After writing my Chicago blog, I realized it was probably too long. As New York City is enormous, I have decided to split it into different posts. This post covers the Queens and Brooklyn Boroughs. The following post will cover Manhattan.
What I did:
Flushing Meadows Park (Queens)-
Flushings Meadows Park is a very nice and very large park. There are many sports fields, fountains, and walking trails. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which hosts the US Open tennis championships, is located next to the park. Also next to the park is Citi Field, the home field for the New York Mets baseball team.
Long Island City YMCA (Queens)-
The Long Island City YMCA was a nice place to workout, and was only a short walk from my hostel.
Long Island City Graffiti (Queens)-
Long Island City has a nice amount of good graffiti throughout the area. It was fun to just walk around and admire the art.
East River (Brooklyn)-
As part of New York City's public transportation, there is a ferry that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan over the east river. It was a nice, scenic (and inexpensive) ride across the river.
Where I ate and drank:
Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters (Brooklyn)-
Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters served me the best cup of coffee I have had in Brooklyn or Queens. Their nitro cold brew was excellent, and they have a cool environment in their shop.
Brooklyn Roasting Company (Brooklyn)-
Brooklyn Roasting Company had a good nitro cold brew coffee. The location I went to didn't have much to offer in terms of a cafe, but the coffee was good.
Lhasa Fast Food (Queens)-
Although tough to find, Lhasa Fast Food serves excellent Tibetan food for good prices. Located right around the corner from the Roosevelt Ave/Jackson Heights metro station, it is a small restaurant, and the air conditioning does not work very well. However, if you can find it by going past the cell phone store you will be rewarded with some tasty food.
Yu Garden Dumpling House (Queens)-
Yu Garden Dumpling House is a very good dumpling place in Queens. The food was very tasty and relatively inexpensive.
Dos Toros Taqueria (Brooklyn)-
Dos Toros Taqueria is similar to the Chipotle Mexican grill restaurants. They offer some customizable choices for relatively good prices. It is a very nice place to have lunch in the Brooklyn area.
Birch Coffee (Queens)-
Birch Coffee is the best coffee shop I have been to in Queens. They serve quality coffee in a relaxed environment.
Where I stayed:
The Local NYC-
One of the biggest downsides to the New York City area is the cost of accommodation. Considering the alternatives, The Local NYC was well priced, but it is still the most expensive hostel I have ever stayed in. The rooftop provided some cool views of the New York City skyline, especially at sunset. The Local NYC is fairly close to a couple metro stops in Long Island City, so it is fairly convenient to get around.
How I got around:
I walked and used public transportation to go everywhere I went in Brooklyn and Queens. The ferry across the east river was an inexpensive way to get some cool views on the water. The metro runs 24 hours a day, but it is seemingly always under construction and there can be significantly long wait times for some trains.
My favorite thing:
The views of the New York City skyline at sunset were very nice, and there were some very good food and drink options in the area.
My least favorite thing:
The cost of accommodation in the area is very high. The cheapest accommodation options in the New York City area were still higher than some of the more expensive options I have come across in many other cities I have been in.
For next time:
Next time I would like to visit the Jamaica area and try some of the food trucks there.
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