Discounts will help you discover Queens’ ‘Real Culture/Authentic Flavor’


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THE COURIER/Photo by Phil Hertling
THE COURIER/Photo by Phil Hertling

Now you can experience the “Real Culture/Authentic Flavor” of Queens.

Local officials, along with the Queens Tourism Council, launched the first ever “Real Culture/Authentic Flavor” summer promotion program, designed to highlight Queens activities and attractions for locals and tourists.

“There’s a lot to do here in America’s most diverse county,” said Borough President Helen Marshall. “This program will highlight dozens of events and attractions here in Queens, and tell visitors how to get discounts.”

Through a grant from the NYC & Company Foundation, the Tourism Council is providing special offers to various venues in Queens through brochures, websites and even Facebook. The main focus is bringing people into the restaurants and entertainment centers in the borough such as Citi Field, the US Open and Resorts World Casino New York City.

“It’ll be difficult deciding where to go, what to eat, and which bargains to take advantage of,” said Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “Real culture, authentic flavor? It’s in Queens.”

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, a lifelong resident of Queens, strongly believes in what the borough has to offer.

“[Queens] is the heart and soul of culture and the arts,” he said. “Queens is the greatest borough in New York City.”

The Queens Tourism Council and its partners hope to attract more tourists and excite more locals over the next several months.

According to Assemblymember Grace Meng, the program will make it much easier for parents in the borough.

“As a mom of two young kids, if you’re hanging out in Queens you can get home really quickly,” she said. “So that’s definitely a perk.”

“Real Culture/Authentic Flavor” is set to run through November 30. For more information, visit www.discoverqueens.info; and on Facebook:

Discover Queens or Queens, New York.