Queens is the largest borough in New York City and the second most populated. As for 2014, Queens’ population reaches 2.3 million. Queens is divided into five “cities”: Jamaica in the south-center of the borough; Long Island City in the west; Flushing in the north-center and Far Rockaway in the south. Each city is comprised of many neighborhoods.
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Some of Queens Neighborhoods:
Astoria – the most famous Queens neighborhood and the richest in culture and nightlife. Astoria is located in Queens’ west, bordered by East River, about 20-minutes subway ride from Midtown Manhattan. When visiting Astoria Queens, don’t forget to taste one of its famous Greek and Italian restaurants and visit the Museum of Moving Image.
Hunters Point – the most recognized neighborhood in Long Island City. A popular residential area thanks to its short distance from Manhattan. The contemporary branch of the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS 1, is located in Hunters Point, Queens, making it a must visit spot for art loving tourists.
Jamaica – the “capital city” of the borough, Jamaica is the common name of several neighborhoods in south-central Queens. Jamaica Avenue is a popular shopping destination for bargain stores and hip hop related merchandise.
Flushing – known for its mass of Korean and Chinese immigrant, the north-central Queens neighborhood offers many excellent Asian restaurants and bakeries. Queens Botanical Garden is the neighborhood’s 40 acres- green lung and one of its main attractions.
Forest Hills – regarded as the greenest and most beautiful Queens neighborhood, bordered by the two biggest public parks in Queens: the 544-acres Forest Park in the south and the 1,255-acres Flushing Meadows Park. The neighborhood also offers a variety of excellent restaurants and exclusive shops.
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Although New York City is great all year long, the spring is an especially good time to visit NYC. In April, the weather gets warmer and the city is filled with many outdoor (and indoor) events such as the Easter parade and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Sakura Matsuri, the traditional NYC Cherry Blossom Festival, takes place in several locations across the city, displaying the peak bloom of the cherry trees as well as Japanese performance art and tea ceremonies. The festival opens at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on the last weekend of April and making a stop at the Randall’s Island a week later. If you missed those dates, you can see cherry blossom trees on Central Park and Queens Botanical garden from around mid-April.
Brooklyn Satura Matsuri 2014
Randall’s Island Cherry Blossom Festival
Free Walking Tours in NYC
Learn about the past and present of the Lower East Side Manhattan in the weekly, three-hour LES history tour or visit the neighborhood’s artists’ studios and galleries in the monthly, every-last-Sunday tour. Both tours are free and run from April to October–November. Visit Lower East Side website for more details.
The Friends of the High Line are offering free guided tours of the beautiful elevated urban park built on the ruins of a railway in Chelsea, Manhattan, every Tuesday and Saturday, starting May 3.
High Line Tours
Music Concerts in April–May
If you are visiting NYC this coming spring, there’s a big chance you will be able to catch a music concert by some of the biggest pop and rock artists: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Chick Corea, Rufus Wainwright, Billy Joel, B.B. King and many others are scheduled to perform in NYC this April and May.
NYC Concert Calendar
Tribeca Film Festival
The annual film festival, established by Robert De Niro and associates after the 9/11 attacks, will be held between April 16 and 27, is a great opportunity to watch movie premieres, documentaries and classic films and to listen to discussions about the future of the movie industry.
Tribeca Film Festival
Art Exhibitions in NYC, Spring 2014
The Whitney Museum bi-annual exhibition runs until May 25, displaying over 100 contemporary American artists in various traditional and digital media and techniques, is a must-see for anyone who is interested in the art world.
NY Public Library for the Performing Arts and presents “Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles”, also known as The Beatles exhibition, until May 10. The exhibition displays photos, videos, photos and other memorabilia from the time the Beatles toured the US in the mid-60s.
NYC Easter Parade 2014
NYC famous Easter Parade takes place on Sunday, April 20, from 10 am to 4 pm, along Fifth Avenue 44 and 57 streets. The colorful event features ten-thousands of participants in spectacular costumes and their costumed pets. Spectators can watch the parade from the elevated seats placed by the Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Church and 55th St.
Visiting NYC in the spring? Contact us to find out about our special NYC car rental rates.
Renting a car is a common and convenient solution for many everyday scenarios: when your private car is being fixed, you’ve sold your old car and still didn’t get the new one; you are traveling abroad or to some far, out of town destination; you are expecting special guests and you want to show them around the city in comfort and so on.
Although the car rental process is fast and not complicated, it is recommended to follow those tips for a safe, smart and inexpensive car rental.
Parking in NYC is time (and often money) consuming and often annoying, but you won’t feel true happiness until you find a free available parking spot in Manhattan.
1. Free Parking
There are plenty of free and legal street-side parking spots in NYC, but they are usually taken. If you find an empty parking spot, look for street signs indicating cleaning schedules or other restrictions. Note that these signs might be hiding on nearby streets.
Driving in NYC, especially in Manhattan, gained a bad reputation, and most locals and tourists usually prefer using the subway or riding a taxi. However, sometimes driving a car is unavoidable for various reasons: a special occasion, a business or a family trip, etc. For these scenarios, follow the tips to learn how to cope with the challenges of driving in Manhattan, NYC.