New to Queens? Top Four Sights to See First!

For those of you who are new to the area, let us be the first to welcome you to the most wonderful and diverse county in the United States! Owner Gus Antonopoulos and our staff know firsthand what a terrific place Greater Queens and Astoria is to work and live. Many of us grew up here, and now serve area families every day at Farenga Funeral Home.

Farenga has been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1876, providing funeral and cremation services to families all around us. If there’s anyone who knows the ins and outs of the neighborhood, it’s our team.

Whether you’ve just moved here or want to refresh your sense of adventure, be sure to check out these four can’t-miss sites in our area.

UnisphereExplore Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Talk about an urban oasis with a unique history and plenty of space for recreation! As the largest park in Queens at 879 acres, this was chosen as the home of the World’s Fair in 1939 and 1964. Spend the day wandering around the zoo, art museum, botanical garden, science museum, and baseball stadium, and be sure to check out the Unisphere, a spherical stainless steel representation of the Earth commissioned as part of the 1964 World’s Fair.


Stroll Rockaway Beach

Did you know Rockaway Beach is the largest urban beach in the U.S., stretching many miles along the peninsula, and the only legal surfing beach in New York City? Even if you don’t plan on catching a wave, you’ll enjoy the sand, sea breeze, and boardwalk any time of year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Visit the Museum of the Moving Image

This is the only museum in the country devoted to the history, art and technology of movies, television and video, so it’ll be a sure hit if you’re into movies, films, and photography. From props and costumes to interactive exhibits including The Jim Henson Exhibition, this museum is great for all ages.  

Take in the skyline at Gantry Plaza State Park

This 12-acre park sets along the East River and offers spectacular, unobstructed views of the Midtown Manhattan skyline, the Empire State Building, and the United Nations Building. Talk about an introduction to the greatest city on earth! Stop by the park’s four piers and walk through the manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Don’t forget your camera to capture that million-dollar shot.

Trust us when we say it was difficult to narrow it down to just four sites when there’s so much to see all around us. As you become familiar with the area, keep in mind that our team at Farenga Funeral Home is here for you. You can count on us when you need us. Stop in or call anytime.