18. Bone up on your street mural appreciation
The Welling Court Mural Project in Astoria is considered the best “aerosol art” alternative in Queens since 5 Pointz (RIP) was destroyed. It’s perhaps a more refined “Institute of Higher Burning,” but the quality of the Welling Court art will impress as it did at 5 Pointz -- and yes, it’s ready for your Instagrams, too. Artists from around the world contribute their time and talents to neutralizing blight in Western Astoria with their art. So if you want to see the latest leading display of Queens street art, start near the intersection of 30th Ave and Welling Court.
19. Drink at the oldest bar in NYC
Neir's Tavern in Woodhaven claims to be the oldest continuously operating bar in the five boroughs, having opened in 1829. Take that, McSorley’s. Plus, they filmed Goodfellas here.
20. Pay your respects to the famous and departed
It may seem kind of creepy, but when people die in New York City they have to be buried somewhere -- not just dumped in the East River. Queens is home to 15 cemeteries; the oldest, Calvary Cemetery, was established in 1848. And because New York is the home to some of the world’s greatest, you can visit some of the greatest places of rest.
St. John Cemetery in Middle Village is the burial site for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, crime boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano, and America's first female Vice Presidential candidate from a major party, Geraldine Ferraro. Head on over to Flushing Cemetery to pay homage to jazz legends Louis Armstrong and John “Dizzy” Gillespie.
21. Learn how to cook something new
The League of Kitchens offers the opportunity to experience the vast cultural diversity of Queens (130 languages are spoken here!) through the lens of food. It produces classes by immigrants in their own homes, with hands-on participation. Learn how to make food from another culture from someone who’s lived it all their life. Geen. Yus.