Know Your City #4: Queens

Exploring Queens


Not every New Yorker has visited the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park or had a drink at The Bohemian Hall in Astoria, but there is already enough information about these attractions, so we thought we might write about NYXT’s favorite non-profits and independent organizations from Queens. Not only because they are some of our content partners, but also because they provide a wide range of cultural activities to engage with the community, expand your imagination and make your body move.


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Not far from the Queens Zoo, you will find the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona. The National Historic Landmark sustains and promotes the cultural, historical, and humanitarian legacy of Louis Armstrong by preserving and interpreting Armstrong’s house and grounds. The Museum seeks to educate and inspire people of all ages, origins, and locations and will be open this July 4 in honor of Louis Armstrong’s traditional birthday.


    Heading west, in the area of East Elmhurst, visit the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. They celebrate the rich diversity of Mexican and Mexican-American cultural heritage through dance-based programming. Their next event is on July 13 at SummerStage, where they will be performing excerpts from "Boda Mexicana" in Queensbridge Park. You can learn more about their founders Alberto Lopez and Juan Castano by reading their interview for Press Play on our blog.


    Feeling hungry? Take a break at RESOBOX, in Long Island City. It’s a Japanese restaurant and cultural center, with a main focus on exhibitions and workshops. Our favorites from their kitchen are their vegetarian miso ramen with mango green tea, and you will enjoy getting lost in the hundreds of creatures from their Amigurumi collection. They are open everyday during the afternoon, and their next Origami class is on July 23.



    Now that your energy is back, come and round out the day at SculptureCenter. Along with MoMA PS1, they are a premier space for contemporary art in the area. They have presented works by nearly 750 emerging and established artists through their annual exhibition program. One of their main educational programs is Public Process, where high school students explore public art, urban planning, and architecture in an intensive lineup of field trips and discussion sessions.


For more Know Your City, read West Harlem, Greenwich Village & Chelsea, and Upper East Side & East Harlem. Stay tuned!  

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