Sure, you’ve heard all about “Brooklyn hip,” but as us Queens-rooted founders at BQE Tours well know, “Queens cool” is not to be overlooked (just see for yourself on our Long Island City—Queens Cool Uncovered tour!). Leading travel media company Lonely Planet—the largest travel guidebook publisher in the world—has caught on to what we’ve known all along, boldly appointing Queens as tops on their recently announced list of the 10 best places to travel in the U.S. in 2015. Yes, indeed, as Time Out New York’s subsequent cover story soon proclaimed (all part of the buzz that continues to pour in over NYC’s next big borough): It’s high time we all hail the Queen(s)!
Some of the reasons cited for Lonely Planet’s stellar designation include Queens’ burgeoning boutique hotels (comparative bargains to other lodging options in NYC), budding microbreweries (four have debuted in the last 18 months alone), and happening arts scene (look, for example, for the newcomer Emerging Arts Festival in Long Island City) . . . not to mention the increasing popularity of the Rockaways as a hip beachside locale.
They go on to call out some of the borough’s impressive stats: Home to more than two million people, Queens would mark America’s fourth largest city if it was to break off from greater New York City today. Not to mention that it’s pretty much unrivaled on the planet in terms of ethnic diversity, as home to more than 100 nationalities, with nearly half of its residents foreign born—a melting pot that translates to travelers’ encounters here that are rich with culture, cuisine, and authenticity!
Read Lonely Planet’s full review on why Queens is their top pick for U.S travel (the designation was made via the combined expertise of Lonely Planet’s U.S. authors and editors), then swing on back around to BQE Tours: The Brooklyn Queens Experience to let us show you around the very best of Queens. Try our Long Island City—Queens Cool Uncovered itinerary that will get you an insider’s peek of this industrial-cum-creative-chic neighborhood, where high-rise apartment towers, artists’ studios, breweries, cool bars, ethnic eateries, and more, are cropping up at lightning speed—with plenty of sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan’s skyline just across the river to steal your breath away!
Feel like venturing further off-the-beaten path? We can also create private, customized tours to get you well below the surface of NYC. Visit the nation’s largest Greek community in Astoria, NYC’s biggest Chinatown in Flushing, fast-emerging arts haven Ridgewood, or take in one of many more fascinating Queens neighborhoods in between—let us help you explore near-and-dear-to-our heart Queens—and find out firsthand just why the borough so deserves to be crowned #1!