I just came back from a business trip to Kansas City on Midwest Airlines. The airline's magazine featured this article on areas along the 7 train's route. I just don't know quite what to say about it. I guess they're trying to portray these bits of Queens as exotic spectacles suitable for tourists. However, I don't think the average tourist will find it quite as easy to navigate through large tracts of Queens as, say, the coffee shops of Seattle or the country's most interesting presidential libraries (which were some of the other stories in that issue of the magazine).
Anyway, just thought you might be interested in seeing how Queens is being marketed to our midwestern friends.
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New York City’s 7 line takes passengers out of Manhattan and into the borough of Queens, where a vibrant mix of international communities and unexpected attractions makes for an unforgettable journey.
Great, we have "vibrant" covered in the first sentence! Want to put bets on whether "diverse" makes an appearance?
This giant globe, the most resilient of the structures remaining from the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, was constructed by the U.S. Steel Corporation as a symbol for world peace. Resting at the center of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it is a popular meeting place and a fitting (and striking) reminder that Queens is the most ethnically diverse 115 square miles on Earth.
It's also a fitting and striking reminder that the most "vibrant, diverse" borough is the dumping ground of NYC as evidenced by the shitty condition of FMCP and the fact that they only turn the fountains on at the Unisphere when tennis is in town. The other 50 weeks of the year, park visitors get to watch skateboarders underneath the hollow orb do stupid stunts similar to the one this exotic tile in the Great Queens Mosaic is doing. But for some reason, they left this out of the article.
Also neglected to mention that visitors may round out their Jackson Heights experience by enjoying scenes like this, or by popping into one of the popular local hotspots or specialty shops that might not be mentioned in Fodor's. Unexpected attractions and unforgettable journeys, indeed!