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Queens: What to Do, Where to Go (and How Not to Get Lost) in New York's Undiscovered Borough Paperback – October 31, 2006
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“A trip through Queens is like a trip across the world. No visitor to our City should leave without visiting this culturally rich and diverse borough.” ―New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
“With this publication, Ellen Freudenheim has done what I urge everyone to do―Visit Queens, and See the World!” ―Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President
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ELLEN FREUDENHEIM is the author of several books, including three editions of Brooklyn! She's long-time resident and avid explorer of New York City.
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After an informative and witty introduction, Freudenheim devotes thirteen chapters to neighborhoods from Astoria (named after the wealthy fur trader, John Jacob Astor) to Woodside. Within these chapters, she covers the basics: where the neighborhood is located, how to get there, its history, things to see and do, where to shop, points of cultural interest, restaurants, and nightlife. Sprinkled throughout the chapters are lively anecdotes and essays, some written in the first person by Queens residents. At the back of the book are sections about JFK and LaGuardia Airports, tours you can take, and recommended Web sites. The detailed and well-organized subject and alphabetical indexes make the book easy to navigate.
Even if you plan never to set foot in Queens, this guidebook is fun to read solely for its entertainment value. The author has a brisk and spunky writing style that makes "Queens" a browser's delight. Turn to any page, and you will find a fascinating tidbit of information presented with wit and verve. Did you know that jazz great Louis Armstrong lived in Queens for for twenty-eight years and that his house is a National Historic Landmark open to the public? I love New York (especially Brooklyn), but Ellen Freudenheim tempts me to board one of the many subway lines leading to the "hidden gems" of Queens.
I always used to tell people when I lived in Queens that if you ever wanted to take a trip around the world, and couldn't afford it, take a trip to Queens. It's the next best thing.
I highly recomend this book to anyone wanting to learn about a new place worth visiting, either vicariously or by actually going there. The restaurants are something worth stopping by and if you love to shop, there's a place in Queens to do it. I'm glad to have this book on my shelf. Even I learned something about Queens I didn't know about. As they say, stop by. Stay awhile. You might never want to leave.
Freudenheim, Ellen. Queens: What To Do, Where To Go (And How Not To Get Lost) in New York's Undiscovered Borough. Griffin: St. Martin's. 2006. c.336p. maps. index. ISBN 0-312-35818-0. pap. $17.95. TRAV
Freudenheim, who wrote about the New York City borough of Brooklyn in Brooklyn!: The Ultimate Guide to New York's Most Happening Borough, now tackles Queens. She organizes the book by neighborhood, with each section containing information on how to get there, things to see and do, history, shopping, restaurants, and points of cultural interest. Walking tours and brief essays by community members are also included. Small, detailed neighborhood street maps are helpful for finding attractions and navigating the area. Freudenheim presents some very compelling reasons to visit, such as the ethnic food, world culture, and proximity to New York's airports (you'll be passing through, anyway), and further provides practical information like tips on decoding Queens' complicated street addresses. Not every restaurant or attraction is covered and reviews are brief, but the guide is packed with useful and entertaining information and nicely fills a niche by covering the borough exclusively. Freudenheim's enthusiasm for Queens is contagious. Recommended for libraries with large travel collections, particularly for those collecting New York travel guides.--Louise Feldmann, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins