Queens, New York City

Queens New York City

Home of the 50 Cent, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Walken, among others, Queens stands tall among most notable NYC boroughs but often is skipped by digital nomads who instead flock to Manhattan or Brooklyn. However, failing to plan a workcation to Queens, would be a mistake. We found Queens to be a perfect spot for WanderLawyers in New York looking to find a nice fit between culture and affordability.  

Exploring the Neighborhoods

While Manhattan boasts its skyscrapers and Brooklyn flaunts its hipster vibes, Queens is the unsung hero blending a rich tapestry of cultures, foods, and experiences. As a digital nomad attorney, you’re likely seeking a location that offers a blend of work and leisure. Queens will not disappoint.

Astoria: A short subway ride from Manhattan, Astoria boasts a delightful mix of the old and new. Famous for its thriving Greek community, you can start your morning with a hearty baklava and end your day in one of its trendy microbreweries. Astoria also hosts Little North Africa, full of Arabic hookah bars and cuisine. You can also find descent South East Asian food and other upscale fare along Broadway. Plus, Astoria Park offers serene views of the Manhattan skyline and is a perfect location for an afternoon jog or a picnic.

Jackson Heights: Known as the world’s melting pot, you’ll hear over 167 languages spoken here. Fancy an Indian curry or a Nepali momo? Perhaps a Colombian bandeja paisa? Jackson Heights is your culinary passport. Jackson Heights boasts Central Asian, South Asian, and South American micro-neighborhoods where you can sample food not found anywhere else in the United States.  

Long Island City (LIC): Once an industrial hub, LIC has been transformed into a contemporary urban delight. With waterside parks, iconic views of Manhattan, and a range of coworking spaces, LIC caters to the modern WanderLawyer.

Working in Queens

Queens isn’t just about leisure; it’s got plenty to offer for your working hours. With the rise of remote work, numerous coworking spaces have sprung up:

The Local: Located in LIC, this spot is ideal for those who want a mix of work and play. Apart from a comfortable working environment, it’s just a stone’s throw away from cultural spots like MoMA PS1.

WeWork Queens Plaza: Offering a swanky workspace and an inspiring community, this WeWork location is perfect for attorneys looking to network and hustle.

QNS Collective: A charming space in Astoria that offers a cozy environment for work. The bonus? The locality is bustling with cafes, making coffee breaks more delightful.

Rating

Here is our WanderLawyer rating for Queens, NYC

Accessibility 5/5 stars. 

Delicious food 5/5 stars. 

Affordability 3.5/5 stars. 

Work remote locations & internet access 3.5/5 stars. 

Weather 3/5 stars 

Friendliness 3/5 stars

Nightlife 4/5 stars

Vibe: 5/5 stars

Overall Score – 4/5 Stars

Queens: A Deeper Dive into the Borough’s Offerings

Transportation:

Queens is exceptionally well-connected, making it an attractive base for any digital nomad. The New York City subway system sprawls across the borough with lines like the 7, E, M, R, and N whisking you away to Manhattan in no time. For those days when you want to avoid the underground, buses are plentiful, connecting various neighborhoods within Queens and to other boroughs. And don’t forget, the JFK and LaGuardia airports are both in Queens, making national and international travel seamless.

Lodging:

Accommodations in Queens offer a taste of authenticity and often at a fraction of Manhattan prices. Boutique hotels like The Paper Factory in LIC or The Parc Hotel in Flushing provide chic comfort. For longer stays, serviced apartments or Airbnb options are aplenty, ranging from quaint Astoria apartments to modern lofts in LIC.

Restaurants:

The dining scene in Queens is nothing short of a gastronomic adventure. Explore the world on a plate – from the savory kebabs of Astoria’s Greek spots to the spicy stir-fries of Flushing’s Chinese eateries. Don’t miss out on restaurants like Casa Enrique, which serves up Michelin-starred Mexican dishes, or Adda, a rustic eatery delivering the flavors of India.

Bars:

Queens boasts a robust nightlife with bars to fit any vibe. From the speakeasy ambiance of Dutch Kills in LIC to the lively vibes of Studio Square in Astoria, there’s a spot for every night owl. If you’re in the mood for craft beers, check out Rockaway Brewing Company. For those seeking views, Z Roof Bar offers panoramic visuals of the NYC skyline.

Cafes:

For the caffeine-dependent WanderLawyer, Queens will be a haven. Astoria’s ‘Gossip Coffee’ serves up delicious brews along with decadent donuts. Meanwhile, Sweetleaf in LIC boasts artisanal coffees and vintage vibes, making it perfect for both work and relaxation. And if you’re exploring Jackson Heights or Elmhurst, drop by Lety Bakery for some coffee paired with authentic Mexican pastries.

Attractions:

While we’ve already touched upon a few, Queens has no shortage of places to explore. Beyond the museums and gardens, there’s the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home to the Unisphere, a legacy from the 1964 World’s Fair. For beach lovers, the Rockaway Beach offers sandy shores and a boardwalk. And if you’re in the mood for some theatre, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts provides a dose of culture with its range of performances.

Verdict:

Queens gets two big thumbs up from us. In essence, Queens is a treasure trove of experiences. Whether you’re hopping on a subway, savoring a dish from the other side of the world, sipping on a cocktail, indulging in a coffee break, or exploring its myriad attractions, this borough ensures your NYC adventure is both unique and unforgettable.

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.