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queensway eats restaurants-NYC-Untapped CitiesAll images via QueensWay Eats

In a few years, Queens will join Brooklyn as the latest New York City borough to receive a major upscale facelift. The change will come with the construction of the QueensWay, a proposed 3.5-mile greenway snaking through Queens’ six neighborhoods. Though it hopes to avoid the over-gentrification that the High Line brought to west Chelsea only a few years ago, the QueensWay seems poised to connect the neighborhoods by repurposing the Rock­away Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail­road into park space, currently an abandoned dumping ground.

QueensWay Eats is an effort to provide a little context to the project that most say will change Queens for the better, a map of all the best restaurants within walking distance of the proposed line.

The interactive map follows the line of the proposed QueensWay, detailing the area’s best food. The list spans pizza, bakeries, sushi, and ethnic finds from Guyana, Israel, Hungary, and Poland.

queensway eats restaurants-NYC-Untapped Cities7Regulars say that Ben’s Best is up there with Katz’s as one of New York’s premier Jewish delis

queensway eats restaurants-NYC-Untapped Cities5Dee’s Pizza, down the QueensWay from the 50-year old Ozone Pizzeria.

queensway eats restaurants-NYC-Untapped Cities2The Puerto Rican trattoria, El VIejo Yayo

The QueensWay will con­nect­ north­ern and south­ern Queens with a pedestrian path and bikeway, it would also include space for out­door school classrooms, play­grounds, public space for com­mu­nity and cul­tural pro­gram­ming. Many say that it is poised to be the monument (in park form) that Queens has been lacking, one that will unite its comparably disjointed neighborhoods.

queensway eats restaurants-NYC-Untapped Cities10Neir’s Tavern is nearly 200 years old. It is one of Queens’ most famous (and photographed) locations.

queensway eats restaurants-NYC-Untapped Cities8La Boulangerie is as simple as they come with only the essential authentic French baked goods.

queensway eats restaurants-NYC-Untapped Cities6Los Chilitos is the only food truck on the map and sells unique varieties of tacos.

The map, curated by Jonah Gar­nick, a former intern for the Trust for Pub­lic Land, spans the entire borough, much like the proposed linear park. Natives of Queens and visitors alike have quite a few good meals to look forward to, on top of the brand-new park and public space.

Next, read about our behind-the-scenes tour of the QueensWay with the Trust for Public Land. Get in touch with the author @jinwoochong.

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