• Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotog/3228748857/">PS1</a> by guillermo varela

Queens

Just for the museums and restaurants alone, a short 15-minute trip from Midtown on the 7, E or M train to Long Island City or a slightly longer ride on the N or Q train to Astoria is truly worth it. In Long Island City, major must-sees are MoMA PS1 and the Noguchi Museum. No trip to Astoria—once nicknamed "Little Athens"—is complete without sampling some of the city's finest Greekand Mediterranean fare and a stop at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Jackson Heights boasts a diverse cornucopia of culture and cuisine and is home to one of the city's largest Indian populations. It's a wonderful place to spend an afternoon browsing shops and dining in one of the many authentic ethnic restaurants.

Top reasons to trek out to Flushing and Corona include seeing a ballgame at the New York Mets’ stadium, Citi Field, spending time at the expansive Flushing Meadows–Corona Park,especially if traveling with kids, and devouring a wide array of Asian dim sum in downtown Flushing’s Chinatown.

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