SUBWAYS & BUSES: We are a quick 3-block walk to the Grand Avenue/Newtown subway stop on the R and M lines (previously the G, R and V). This is approximately 20-25 min. from midtown Manhattan. LaGuardia and JFK Airports are appr. 20 min. by taxi, 40 minutes by public transport. We are near to the Q60 bus line which travels along Queens Boulevard from 60th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan, through Long Island City/Hunters Point, Sunnyside, Woodside, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Briarwood to the last stop in Jamaica three miles beyond us. The Q58 goes through Corona to Flushing where you will find Arthur Ashe and Shea Stadiums.
SHOPPING: We are minutes walk to a shopper's paradise! It's only 2 blocks to the Queens Place Mall which includes Target, Daffy's, Best Buy and Macy's Furniture Gallery. It's 3 blocks to the Queens Center Mall where you will find Macy's Department Store, J.C. Penney, Urban Outfitters, Gap, Armani Exchange, Aeropostale and a hundred other boutiques both upscale and moderately priced. We are within walking distance of Sears, Marshall's, Kohl's, TJ Maxx, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier One Imports and Old Navy, and a short subway or bus ride to popular Austin Street in Forest Hills where you will find everything from Barnes & Noble to Ann Taylor Loft and Laytner's Linens. 10 minutes away by car there is a 4th, beautifully landscaped mall called The Shops at Atlas Park where you can find J. Jill, Chico's, Jos. A. Bank, Borders Books and others.
RESTAURANTS: We are minutes walk to Outback, Red Lobster, Applebees, Georgia Diner, Sushi Island, and many fast food restaurants in the food court of Queens Center Mall. We are walking distance, or a quick bus ride to Ben's Best, famous NYC kosher deli, and numerous local Chinese restaurants. In nearby Forest Hills there are countless eateries including two Zagat picks: Nick's Pizza and Dee's Pizza. Many local restaurants will deliver, and for your convenience we have placed some menus in the first kitchen drawer.
Man Lai Wong, Canada: "Your house was very well appointed. We had a wonderful stay."
FOOD SHOPPING: If you don't want to eat out, feel free to bring in groceries and cook. There is grocery shopping at a variety of delis and supermarkets on nearby Broadway, as well as the new grocery section at Target, Kam Lun chinese grocery which has as many Asian food items as American, and if you drive, Super Stop & Shop is 5 minutes away and open 24 hours. A little further off but well worth the trip is Trader Joe's in Glendale. If you're going to Forest Hills, there's great grocery shopping at Natural Market on Austin Street which offers a variety of organic and imported foods.
MOVIE THEATRES: A short subway, bus or cab ride away in Forest Hills are three movie theatres: 1)- the UA Midway Stadium 9 (with 9 screens) 2)- the UA Brandon Cinema (2 screens) and 3)- The Cinemart (6 screens) where you are sure to catch all the latest blockbusters.
ATTRACTIONS: Too many to list, but of note are the new Luna Park at Coney Island about 1 hour by train, 1/2 hour by car, and the (USTA) US Open Tennis games at Arthur Ashe Stadium in nearby Flushing Meadow Park appr. 10 min by car. (For fans of a long walk or bike ride, we count appr. 24-30 blocks on the street map). Also in Flushing Meadow are Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Shea Stadium, home of the NY Mets. About 1 hour and 2 boroughs away is Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, home of the NY Yankees.
"The Suitcase Sisters", Ontario, Canada: "We enjoyed the comfort and space the house afforded. Location was convenient. Had some great meals at the local diner."
BEACHES: All of New York's beaches are a reasonable car, bus or subway ride away: Coney Island, Rockaway Beach, Jones Beach, Long Beach, Riis Park, Robert Moses Park, as well as the Hamptons, Montauk & Fire Island.
LAUNDRY: There are 2 large laundromats within 2 blocks walking distance.
Ken & Cheryl Huff, Oregon: "Thanks for your house during the Christmas holiday. It was perfect for our comings and goings between Manhattan and Long Island. We also enjoyed the charm of the house itself."
TAXIS: It is easy enough to catch a yellow or "gypsy" cab in front of the Queens Place mall. However, you may also call any number of local car services for door-to-door service. There are business cards for local taxis in the house.
Claudia, Ursula & Thomas Helldøerfer, Germany: "Thank you for the wonderful stay at your home! Best greetings from Germany."
PARKING: Currently, we don't have private parking, however there is street parking in the neighborhood if you decide to rent a car. Just make sure to observe local parking rules and listen for "alternate side of the street parking reports" on NY1 (channel 1 on cable TV) so you don't get a ticket. There is also parking in the lot of Queens Place Mall for a nominal daily fee if you want to avoid street parking hassles.
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