Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

WHERE: 11101 Corona Ave., Queens
HOURS: 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
BBQ AREA: Jewel Ave. & Van Wyck Expressway

Flushing Meadows isn’t quite the “valley of ashes” Fitzgerald described it as in The Great Gatsby. Now known as the Queens’ version of Central Park, the 1,255-acre terrain offers a quiet and less crowded area for park-goers. If you’re really trying to escape the action of the city, Flushing Meadows offers peaceful serenity. Since loud music and amps are prohibited, this isn’t necessarily the party scene, but there are bikes and boats available to rent if you’re looking for something on the Walden tip.

In addition to the scenery, Flushing Meadows also serves as home to the “Unisphere,” the giant steel globe seen in Men in Black, as well as the Panorama, a 1939 large scale model of the New York metro area.