It's in Queens Weekly Column
Last week, the well-respected Lonely Planet travel media company selected Queens as the best tourism destination of 2015. The stakes seem a bit higher now. Luckily, this week is jam-packed with awe-inspiring, unique, and enriching activities…and things will only get better next year. Here's the rundown.
'Tis the Season to be Jolly
Santa Claus, menorahs and fruit baskets return to Queens neighborhoods this December. Brighten your holidays with a lighting ceremony, a community festival, holiday markets, and more.
See a list of Holiday Fun in Queens.
Find unique gifts at one of Queens markets.
LIC Flea & Food, the largest outdoor Queens market, is now open indoors. 5-25 46th Ave.
Ridgewood Market, an artisan market where you can shop and enjoy some brunch, too. Next market: November 23, 11 am-6 pm at Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave.
Highlights of the Month
Only 2 miles from Times Square and 3 minutes from the 39 Ave. train station, Nesva Hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, cable channels and a work desk. Select rooms offer views of the New York City skyline. Breakfast is served each morning, and a business center is always available.
39-12 29 St., Long Island City
"To Jack Bradley, the 'Greatest' Photo Taker": Treasures from the Jack Bradley Collection celebrates the legacy of Louis Armstrong through the private access that long-time friend and photographer Jack Bradley had of Satchmo on stage, back stage, on the road and at home.
Louis Armstrong House Museum
December Picks by Adrienne
Good Eats: Enjoy a generous assortment of Spanish cheeses, sausages, and other treats imported by Despaña at the free tastings (which include wine) held every Saturday at their tiny Northern Blvd. shop. A dish I only discovered by living in Elmhurst-at Patacón Pisao-is the cachapa, a Venezuelan sweet corn cake folded over for a sandwich filled with pork, chicken, beef and/or cheese. Stamatis is my go- to Greek place in Astoria. In Flushing, I like the lamb noodle soup at theGolden Shopping Mall, where you watch them pull the noodles while you wait for your order. I was thrilled to see Dani's House of Pizza, a Kew Gardens institution known for its "sweet sauce," named best pizza slice in NYC by the Village Voice. Du Bois Pastry Shoppe recently made my wedding cake, but stop in any time for some of their delicious cookies.
Wander Streets: I love only-in-Queens blocks like National St. off 43rd Ave. in Corona, where you find a Buddhist temple, a mosque and a Jehovah's Witnesses hall that serves Latino, Ghanaian and Filipino congregations. Or 48th Ave. between 45th and 46th Sts. in Sunnyside, one block containing a Romanian Orthodox church, Korean and Spanish-speaking churches, a mosque, a Mexican restaurant and an Irish pub. My other favorite type of Queens street is one where you just wander and admire (envy?) the homes and landscaping, such as Murdock Ave. in St. Albans, Bay St. in Douglaston, Croydon Rd. in Jamaica Estates...and plenty of other streets in those neighborhoods, too!
Adrienne Onofri, a tour guide and journalist, is the author of the new book Walking Queens: 30 Tours for Discovering the Diverse Communities, Historic Places, and Natural Treasures of New York City's Largest Borough, now available at stores andonline. If you'd like to sell the book at your business, contact Adrienne (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a specially priced offer from the publisher, Wilderness Press that includes a countertop stand.
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