, 42nd Street-Bryant Park and 42nd Street-Grand Central.
Walking Through Flushing and Corona in Queens
There’s a lot of things to do in Queens and visiting the neighborhoods, Flushing and Corona is one of them. Compared to other major neighborhoods in NYC, it’s still relatively unknown. However, it does seem like more people are becoming aware of the two neighborhoods. With Amazon setting up their newest headquarters in LIC, Flushing and Corona is bound to be gentrified. Queens in general is a special place, because it’s considered a melting pot. Here, you’ll find people from different backgrounds live in harmony such as the Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Mexicans, Italians and Greeks. People with different religious backgrounds, for the most part, mix very well here. In addition, Flushing is also known its own Chinatown, which is in no way inferior to Manhattan. It is even said that the Chinatown in Flushing is more authentic and it is also a lot bigger.
Top 5 Things To Do in Flushing
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park – The Flushing Meadow Corona Park is one of the great highlights in Flushing in Queens. The two major world exhibitions of 1939 and 1964 took place here. The park is considered the Central Park in Queens and with its two lakes, the many extensive meadows and sports facilities makes this a great destination. Also, the two towers you see might look familiar to you. They were featured in the hit movie, Men in Black. (Subway 7 Mets-Willets Point, Subway E and F 75th Ave Station)
- New York Hall of Science – The interactive museum, the New York Hall of Science is great for all ages. Located right in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and home to over 450 interactive exhibits, the New York Hall of Science is NYC’s only practice-oriented science and technology hub. As a New York Pass holder, entry is free. (Address: 47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368, Subway 7 Mets-Willets Point)
- Citi Field – There are two baseball teams in New York. The most well known is stationed in the Bronx’s Yankee Stadium and The Mets are located in Queens with Citi Field being home. The stadium is also near the home of the US Open. (Address: 123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11368, Subway 7 Mets-Willets Point)
- Queens Museum – Formerly known as The Queens Museum of Art is Queens’ most important art museum. It is housed in the New York City Building which is one of the few significant buildings left over from the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The museum can be found right at the Unisphere in Corona Park and it’s pretty hard to miss. (Address: New York City Building, Corona, NY 11368, Subway 7 Mets-Willets Point)
- William F. Moore Park -The park is actually pretty small, but is known for its Italian visitors, who love to play bocce on the specially designed bocce field. Around the park you will find great Italian restaurants. Also, the famous Lemon Ice King is just around the corner. (10706 Corona Ave, Corona, NY 11368, Uber)
Other Things To Do in Flushing and Corona
For those who have more time to spare, here are some places, restaurants and attractions in Flushing and Corona you can check out.
Restaurants and Bars in Flushing and Corona
- Fu Run – It’s a no-frills traditional Chinese restaurant in Flushing. Seating is limited but portions are great. (Address: 40-09 Prince Street between Roosevelt Avenue & 40th Road I)
- Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao – If you want to experience exceptional Shanghainese breakfast, NXXLB is the place to go. It’s no-frills, but the food here is great. (38-12 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354)
- New Flushing Bakery – Located in New World Mall in Flushing, this bakery offers different tarts in many flavors as well as pastries and desserts (Address: 135-45 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing)
- Xi’an Famous Foods – This restaurant has become a hit and has multiple locations in NYC. They serve noodles, soups and sandwhiches. (41-10 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355)
- Tortilleria Nixtamal – This Mexican restaurant in Corona makes their own tortillas. Their ingredients are also non-gmo, have no preservatives and additives. (Address: 104-05 47th Avenue, Corona I)
Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Zoo opened in 1968. Here, there are about 75 species of animals from America, such as mountain lions, coyotes, owls, sea lions, alligators and white-tailed eagles. The Queens Zoo in Flushing is especially perfect for families with children and is a nice change from the stressful hustle and bustle of Manhattan. (Address: 53-51 111th Street, Corona).
Lemon Ice King in Corona, Queens
The best and most famous Italian ice is at Lemon Ice King in Corona. In the comedy series King of Queens, the show has filmed some scenes here. In terms of hype, it is pretty similar to Magnolia Bakery and Sex and the City. Lemon Ice King conjures up delicious Italian ice and is also close to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The US Open (Seasonal)
Every summer, the top tennis players in the world make their way to the border of Corona and Flushing in Queens. Here, the US Open takes place and some of the most memorable tennis highlights happen here. It’s one of the world’s top open’s. Tickets can be pretty expensive, but if you have the budget and are a huge tennis fanatic, it’s definitely something to check out.
Queens Botanical Garden
It might not be as big as Brooklyn’s or the Bronx, but it’s still a great place to check out if you’re in the area. According to their website, Queens Botanical Garden is inspired by the culture of Queens and is showcased within the garden. For more information, please visit their website here.
New World Mall
Flushing is considered Queen’s Chinatown. It’s actually bigger than it’s counterparts in Manhattan and Brooklyn. People say it’s more authentic as well. New World Mall has a bunch of Asian stores and is geared towards the demographic living in the area. It’s also a pretty cool place to witness. The food court here is amazing as well. For more information, please click here.
Shopping in Flushing and Corona
Flushing and Corona are neighborhoods that are just being discovered by tourists. There are some shops like Nordstrom Rack, Target and Nike Clearance Store, but other than that, those would be the only mainstream markets in the area. Everything else here is catered to its demographic. Inside New World Mall in Flushing, the mall offers a variety of Asian and non-asian retail stores. It includes apparel, electronics, accessories and many other things.
The Art and Museum Scene in Flushing and Corona
New York Hall of Science
There’s a bunch of things to do in Flushing and Corona in Queens. If you’re a family with kids, The New York Hall of Science is a great place to be. It was established in 1964 and provides interactive exhibitions related to science. Currently, there are 450 displays with additional seasonal exhibits as well. Learn more about the museum here.
Formerly known as Queens Museum Of Art, this museum focuses on art that reflect’s the borough’s culture and diversity. It’s the perfect museum for people of all ages. For more information on Queens Museum, please visit their site here.
Voelker Orth Museum
The museum itself is pretty unique. In 1891, Conrad Voelker, who is a German immigrant bought a house and that house today is the Voelker Orth Museum. It is currently a bird sanctuary and Victorian garden. Also, the house has been preserved with very little changes. Here is some more information on the museum.
Living in Flushing and Corona in Queens
These multi-cultural area’s in Queens is diverse as they come. On every block, you can find numerous restaurants and food carts. It is a melting pot and everyone here for the most part live in harmony.
Hotels in Flushing and Corona
The further you are from Manhattan, your accommodations should be a little cheaper which makes Flushing and Corona great alternatives. Here are our recommendations for hotels within in the area.
- The One Boutique Hotel (Address: 137-72 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354) – Click to book here.
- The Parc Hotel (Address: 3916 College Point Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354) – Click to book here.
- Asiatic Hotel (Address: 135-21 37th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354) – Click to book here.
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