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Valentine’s Day Places in Queens!

Posted by: yetheart, February 8, 2019 7:36 pm
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Sunset at Gantry Plaza State Park (photo credit: Clay Williams)

We asked Joe DiStefano, author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, for his suggestions for the perfect romantic places in Queens. Be sure to visit them with your special someone this Valentine's Day—or whenever you're in the mood for a lovely time!

Sunset at Gantry Plaza State Park
The looming black structures from which this park overlooking the East River takes its name were once used to transfer freight from cargo ships. What was once the site of heavy industry is now a lovely place to take in the view of the sun setting over the river, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.
4-09 47th Road, Long Island City

Take A Spin on the Forest Park Carousel
Travel back to a simpler time and take your sweetheart for a ride on a camel, tiger, or Bengal tiger. You won’t find this menagerie in a zoo, though, rather it's just inside of Forest Park’s Woodhaven Gate at the Forest Park Carousel, which was built in 1903 by German master woodworker Daniel Carl Muller. There are plenty of horses to saddle up on, too. Afterwards, take a stroll over to Eddie’s Sweet Shop for an ice cream sundae.
Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven

Sweets for the Sweet at Schmidt’s Candy Store
This 92-year-old candy store underneath the J train greets you with an intoxicating aroma of chocolate. Many of the treats—like the chocolate-covered nuts, pineapple wedges, raspberry jellies, and mints—have been sold since Margie Schmidt’s immigrant German grandfather opened the shop in 1925. Valentine’s Day treats include truffles, rose pops, chocolate-covered strawberries, and heart-shaped assortment boxes.
94-15 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven

Fang Gourmet Tea
Not far from the bustling streets of downtown Flushing lies this oasis of calm, perfect for a romantic assignation whilst learning about tea. There are dozens on offer and tastings typically range from $5 to $15 per person for five steepings. Try the premium Oriental Beauty, an oolong with notes of honey and fruit, or the Tibetan brick tea, which calls to mind a walk through a rainy forest.
135-25 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing

Find the Alley Pond Giant
If you and your sweetie are the outdoorsy type, why not take a hike to pay your respects to the oldest living thing in New York City, the Alley Pond Giant? The 133-foot-tall flowering tulip tree is estimated to be between 350 and 450 years old. Like love, it’s not easy to find, though. Walk down the paved trail, and about five feet past the end of the black fence head into the woods on your left. You’ll know you’ve found it when you see the 8-foot-high chain-link fence surrounding the elder statesman of the forest, with a long trunk diverging into several zigzagging branches.
East Hampton Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Oakland Gardens

Pictured, from left to right: Gantry Plaza State Park, the Forest Park Carousel, and the Alley Pond Giant. All photos by Clay Williams.

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