Gantry Plaza State
Park Offering stunning views of Manhattan from the waterfront.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work in a unique environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public.
Long Island City Community Boathouse
Paddle along the East River in a free kayak. Tours given daily.
This 20-acre riverfront park offers terrific up-close views of the Queensboro Bridge, plus ball fields; basketball, volleyball and handball courts; a playground; a wading pool; and picnic areas.
A branch of the Museum of Modern Art, this is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the US, and features up to 50 exhibitions a year.
Housed since 2001 in a former trolley repair shop, this artist-run nonprofit and gallery supports innovative and experimental sculpture.
Founded and designed by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi for the display of representative examples of his life's work. Opened in 1985, this is one of the most stunning museums in New York, an open-air sculpture garden ensconced within a building that houses 10 galleries.
5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc. is an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building.
Food and Drinks
Queens, the most ethnically diverse borough, will provide your taste buds and stomachs a round the world tour without getting jetlag. In Queens you can find worldly cuisines varying from Indian, Asian, Greek, Brazilian, Mexican, Irish and Thai. Below are only a few choices of what Long Island City has to offer.
A 10 minute walk, they offer entrees including spaghetti with baby octopus, pan-roasted black sea bass with a scallion broth and inventive sides like oyster-mushroom hash. It also sells signature condiments like strawberry–and–black-pepper jam and bitter-lemon marmalade.
Water's Edge Market
Enjoy the waterfront with great seafood and stunnning views of Manhattan. The restaurant offers a complementary ferry from Manhattan.
Dutch Kills Bar
For handcrafted cocktails, head to Dutch Kills bar. This speakeasy takes you back to the Prohibition era with hand-cut ice cubes, a ragtime-piano room strewn with sawdust and mixologists wearing old-timey vests.
Astoria, only 3 subway stops away, is Queens' most vibrant neighborhood. Here you can find incredible Greek restaurants and a great diversity of people. The East River's waterfront is accessible from the hostel, where you can catch stunning views of Manhattan's skyline.
A 3 minute walk from the hostel you'll find 6 subway lines taking you anywhere you'd like in NYC. Times Square is under 10 minutes away, Central Park is less than 15 minutes, and a half an hour ride to downtown.
Williamsburg, a hip Brooklyn neighborhood is very accessible from the hostel. Only a 25 minute commute, Williamsburg offers great food, bars, shopping and parks.
About a 40 minute communte from the hostel, The Bronx offers great attractions such as The Bronx Zoo, the new Yankees Stadium, and the Botanical Gardens.