It is said that some 800-odd languages are spoken in Queens. But this borough’s diversity extends far beyond the linguistic prowess of its residents and visitors. Nowhere else in New York lets you begin the day with an invigorating surf, munch on momos for lunch, and end with a Mets game on their home turf at dusk. Not into baseball, Tibetan dumplings, or the ocean? No worries. You can nibble noodles, wander around an enormous gallery of street art, and watch tennis greats battle it out at the US Open, which begins Aug. 29 in Flushing-Meadows—Corona Park, itself a marvel of greenspace worthy of a visit anytime of year. Queens really does have it all, from culture to scenery to food. We’re not going to say it’s New York’s best borough, but it’s definitely in the top five.
Jessica Allen writes about food, culture, travel, and New York City, where she lives.