clockwise from left: Bagel and
lox at Russ Daughters Cafe;
Museum of the Moving Image in
Astoria; Whitney Museum of
American Art; Queens Museum.
waiters invite visitors to pick from the catch
displayed in a glass case at the entrance. Greek salads, dips, fried cheese and olive
oil-kissed grilled vegetables round out the meal.
New largest borough is also home to the
Queens Museum, located on the 1964 Fair
grounds at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. With
a suggested donation of just $8 for adults (compared to the $25, for example), the museum
is a steal. The pinnacle of the charmingly scattered
collection is the Panorama of the City of New York.
This sprawling, hyperdetailed, 9,335-square-foot
scale model was once the largest in the world and
proved to be one of the most popular attractions at the
Fair. Other museum highlights include a vast
collection of kitschy fair memorabilia and a
temporary exhibition of gorgeously bejeweled Tiffany
lamps. After the museum, be sure to stroll through the
park; its fascinating, faded architectural grandeur is
reminiscent of something out of the former Soviet
Union. Continuing east brings you to Flushing and the
second-largest Chinatown. Fu Run Restaurant,
specializing in northeastern Chinese fare, will warm
you up with hearty, intensely flavorful plates of fried
fish in hot bean paste, Muslim lamb chop, triple delight
vegetables and home-style pancakes.