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Published on : Friday, July 24, 2015
The US Open, by far the America’s biggest tennis tournament, returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 31 through September 13. The Grand Slam event brings together the world’s best players along with great food, kids’ activities and musical performances, and draws fans from around the globe.
What You Need to Know About the US Open
The US Open returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park August 31–September 13. It’s a chance to see the sport’s heavyweights, like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, up close as they battle for glory and prize money—the purse this year is a massive $3.3 million each for the singles winners.
Roughly two-thirds of the residents in this bustling Queens neighborhood are foreign born—the vast majority of them coming from Asia. Whether you’re looking for the most authentic Asian cuisine, an ancient herbal remedy or an impossible-to-find Japanese comic book, Flushing is the place to go. The neighborhood also happens to be home to some of the City’s best attractions, including world-class sports venues, lush gardens and performance spaces.
As New York City’s most international borough and home to people from all over the world, Queens has virtually every type of cuisine imaginable. A visit to the Museum of the Moving Image is a must, too; it’s the only institution in the US dedicated to the art, technology and social impact of film, television and digital media. In neighboring Long Island City, art buffs celebrate the life and work of sculptor Isamu Noguchi at the Noguchi Museum and stroll through nearby Socrates Sculpture Park. Summer is also an ideal time to see the borough’s lush side. Start at its largest park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which is home to recreational spaces like the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, plus theater, gardens and museums.
Queens is on the rise as a dining destination: four of its restaurants earned a Michelin star in the 2015 guide. Talk of where to venture in the borough used to center on authentic Indian eats in Jackson Heights and full-throttle Thai in Woodside. While both still shine, they now compete for buzz with many more options, including newer Asian spots in Long Island City and in Ridgewood—former industrial neighborhoods that have increasingly become the domain of young artists who patronize innovative restaurants.