It’s in Queens
#MonthlyPicks | Alejandra Hernandez
As a young and hungry student, I’ve stumbled across many great places to eat on the way home from school. My favorite place to snack has to be my local La Abundancia Restaurant & Bakery. Not only do they sell delicious Colombian sweets, La Abundancia also serves breakfast and lunch in all of the Queens locations! What I typically order from there to feed my sweet tooth is Chicharrón de Guayaba. This puff pastry has flaky layers with a smooth, delicious guava filling. It’s shaped in the form of a chicharrón sausage.
Something very unique about Queens is the diversity in supermarkets. My personal favorite would be Mi Tierra on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights because you can find rare ingredients, fruits, and foods from all around South America.
Some days when the weather is nice, I like to take a walk to Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows. You can really enjoy your day there with friends and family whether it be playing basketball, having a catch, or just eating some ice cream while walking your dog. During spring and summer, I spend almost all my free time there, playing sports and enjoying the space.
The Forest Park Carousel will always be close to my heart. I used to go to Forest Park all the time when I was younger and always had a blast going around the carousel countless times. Not only does this place hold many fond memories for me, the carousel is historic. It was constructed in 1890 by William H. Dentzel, and the animals were carved by world-renowned German artist Daniel Carl Muller in 1903. The Forest Park Carousel is an NYC Designated Landmark! It’s definitely a place you must visit.
Alejandra Hernandez is a senior at Business Technology Early College High School in Queens Village. The Jamaica resident plays Varsity Soccer, Varsity Softball, and Club Volleyball. She’s also the Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook Committee.