Queens is the largest of the five boroughs, so it should come as no surprise that there’s so much going on this spring.
From an international film festival to an old-fashioned carnival on a farm, enticing events are cramming the calendar so keep your Metro Card handy for a spring fling in Queens.
What: Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men
Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria
When: March 14-June 14
Why: Don Draper fans from around the metropolitan area will get an inside peak at the creative process behind the hit series. The exhibit features large-scale sets of Draper’s office and home, costumes, props and more. Screenings and lectures round out the offerings.
How to get there: Via subway, take the R/M to Steinway Street or N/Q to 36 Ave. The Q101 bus is an option from the Upper East Side.
What: Queens World Film Festival
Where: Screenings throughout Queens
When: March 17-22
Why: For five days in March, Queens becomes a cinephile’s dream, thanks to the 5th annual Queens Film Festival. 110 films, including indie docs, shorts and narrative features, will be presented. Opening night on March 17 at the Museum of the Moving Image presents a global lineup of award winning shorts.
How to get there: Check the festival site for directions to the multiple venues.
What: Children’s Carnival at the Queens County Farm Museum
Where: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
When: April 11-12 and April 18-19
Why: Who says NYC has lost its agrarian roots? This working farm dates back to 1697. Escape the hectic pace of urban life as you visit the greenhouse, pet livestock and laze in the orchard. The Children’s Carnival includes hayrides, games and unlimited carnival rides for a reasonable $12 per person.
How to get there: E or F to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike Station, where you will transfer to the Q46 bus to the Little Neck Parkway stop. Walk three blocks to the farm’s entrance.
What: New York Mets
Where: Citi Field, Flushing
When: Opening day is April 13, season lasts through September.
Why: Show your support for the other New York team, the perennial underdog Mets. The home opener against the Phillies is a fine way for the boys of summer to start the long season. If you’re not particularly keen on America’s pastime, you can still have fun noshing your way around the delish dining options including Shake Shack, Blue Smoke and El Verano Taqueria.
How to get there: 7 train to Mets/Willets Point Station
What: Lemon Ice King of Corona
Where: 52-02 108 Street, Corona
When: Open year round
Why: Don’t let a cool wind stop you from indulging in a taste of summer. For over 60 years, the Benfaremo family has been producing the most authentic Italian ice this side of Palermo. Flavors range from classic (lemon, rainbow, chocolate) to creative (licorice, peanut butter, cotton candy).
How to get there: 7 train to 103 Street-Corona Plaza. Exit the station at 104th Street, turn right and walk about 10 minutes. Turn right onto Corona Ave.