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Top 5 Music Venues: Better Live Than Dead


By Patrick Kearns   Long ago, Queens had a bustling music scene. There were venues sprinkled throughout the borough and on Friday and Saturday nights, in almost any community you could see a live rock band, some smooth jazz or even a rap show. Those days aren’t exactly past, despite what some might think. While […]

Top 5 Chefs in Queens


By Jen Khedaroo   The restaurant scene in Queens has steadily changed in the past couple of years. While the borough has always been known for its diverse cuisine, this new culinary Renaissance is steering away from the typical quick and cheap eats. Instead, chefs are starting to concentrate more on quality food and experience. […]

Top 5 Park Workouts


By Bill Burgos Strength & Conditioning Coach   As the current head strength and conditioning coach of the Orlando Magic, and former strength and conditioning coach for the New York Knicks, staying active isn’t only a priority for me… it’s my job. What’s great about this park fitness routine, is that you have the opportunity […]

Top 5 Queens Cafe Study Nooks


By Chase Collum If right now you search for places to study in New York City, you’re likely to find a bunch of ambiguous lists of ideal theoretical study environments including a few museums and libraries along with a handful of trendy Manhattan venues. Here, I want to give you five intimate venues that I’ve […]

Interesting Nuptuals: Top 5 Unique Wedding Locations in Queens

Top Five Unique Wedding Locations

By Jess Berry Having a unique wedding has become an increasingly difficult task in a world dominated by social media, says Kimberly Sevilla, a talented and acclaimed florist who owns the flower shop Red Rose & Lavender in Williamsburg. Sites like Pinterest allow everyone to share cute craft ideas for weddings, or photos of ideal venues […]

Top Five Entrepreneurial Restaurants on the 7 Line

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By Andrew Shilling The 7 train: to some the line is forgotten or misunderstood, while to others it is nothing more than a tool for the work commute. For foodies, however, the Queens highline is viewed as a $2.50 key to an array of cultures from around the world. Joe DiStefano has made a career […]

Top Five Shopping Districts in Queens

Shopping Districts

There is no doubt that location and transportation play a big part in the success of a district, as do chambers of commerce, Business Improvement Districts and other business groups that help attract tenants and shoppers. But attracting people to spend three to four hours on a shopping strip involves something that is not as […]

Top Five Queens Beers

Top Five Beers

By Chase Collum Two years ago, this list could not have been written. But in that interceding timespan, all over the borough the call for craft beer was heard loud and clear by a disparate group of brewers now operating from Long Island City to the Rockaways. Just last month, two new breweries debuted in […]

Top 5 Queens Independent Bookstores

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By Jess Berry These book shops are finding creative ways to thrive in a digital marketplace When Borders went bankrupt and started closing its stores across the country in 2007, it seemed like the beginning of the end for brick-and-mortar stores and their book-loving frequenters. For many, the battle still continues as Amazon continues to […]

Top 5 Alternative Gyms in Queens

When most people walk into a gym they have an idea of what to expect: a row of treadmills, large mirrors, people lifting heavy things. In Queens, however, more and more gyms are helping members break a sweat in a more unconventional way. The fitness scene is becoming more focused on becoming a well-rounded athlete, […]

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