As NYC's most diverse borough, Queens has so much to offer. One highlight is Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, home to both the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. These grounds still house iconic NYC landmarks such as the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion, and the nearby USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (home of the annual US Open), as well as Citifield (home of the NY Mets). Learn the history as we see the sights, as I provide historical photos and stories from the past.
We will also visit the only building that survived both Fairs, the Queens Museum, which was also the original home of the United Nations.
Our expedition will begin off the 7 train (known to locals as the “international express”). From there, we will enter Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, whose acreage is larger than Central Park. Explore the park and its landmarks and learn about the history of the two Worlds Fair it was home to, both of which were crucial in changing the infrastructure of New York City in lasting ways. We will see numerous artifacts and remnants of these Fairs, such as: the iconic Unisphere, the New York State Pavilion, a time capsule, many gorgeous statues, old streets and water fountains, a Jordanian marble column which dates back to 120 AD, and much more.
After exploring the park, we will visit the Queens Museum, home of the Panorama of the City of New York, the world’s largest architectural model, which depicts all of the buildings in the entire city of New York in 1:1200 scale. It has to be seen to be believed.
This is the perfect tour for visitors (or locals!) looking to learn more about the borough of Queens, its landmarks, and history. This is a leisurely walking tour that is comfortable for all ages.
Jeremy Wilcox is a licensed tour guide through the NYC Dept of Consumer Affairs, and a lifelong New Yorker. He specializes in off-the-beaten-path walking tours for those looking for the oft-missed parts of New York City. Whether you've only been here once, or a dozen times, there are countless of amazing sites and neighbors to explore for the first time. Even most New Yorkers do not get around to seeing them all. My goal is to help you discover these hidden treasures, from the perspective of an enthusiastic veteran. Full profile ⋅ Leave a Review
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