#MonthlyPicks | What an Arts and Civic Leader Loves about Queens
BY QEDC It's In Queens
At least 2 million people live in Queens. This month’s contributor lives for Queens. Here are some of her favorites things about the world’s most diverse borough. Find out more about her at the bottom of this post.
I’m a big seafood lover so when I need a fix, I go straight to Waves Seafood Market in Laurelton. It’s a tiny fish market that will cook your fresh catch for you! The owner is also the chef! Most times I just get a big pan of crab legs with corn and potatoes or an escovitch fish with fried dumpling. You can’t go wrong with either. If I’m looking for a more brunch dine-in vibe, I go to Sayra’s Wine Bar in Rockaway Park. Every single thing I’ve ever had there is delicious! You HAVE to get the meatballs and the avocado toast! (You’re welcome!) Inside is tiny, but they have a nice-sized backyard. The staff is super knowledgeable on the wine selections and great for regular conversations, too. And now dessert! I love the Lemon Pie gelato at Glace in Springfield Gardens! I can walk to this spot from home so it’s the hard to resist. It’s usually a party vibe in there and they close super late in the summertime. It’s a new spot so it looks very modern inside with wifi and a scannable menu. It’s definitely a local treasure.
My family loves GameStation in Hollis. This isn’t the style of arcade I’m used to from the 1980s. It’s super modern with PS4 and XBox all over. But it’s the hospitality that really makes it shine! It’s family owned and operated and they definitely make you feel like a part of their crew. What’s good is that they cater to all ages. They have open play times for kids in the day and lots of adult game nights on the weekends. Or you can just rent out the whole location for your own event.
An often underrated attraction in Springfield Gardens right by JFK Airport is Idlewild Park (below). It’s a public park and saltwater marsh with a baseball field, hiking trail, kayaking, and canoeing. It also has a trailer with live reptiles you can observe. It’s a great place to go for a walk or have a picnic and it’s almost never crowded. The grounds are kept very clean. I see that they have an environmental center under construction that should be opening the spring. Overall, it’s just a nice peaceful spot.
I recommend that everyone visit the Black Spectrum Theatre in Roy Wilkins Park as soon as it reopens. This 325-seat venue promotes African Diaspora culture through original theatrical productions and films. It has been in the community for more than 50 years and hosted performances from such international stars as Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, and Vivica A. Fox. In a usual season, it presents weekly shows at inexpensive prices to about 20,000 people. I am really looking forward to returning to this space, hopefully in the fall.
Aleeia Abraham founded the BlaQue Resource Network, a space for Black people in Queens to network, discover local businesses and events, and share resources. She’s also a talented musician and event organizer.