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Quintessential Queens

Quintessential Queens

A full description of this trip can be found on our Quintessential Queens page. 

                                            In Queens to find locations best

                                           Avenues, roads and drives run west;

                                           But ways to north and south, 'tis plain

                                             Are streets or place or even lane.

This poem from the 1920s was an attempt to help to people better navigate the borough; 100 years later, its confusing as ever.  But, amidst this confusion, and the highways, graveyards, and train tracks that all seem to create dead ends at every turn, you’ll find hidden gems of neighborhoods, quirky architecture, tasty ethnic food, and cultural diversity like no where else in the world.

As our current mayor is quick to point out, the middle class is often overlooked or forgotten about in this city known for its extremes.  Well, not in Queens!  Queens has long been a middle-class-Mecca and the varied neighborhoods within reflect the true melting pot of everyday life in New York City.

We’ll ride through quaint Sunnyside Gardens, a recently landmarked neighborhood built, with push from Eleanor Roosevelt, as one of the nation’s first planned communities for the working class.  In Forest Hills, we’ll encounter an architectural wonderland inspired by the British Garden City model, where the charming gabled and tiled-roof homes reflect a modern American spin on Tudor, Norman, French and Colonial influences.  We’ll also roll through Astoria, Jackson Heights, & Corona where we’ll encounter Greek Diners, Bollywood theaters, Tibetan dumplings, El Savadorian discotheques, and grocers speaking Tag-a-long in Little Manila.

And, of course, a visit to Queens would not be complete without sampling the ethnic fare along the way.  Astoria provides a wealth of options but we’ll have to save so room for Jackson Heights, where Indian, Thai, Philipinno are sure to satisfy.  The number of great ethnic food/snack/drink options along this route is almost limitless.  For this reason, we can encourage you to mention any specific requests when signing up.  On the day of the ride, we’ll do our best to accommodate and advise.

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Earlier Event: October 31
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Later Event: November 5
Pitch Pedal