Best neighborhoods in Queens
As more and more people leave Manhattan and Brooklyn due to soaring rental prices, Queens has become highly sought after, especially by the city’s most creative communities. Each neighborhood in Queens, as a result, offers something unique from amazing (and cheap!) food to quick transit, but this 3 rise above the rest. Check out these best neighborhoods in Queens.
Home to Hispanic, Latinx, Polish, Asian, and Italian populations, Queens remains the single most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. These cultures come into full fruition in Ridgewood. Not only can you try tons of different cuisines, but you can also learn something new every day. Not to mention, Ridgewood comprises of 10 National Historic Districts and three renowned landmark districts. You’ll never complain about being bored! Ridgewood has also gradually added hip cafes and shops to its directory, drawing more people to the neighborhood. Some of our favorites include the local pastry shop. Rudy’s Bakery and Cafe, and Topos Bookstore.
Astoria perfectly captures the urbanized beauty of the city. For example, Astoria Park has one of the best lookout views of the great concrete jungle, fully equipped with playgrounds, tennis courts, and a public pool. On top of that, you can find great Greek restaurants throughout the neighborhood at the many family-owned, generations-old businesses. You’ll be kept busy by the Museum of Moving Image and the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall, but if you want more to do, it only takes 20 minutes to get to the city.
Long Island City
It’s no wonder Amazon chose Long Island City as one of its HQ2 locations. This up-and-coming neighborhood offers everything from art galleries to swanky restaurants. You can enjoy art at MoMA PS1, MoMA’s satellite chapter in LIC, one weekend and spend the next weekend outdoors at the Gantry Park State Plaza. The 12-acre boardwalk boasts beautiful views of Manhattan and East River as well as ideal spots for a picnic. Being such a short commute away from Manhattan, LIC gets the best of both worlds.
When considering food, attractions, and general vibes, these three come out at top as the best neighborhoods in Queens. We love Ridgewood, the location of several of our beautiful coliving homes in New York. Take a free tour, and see for yourself.