When it comes to popular New York City boroughs, Manhattan gets most of the attention thanks to iconic buildings and neighborhoods. Brooklyn has been more and more on people’s minds over the past decade. But anyone who sticks to just those two boroughs is missing out, because Queens is where it’s at.
Once considered only good for Mets games, the US Open, and family homes, Queens has quickly become New Yorkers’ go-to destination for art exhibits, outdoor activities, and Saturday beer crawls. Far from the crowds of Williamsburg and the strollers of Park Slope, Queens is brimming with culture, and it has some of the best food in all of the boroughs. Plus, it’s all just a short subway ride away. Here are five reasons why leaving Manhattan and Brooklyn to check out Queens is totally worth the trek (or multiple treks — it is the largest borough, after all).