Clarion Hotel La Guardia Airport
9400 Ditmars Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Phone: (718) 335-1200
Fax: (718) 458-1239
Dubbed as the Steinway Village, the Steinway Piano Factory is spread over 400 acres (162 hectares) of land. Established in 1872, its vast premises accommodate not only the employee homes but also schools, churches, railroads, to top it all, an amusement park! Still using old machinery and methods, the Steinway Factory produces almost 2000 pianos in a year. Open to public for tours, the Steinway Village is a marvelous site and is a popular tourist attraction.
As the first microbrewery to operate in Queens since prohibition ended, SingleCut offers a variety of staple and seasonal beers. The focus at SingleCut is hoppy lagers and ales, focusing particularly on rare or hard-to-find hops. They don't just package and distribute their beer (check website for respective area contacts) but also supply for in-house and outdoor events. There are guided tours for free on weekends as well as live music weekend nights.
A zoo dedicated to American wildlife, this park includes an impressive collection of almost 70 species from North and South America. The zoo is divided into two sections, the "wild" and the "domestic." The domestic area features animals which children are allowed to touch and interact with, like goats, ducks, sheep, rabbits, and more. A great day out for the kids, and fun for grownups too.
Forget the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, for a true slice of the real, living New York City, visitors need to check out the New Fulton Fish Market which has recently been relocated. The massive (two huge open air buildings) wholesale fish market not only provides fish for all the city's great restaurants and markets, but also supplies much of the U.S.'s East Coast. On a trip to the market, you'll see fishermen haggling with buyers from Nobu and LeCirque, slicing up the day's catch and yelling obscene epithets at anyone who gets in their way. It's difficult, if not impossible, for a lay person to purchase fish here, but it's worth a look, anyway. There's nothing else like it anywhere.
At over 1200 square acres, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is Queens' largest park. It is the site of two former World's Fairs, one in 1939 and the other in 1964, as well as the home to the famous symbol of the 1964 Fair: the Unisphere. The park also encompasses Shea Stadium (where baseball's the New York Mets play), the USTA National Tennis Center, three lakes, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum of Art, a golf course and a skating rink. The park holds several events regularly. To learn more check the website.
The 1964–1965 New York World's Fair New York State Pavilion is located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The New York State pavilion features three observation towers, the tallest being 226 feet (69 meters). Below the towers is the Tent of Tomorrow and Theaterama. Not all areas of the complex are fully-functional, and is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1661, this home was owned by a Quaker who led the historic struggle for religious freedom under Dutch rule.
Queens Historical Society has preserved the 18th century farmhouses including Kingsland Homestead. It is built in the typical half house style of Long Island built by a wealthy Quaker. Occupied until the 1920s, the homestead, its furniture, architecture and artifacts are all on display. This homestead has moved twice from its original location for preservation sake to its present place. Gamble roof and crescent windows are typical of such homes. The first floor is used for exhibitions, the second floor parlor is still decorated in the 18th century style, and is on display.
Although much smaller than the Brooklyn and New York Botanical Gardens, the 39-acre Queens Botanical Garden is definitely worth a visit. It’s less crowded than the bigger gardens and offers the same varied collection of trees and flowers, only on a smaller scale. Depending on the season you visit, there is always something in bloom, from the Cherry Circle, Fragrance Walk and Perennial Garden to the Queens Rose Garden. A Victorian-style garden with a gazebo, footbridge and stream is available for weddings. In September 2007, the Garden opened the new Visitor and Administration Centermaking it the most advanced green building in NYCalong with a renovated entry plaza and a beautiful fountain at the Main Street gate.
The Bronx Brewery was originally started by a group of enthusiastic brewers in 2011 in Connecticut. Making their brews available in stores in New York City, the brewery gained notoriety for their delicious micro brews. Two years later, they found a new home in South Bronx's Port Morris neighborhood. Netled in an early 20th Century warehouse, The Bronx Brewery opened its doors in 2013, being the first of its kind in the borough after five decades. The pale ale variety are the highlight of this place, with the Bronx Pale Ale and the Summer Pale Ale being popular favorites. Barrel-aged brews are also available.
Hunts Point is a neighborhood of the New York City, that is nestled in the South Bronx area. This locality is economically backward and deals with issues like high crime rate, drug abuse and prostitution rackets. However, there are many social organizations like THE POINT Community Development Corporation, Iridescent and South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice that strive for the betterment of this community. Hunts Point is slowly but steadily improving and there have been cultural institutions coming up here that further enrich the neighborhood. Music venues, art galleries and art centers including Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD) contribute towards its social and cultural improvement. Various development programs are expected to revamp and change the scenario over a period of time.
Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 when artist Mark di Suvero, along with significant others, transformed this illegal dump-yard to an open studio and exhibition center as well as a neighborhood park. This is the only site that provides a large space for artists to create and display their talent and generate interaction amongst the artists and the public. As a recognition for the exceptional contribution made by this museum to the art world, it has been honored by many awards. The park holds may activities and education programs for children to encourage their raw talent and build confidence. The park also holds a weekly farmer's market, perfect for stocking up on those healthy greens.