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 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, 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 in Astoria and the adjacent neighborhood of Long Island City. (March 9, 2013)
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 of Long Island City, Queens. (March 7, 2013)
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, 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 hip Long Island City bar.
"Raymond & Toby," a 1994 sculpture by John Ahearn at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens. (March 6, 2013)