Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 18th 2011
You've been in Manhattan for several days now, and you've really enjoyed yourself, but you're ready to branch out a little. You've got a free, unplanned weekend and you want to visit one of the other five boroughs, but you're not quite sure which one to choose. Start with Queens, the most ethnically diverse borough in New York City. You'll find plenty to do.
You'll start your busy day (much of which will be spent outdoors, so dress appropriately) with a New Orleans-style brunch at Bourbon Street Café at 40-12 Bell Boulevard. The meal is one-price, and includes such things as waffles, breakfast taco, bagels, muffins, fresh fruit, and other delicious items. There's even a kid's menu, so everyone will find something they enjoy.
Baisley Pond Park
Now you're ready to visit Baisley Pond Park. This 109.61 acre park encompasses North Conduit Avenue, Baisley Boulevard South, and Lake View Boulevard East. The park is home to several plant and animal species, both native and non-native to New York. Because of this, the park is considered an urban natural habitat. Hike, bike, or just sit back and enjoy the scenery for a few hours.
Now it's back to Bourbon Street Café for dinner, because kids eat free all day with an adult entrée purchase. You'll enjoy dinner as much as you did brunch.
Today, you are going to ride "The International Express." This is a nickname that has been given to the "7 Train", the one that carries New Yorkers from Queens to Manhattan every day. It's called that because you will see people of different ethnic origins and cultures riding the train with you, as well as get off in some of the most diverse Queens neighborhoods.
You can board the train at Times Square if you're staying in Manhattan or at Flushing if you're already in Queens. You want to start at one of these, though, so you can get the whole experience.
The subway tracks in Queens are elevated, so you'll get a birds-eye view of the places you'll be visiting. Along the seven-mile route through northwest Queens, you'll go through the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, and Jackson Heights, just to name a few. Each of them has its own diversity and excitement.
Eat lunch and dinner in whatever neighborhood you happen to be in. You'll have many restaurant choices available, including several authentic ethnic ones.