Photo: David Rothenberg
Just across the East River from Midtown, this Queens neighborhood is a hotbed of international culture and dining—including a longstanding Greek presence and a Little Egypt. Its film-related history and sights provide another draw.
Take the N or W train to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd—just 20 minutes from Times Square—or the M or R line farther east to Steinway.
The Museum of the Moving Image, where you can learn about cinema lore and take part in hands-on filmmaking exhibits.
Greek food and nightlife at pubs, sports bars and upscale cocktail lounges on Ditmars, Broadway and Steinway.
The Bohemian Beer Garden is a great place to hang out under the trees enjoying sausage and pints of pilsner.