Queens Broadway walking tour

There’s a Broadway in every borough, with Manhattan’s of course being the best known. While Broadway in Queens doesn’t have the same lights and attractions, there’s still plenty to see along this thoroughfare that spans from Ravenswood to Elmhurst.

Kevin Walsh takes us on an insider’s guide to Queens’ Broadway, making note of shops and businesses worth visiting.

Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

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Even though it was created in the 1930s, Juniper Valley Park is still considered one of Queens’ youngest large parks. Much of the park’s nearly 100 acres were owned by racketeer Arnold Rothstein (who allegedly “fixed” the 1919 World Series in the Cincinnati Reds’ favor with the cooperation of several Chicago White Sox).

The city purchased the territory to settle debts from his estate after his death in 1928. Now the park has playing fields and Hundreds of shade trees and flower bushes.

Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

Far Rockaway, Queens

As a teenager in the mid ’70s, our Brownstoner Queens columnist Kevin Walsh braved the perilous Marine Parkway Bridge on his bike to travel to Far Rockaway. This time, on the hottest day of the summer, he opted for the A train and headed not to the beach, but to a hub that’s home to historical buildings including a former church (now a temple) built in 1858 and a Colonial Revival–style post office.

Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

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This week our Queens columnist takes us to Jackson Heights, an enclave in Queens known for its garden apartments and Indian shops and restaurants. Much of the historic district consists of large six-story co-operative apartment buildings ringing interior courtyards and gardens, designed to let light and air into the apartments.

It was all planned and developed by the Queensboro Corporation in the first half of the 20th century. The former headquarters of this group, a neo-Tudor building, still stands on 82nd Street. Rams heads decorate the entrance, above.

The neo-Colonial-style post office is also worth a visit, to see its WPA murals from the 1930s. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

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Our Brownstoner Queens columnist Kevin Walsh continues his stroll along the entire length of Metropolitan Avenue. The latest installment takes us from Middle Village to Forest Hills.

It’s a cornucopia of delights, including Myrtle Avenue’s famed German restaurant Zum Stammtisch, a taxidermist shop, Eddie’s Sweet Shop — in business since 1909 — and Queens’ vast Forest Park. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

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Metropolitan Avenue was once a farm-to-market road plied by farmers bringing wares to East River barges and then back east through fields and meadows to the town of Jamaica. Now a busy truck route, in some places it is still a clogged two-lane road.

If you use your imagination a bit you can envision it plunging through farms and fields, populated by horses and carts. A stroll along the 13 miles from Williamsburg to Jamaica reveals all sorts of interesting historical remnants. (more…)

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You’ll find historic houses, an Art Moderne post office, and New York City’s oldest tavern, Neir’s, just over the Queens-Brooklyn border in Woodhaven. It opened in 1829, back when the nearby Union Course racetrack was still going strong, attracting crowds as large as 70,000.

Famous former residents of Woodhaven include actor Adrien Brody and composer George Gershwin. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photos by Kevin Walsh

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Newcomers riding to the end of the N train will find the destination, Astoria, “extraordinarily hospitable,” writes our Queens columnist Kevin Walsh. There’s Astoria Park with its Olympic-size pool, views of the Hell Gate and Triborough bridges, a bustling Greek enclave, famed neighborhood institution and beer garden Bohemian Hall, and plenty of other delights — even historic architecture. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo of Hell Gate and Triborough bridges via Wikimedia

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A recent visit to the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows found the “modern ruin” in the midst of a makeover. The Pavilion was designed for the 1964 World’s Fair by famed architect Philip Johnson.

The crowd-funded New York State Pavilion Paint Project is restoring the Pavilion in an attempt to return it to its former glory. The repainting is slowly but surely making a difference. See photos and read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

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We know what happened when the city rezoned the Williamsburg waterfront. But have you seen how a similar rezoning has transformed Hunters Point in Queens?

A former industrial area on the waterfront has become a jewel, aka Gantry State Park. The area is also home to The New York Architectural Terra Cotta Works, although its spectacular terra cotta-adorned building is currently shrouded in netting, as the nearby Silvercup Studios is restoring it.

Above, a former metal foundry covered with ivy has been transformed into a place for magazine and video shoots by DuVal Enterprises.

There’s lots more to see — and even a place to get a bite. And a tour of the area is scheduled for this weekend. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

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College Point is a unique enclave in Queens that dates from the 1860s. Located in a secluded corner overlooking the East River, College Point today is about as fully realized as small town life gets within the five boroughs.

It’s well worth a day trip to see such attractions as the 1868 Poppenhusen Institute, a cultural center; German grocer Empire Market, founded in 1921; and the waterfront Hermon A. MacNeil Park, with its sweeping views of Manhattan. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

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June is rose season, and now is the time to check out the blooming Rose Garden at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. You may even get lucky and chance on some new cultivars while you are there. The garden hosts trials by the American Gardens Rose Selections to test the hardiness of newly developed roses.

There are plenty of other things to see at the 39-acre Botanical Garden as well, including bees, a scent garden and a new visitor’s center. See lots of beautiful photos and read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh