From Daily News columnist Denis Hamill:
The only time I usually leave Queens is for work, vacations, or to visit relatives.
Otherwise, everything I need in life is right here in these 178 square miles amid the 2.3 million residents.
There's nowhere in Manhattan that can compare with a power walk along Little Neck Bay when the sailboats catch the first breezes of spring and the fish are jumping and the cranes, mallards and gulls cry and caw, and where bicyclists, joggers, strollers and fishermen pass each other in the tireless parade of life.
When I need a place to sit in utter tranquility there's no place with a more Zen setting than Udall's cove in Little Neck.
I watch all the best foreign and indie flicks right at the Kew Gardens Cinema on Austin St. And eat in the Austin Ale House directly across the street or Dani's Italian restaurant on the corner, which also serves excellent pizza by the slice.
Get a truly working-class take on the "tweeding" - the gentrification - of Queens at QueensCrap.blogspot.com, which has kicked a little of the same out of me a few times. But this Web site delivers a loud, honest and irreverent point of view about life in Queens.
Wanna-be community activists can learn how to save their neighborhoods block by block by just trailing Frank Skala through Eastern Queens for a week. Warning: Bring comfortable shoes.
I love walking the boardwalk at Rockaway with the rumor of summer in the air.
Sure, there's a great big world that I like to visit outside of Queens.
But everything I'll ever need is right here.
Amen! Well, except for the tweeding definition... Gentrification is a result of tweeding, not the definition of it. But as far as I am concerned, anyone who exposes the lame bureaucracy of the Parks Department is entitled to make a faux pas now and then.