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Sunday, March 21, 2010

All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.

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Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Flushing? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of March 26-28:

GETTING THERE

Flushing is about 243 miles north of Washington up Interstate 95. Take New Jersey Turnpike Exit 13, cross the Goethals and Verrazano-Narrows bridges, take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway north to the Long Island Expressway east and get off at Exit 23, Main Street.

Amtrak has daily service to Penn Station, with fares starting at $74 one way. Catch the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Rail Road to Flushing, one level down. The 20-minute trip costs $5.75 off-peak and $8 during rush hour.

Bolt Bus and Megabus have service to New York for about $20 each way. Flushing is at the eastern end of the 7 subway line, about a 30-minute ride from Times Square. One-way fare is $2.25.

WHERE TO STAY

Best Western Queens Court

13351 39th Ave., 718-888-1900

http://www.bestwestern.com

Rooms from $99.99.

Lexington Marco LaGuardia Hotel

137-07 Northern Blvd., 718-445-3300

http://www.marcolaguardiahotel.com

Rooms from $109.

WHERE TO EAT

Flushing Mall Food Court

133-31 39th Ave.

A serious assortment of vendors. Noodles and snacks are typically in the $4-$7 range.

Dong Yi Feng

135-29 37th Ave., 718-886-8233

Dim sum in the $3-$5 range. Main dishes $9-$21.

Chao Zhou Restaurant

40-52 Main St., 718-353-7683

Breakfast specials from $3.25, noodle soups from $4.75 and lunch specials from $5. Main dishes from about $9.

Sago Tea Cafe

39-02 Main St., 718-353-2899

Tea drinks from $3.25. Snacks and sandwiches mostly in the $4 range.

WHAT TO DO

Queens Museum of Art

NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-592-9700

http://www.queensmuseum.org

Features both contemporary art exhibits and an amazing scale model of New York City. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Suggested donation $5.

New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St., 718-699-0005

http://www.nysci.org

Small museum with an outdoor rocket display. Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $11, children $8.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

718-760-6565

http://www.nycgovparks.org

The site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs and home of the USTA National Tennis Center, the U.S. Open and the fully accessible Playground for All Children.

INFORMATION

http://www.discoverqueens.info

http://www.nycgo.com

-- B.Y.


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