Free Queens History and Food Tour

Duration: 2h and 15min
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
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

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

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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Noémi 26 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
Alex did a phenomenal job! He was very well prepaired, and had a lot of insider information about the places we visited. He even took us to try some authentic food so we could experience the local culture first hand. I had a lovely time!
Umair 14 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
Alex was very Friendly and knowledgeable. The tour was very well organized and highly recommended.
Elina 12 May 2023

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Travelled in family - May 2023
Alex gave us the opportunity to see and experience Queens in a way it would never be possible on our own. He was well prepared and our family loved the local food places he showed us and foods he recommended to us. Thank you. We highly recommend this tour and specifically Alex as a guide.
Kevin 12 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
Absolutely great guide! The queenstour was our fourth tour with Alex because New York is his home. He tells the most important information, answers all questions and lets everyone feel his enthusiasm for New York and its versatility. Alex, thank you for the great time with you and the many great stories about all parts of the city! Absolut toller guide! Die queenstour war unsere vierte Tour mit Alex, weil New York sein zu Hause ist. Er erzählt die wichtigsten Infos, antwortet auf alle Fragen und lässt seine Begeisterung für New York und die Vielfalt allen spüren. Alex, Danke für die tolle Zeit mit dir und den vielen tollen Geschichten zu allen Stadtteilen!
Chen 03 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
The tour was a wonderful experience. We went to hidden places, atmosphere and group were perfect. Alex was patient and knowledgeable. We definitely recommend.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 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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