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Kew Gardens simultaneously provides the comfortable and safe feel of a suburb as well as the diversions and accessibility of a city. A hidden gem located in the heart of Queens, Kew Gardens boasts a strong reputation as a quiet, ethnically diverse neighborhood.
Kew Gardens has a number of diversions that are kid friendly, such as pottery making and other craft stores. In addition to providing activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family, Kew Gardens caters to the large numbers of young people that have recently moved in. The neighborhood is easy to maneuver about on foot and possesses a great spectrum of ethnic cuisine and quaint stores. Aside from shopping at the two local malls, one can wander Lefferts Boulevard and Austin Street to explore the shops.
For a more alternative outing, one can visit Kew Gardens Cinemas, a local independent theater that bears similarity to the well-known Angelika Film Center of SoHo. An advantage Kew Gardens has over its more urban counterparts is the presence of its greenery and peace: the neighborhood is blessed with Forest Park, Flushing Meadow Park, and the Queens Botanical Garden. Any one of these options makes for a pleasant and varied outing; for example, an afternoon at Forest Park can consist of hiking, tennis, or simply relaxing in the shade. Sport fans can also find a lot to do, as the USTA National Tennis Center and Shea Stadium are both in the general area.
If one craves a more active day trip, the subway makes quick work of a trip to Forrest Hills, Brooklyn, or Manhattan. Public transportation is in wide use in the neighborhood. Not only do buses do their rounds about the area, but the John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport are conveniently nearby and buses drive to and from these location every day. Traveling to Long Island is also simple, as the LIRR has a station between Audley Street and Austin Street.
The close proximity of food venues and public transportation allows one to feel safe, but not isolated, which harkens back to the charming atmosphere the makes Kew Gardens seem like a small town within a big city.
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