Queens is the biggest New York City borough and boasts a population of more than 2.2 million, which would make it the fifth most populous city in the U.S. if counted by itself. At Arlo Hotel we’re big fans of Queens and suggest it as a fun destination for our guests that want to explore beyond Manhattan.
If you are arriving into the city by plane, then there’s a good chance you’ll already be in Queens, as it is home to both John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. It’s also an important hub for the Long Island Rail Road which serves areas from Manhattan through Long Island.
If you’re visiting during baseball season in the Springtime, consider going to Queens for a Mets game at Citi Field, assuming there’s some availability due to COVID-19. Mets tickets are considerably cheaper than going to a Yankees game, and the stadium offers a mouthwatering array of food vendors to keep you well fed during the game. For a different kind of sporting action, head to the only horse track in the five boroughs, the Aqueduct Racetrack located in the South Ozone Park and Jamaica neighborhoods of Queens. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon, have a few drinks, and take in a lot of colorful characters.
For some outdoors activities, head to Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, the fourth-largest park in the NYC system, which provides locals and visitors several opportunities. There’s two lakes within the park with paddleboat, rowing, and kayak options. There are also miles of hiking and biking trails, which some of our Arlo Hotel employees enjoy on most weekends.
Queens is also a hotbed of culinary activity. There are hundreds of great restaurants throughout the area, with standouts including Yumpling, a brick and mortar location of a hugely popular Taiwanese food truck, Nneji, a small Nigerian restaurant in Astoria, or Italian and Mediterranean fare at Rolo’s in Ridgewood. In Queens there’s something to do, eat, watch, and enjoy for everyone.