Astoria – A traditionally Greek and Italian neighborhood, Astoria is one of the most diverse urban spaces in the world. In one visit you can enjoy stuffed grape leaves in a Hellenic taverna, sample Turkish coffee in “Little Egypt” (Steinway St between 28th Ave and Astoria Blvd) and top it off with a stein of Czech beer at the 1910 Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. Nearby is Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image.
Forest Hills – Tudor houses line the streets of this residential neighborhood. The area is family oriented and has a large population of European Jews. Forest Hills Stadium is the former home of the US Open tennis tournament and is where the Beatles played in 1964. Forest Hills is the birthplace of the Ramones, Simon & Garfunkel and Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man).
Sunnyside – This neighborhood retains a heavy Irish influence and is filled with courtyards and tree-lined streets. It also boasts residents from around the world, including Romania, Korea, Greece and South America. Many come to sample the area’s shops, restaurants and pubs.
Woodside – Woodside has many of the same good things going for it as its neighbor Sunnyside. The community is diverse and a walk down Roosevelt Avenue is home to Irish pubs, Italian bakeries and restaurants serving, among others, Chinese, Filipino, Salvadoran and Mexican cuisine.
Long Island City – Once an epicenter of manufacturing, Long Island City is now home to an exciting art scene. The neighborhood is dotted with turn-of-the-20th-century industrial buildings that have been transformed into galleries, museums and studios. There is also a fast-growing list of must-visit restaurants, shops and performance venues.
Flushing – Flushing’s large Chinese population surpassed that of Manhattan’s Chinatown years ago, and overall two-thirds of Flushing residents were born outside of the United States. Explore the area’s shops for unusual food items and ancient herbal remedies. Flushing is also home to Citi Field and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. There’s also Flushing Meadows Corona Park with the iconic Unisphere built for the 1964 World’s Fair.
Jackson Heights – Jackson Heights is a true melting pot with a mix of Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese and Latin American cultures. Little India is a cluster of shops selling Indian wares and cuisine, while the area’s Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants offer dining experiences available nowhere else west of Kathmandu. Most of the neighborhood is a designated historic district with prewar apartment buildings built in French Renaissance, Romanesque and Tudor styles.
Kew Gardens – This charming neighborhood offers an urban-meets-suburban vibe. The streets are lined with Victorian, Tudor and wood-frame homes. Its commercial district is a mixture of mom-and-pop establishments, chain stores and restaurants. Save some time for a visit to 500 acre Forest Park.
Corona – Corona is home to many of Latin American descent and is one of the best places in New York to get authentic cuisine from Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and beyond. The neighborhood also has an Italian heritage and is where you’ll find the popular Lemon Ice King of Corona. In Corona you can visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum, still furnished as it was when Louis and his wife Lucille lived there.