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Climbers on a five-story climbing wall on the (Credit: AP, 2012)

Climbers on a five-story climbing wall on the side of the Outward Bound's New York City headquarters in Long Island City, a neighborhood in the borough of Queens.

Queens: Visiting Long Island City and Astoria

A hotel boom is luring tourists out of Manhattan and across the East River to the Queens neighborhoods of Long Island City and Astoria, where there's plenty to do.

Climbers on a five-story climbing wall on the
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Climbers on a five-story climbing wall on the side of the Outward Bound's New York City headquarters in Long Island City, a neighborhood in the borough of Queens.

One of many ethnic restaurants in Astoria, Queens,
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One of many ethnic restaurants in Astoria, Queens, Djerdan Burek, a restaurant-bakery serving food from the Balkan region, boasts the "Best Burek in Town." (March 9, 2013 )

Astoria Park is one of several waterfront parks
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Astoria Park is one of several waterfront parks in Astoria and the adjacent neighborhood of Long Island City. (March 9, 2013)

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The view from inside a room at the
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The view from inside a room at the Z, a boutique hotel in Long Island City, in Queens. (March 6, 2013)

The bright red Pepsi-Cola sign on the waterfront
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The bright red Pepsi-Cola sign on the waterfront of Long Island City, Queens. (March 7, 2013)

Sculptures at the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in
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Sculptures at the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Astoria, Queens. The late Noguchi, a Japanese-American sculptor known for his sparse, modernist style, lived and worked in the building. (March 6, 2013)

The Museum of the Moving Image, in Astoria,
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The Museum of the Moving Image, in Astoria, Queens, offers hands-on exhibits ranging from old video games to equipment that lets visitors dub their own voices into a scene from a famous film.

Dutch Kills head bartender Jan Warren in the
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Dutch Kills head bartender Jan Warren in the hip Long Island City bar.

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"Raymond & Toby," a 1994 sculpture by John Ahearn at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens. (March 6, 2013)

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