Free Queens History and Food Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Alex
Quality Verified Registered on February 06, 2023

I am a licensed tour guide, professional blogger, and active member of the Guides Association of New York City. My passion is New York’s food, history, and culture, and my walking tours are one of a kind NYC experiences! I also created, own, and operate a tour agency called Food Strolls Guided Tours right here in New York City.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Experience the real New York City by joining Alex on a walking tour through Jackson Heights and Corona, Queens.  We’ll discuss the history of Queens, its relationship to NYC’s subways and bridges, and the borough’s past and present day demographics.  We’ll talk about the roaring overhead 7 train, and how it became known as the “International Express”.  As we walk, we'll learn how and why Corona transitioned from a Black, Italian, and Jewish area to a Latin American mecca!

We'll visit several local businesses throughout the tour, including bodegas, taco stands, street vendors, food trucks, and bakeries.  You will have plenty of opportunities to taste the best camarones, pupusas, arepas, tlayudas, fritada, chicharrones, tacos, croquettes, and alfojores the streets of Queens have to offer!!

Finally, we’ll meet some local business owners with inspirational real life stories about the neighborhood!  Along the way you'll have plenty of time to ask questions and engage with Alex on any number of topics.

Tours are casual, flexible, and fun, so bring your curiosity, appetite, and a comfortable pair of walking shoes!

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  • Meeting point:
    4002 80th St, Queens, NY 11373, USA
    4002 80th St, Queens, NY 11373, USA
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How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Gioia 18 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
We had an amazing time on Alex's Queens Food Tour! Delicious bites and great company made for an unforgettable experience. Highly recommend!
Soledad 05 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Alex is an excellent Guru. We all enjoyed learning about the history of the area while visiting different highlights of Jackson Heights and Queens. Alex was super professional, he really introduced us in diferent aspects of the area, while taking us to different spots to try some traditional food. Moreover, the day we took the tour was super rainy, but Alex gave the tour anyway, which we really appreciate.
Kristin 28 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Alex seemed very genuinely interested in sharing his knowledge about Queens and the various neighborhoods we visited. The length of the walk was just right. He introduced us to many interesting food items. I enjoyed the stories about how Queens came about and its inhabitants and would have liked even more of that.
Marc 22 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
Alex is an amazing tourguide with a lot of passion for his job. Because of Alex I've learned and seen so much from New York! Highly recommended, you won't regret going on tour with him!
Tatiana 06 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
By far, one of the best experiences! You get to see the real side of NYC with its people and dynamics. Cannot recommend enough! You're in for a treat! If I could give it 6 stars, I would
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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