Flushing Meadows-Corona Park - Photos

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    Flushing Meadows and the Unisphere

    Globe at Flushing Meadows Park
    ••• The giant globe in Queens, New York The giant globe -- the Unisphere -- is a major symbol of Queens, New York, and dominates over Flushing Meadows Park. A smaller version is in Manhattan outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Columbus Circle. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    What's Wrong With This Photo?

    Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
    ••• Can you pick out what doesn't belong?. Photo (c) John Roleke

    Let's see. Common sights in Flushing Meadows Park...

    Worlds Fair statues and architecture, check.

    Overhead planes thundering into LaGuardia, check.

    Out of season tourists, huh?

    I think Flushing Meadows is a great place, but it doesn't get many tourists outside of those coming to the US Open. It was fun to spot this tourist couple goofing in front of the Worlds Fair-era statue.

    If you are a tourist or just want to spend the day like one, I do recommend Flushing Meadows for a mellow day outdoors.

    See the Panorama of New York City to get an overview of the whole city, and take the kids to the Queens Zoo or NY Hall of Science.

    Maybe best of all, you can reserve a court at the US Open where the champs play every August.

    Flushing Meadows is safe park to enjoy, but like everywhere, use common sense. I would never recommend walking the park at night. Here's more about Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

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    Panorama of New York City

    Panorama of New York City
    ••• A miniature NYC in Queens The Panorama of New York City is a spectacle more than worth the price of admission at the Queens Museum of Art. Photo (c) and courtesy of the Queens Museum of Art
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    Soccer Fields at Flushing Meadows

    Soccer at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
    ••• The Unisphere is the backdrop for this league soccer game. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Flushing Meadows Eats

    Ecuadorian snack cart at Flushing Meadows Park
    ••• The Ecuadorian and Peruvian snack carts at Flushing Meadows Park cater to the soccer crowds on the weekends. Besides a hot dog or empanada, you might find one hawking ceviche, or taking orders for cuy (guinea pig). Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Keeping Cool

    Unisphere fountains
    ••• Fountains under the Unisphere The fountains under the Unishpere become an impromptu splash spot. When not flowing, the basic area attracts skateboarders. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    New York State Pavilion

    New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows
    ••• What a heap. The New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows is a leftover from the Worlds Fair. Not adequately maintained, it's modernist lines are now merely an eyesore. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Puddle Path at Flushing Meadows

    Puddle
    ••• All too often, the embankment of Meadow Lake becomes a muddy, flooded mess. It's an unsolved puzzle leftover from building a park on a swamp. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    The 7 Train at Willets Point

    7 train
    ••• 7 train depot at Flushing Meadows - Willets Point. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    From the Subway to the Park

    Subway at Flushing Meadows Park
    ••• Willets Point - Shea Stadium - Flushing Meadows The 7 subway and LIRR stop at Flushing Meadows Park. The station is "Willets Point - Shea Stadium.". Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Elena Dementieva

    Elena Dementieva
    ••• Elena Dementieva at the US Open in 2007. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Arthur Ashe Stadium

    Arthur Ashe Stadium
    ••• Outside Arthur Ashe Stadium, the outdoor seating, fountains, and big screen draw crowds throughout the afternoons and evenings during the US Open. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Court of Champions at US Open

    Court of Champions at the US Open
    ••• The Court of Champions celebrates the winners of the US Open Tennis Tournament. It's inside the At the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, between the South Gate and Arthur Ashe Stadium. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Louis Armstrong Stadium at the US Open

    Louis Armstrong Stadium
    ••• Louis Armstrong Stadium is one of the main US Open venues at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Queens Museum of Art

    Queens Museum of Art
    ••• The Queens Museum of Art is in the New York Building at Flushing Meadows, and was once the temporary home of the United Nations. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Pathway

    Walking at Flushing Meadows Park
    ••• Walking at Flushing Meadows Park. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Flushing Meadows

    Flushing Meadows
    ••• Playgrounds and ball fields dot the shores of Meadow Lake at Flushing Meadows. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Geodesic Dome

    Geodesic Dome at Flushing Meadows Park
    ••• Aviary at the Queens Zoo Aviary at the Queens Zoo. Photo (c) John Roleke

    The birds of the Queens Zoo roosts in a unique aviary, a geodesic dome from the Worlds Fair.

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    Soccer at Flushing Meadows

    Soccer games at Flushing Meadows
    ••• Weekends the soccer fields are packed at Flushing Meadows with youth and adult teams. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Pitch 'n Putt Golf at Flushing Meadows

    Pitch and Putt Golf at Flushing Meadows
    ••• Pitch and putt golf at Flushing Meadows. Photo (c) John Roleke

    Flushing Meadows Park has a pitch 'n putt golf course and mini-golf. The entrance to both can be found to the east of the USTA grounds, just outside the park's subway station.

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    Playground at Flushing Meadows

    Playground at Flushing Meadows
    ••• Playground at Flushing Meadows. Photo (c) John Roleke
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    Cinco de Mayo at Flushing Meadows

    Cinco de Mayo at Flushing Meadows
    ••• Cinco de Mayo is the first of several summertime festivals that brings thousands and thousands to Flushing Meadows for the day. Photo (c) Dave Cook of Eating in Translation