Take a Tour of Queens on the 7 Train
LONG ISLAND CITY — Skip the double-decker tour bus and hop on the 7 train.
A new Queens tour group is looking to give visitors a view of the borough from its best-known subway line.
Queens Lucky Seven Subway Tours is set to launch next week, taking groups for a ride on the 7 train — dubbed in a recent report as the best in the city.
There, a tour guide will tell them about different neighborhoods and landmarks located along the line, from Long Island City to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
"It's interesting to see how much love there is for the 7," said Will Candis, a spokesman for the tour group. "This really is the quintessential path through Queens."
Among the stops are Court Square, Queensboro Plaza, 61st Street and 74th Street. But tourgoers will not leave the subway stations.
Tours will cost $20, not including subway fare, and last 90 minutes, led by 24-year-old Erwyn Diaz, an aspiring filmmaker who grew up in Jamaica.
Groups of up to 10 people will go for a ride along the 7 line, getting off at several stations along the way where they can catch the view from above and hear about the different neighborhoods served by their respective stops.
Sights include the luxury high-rises and myriad hotels of Long Island City, the Queensboro Bridge, the former site of graffiti haven 5Pointz — with photos of the former painted space, and what it will look like after development — and the Sunnyside Railyards.
Visitors will also learn about the different neighborhoods along the 7 line and the many ethnic enclaves that thrive there, and are given a tip sheet of places to eat and things to do, Candis said.
"People are encouraged to use their new-found familiarization with Queens to go back and explore Jackson Heights, little Colombia," he said. "They created the tour to make it a vehicle to promote the entire region."
After the subway-centric portion, the tour will continue on foot from the Mets-Willets Point station, through the World's Fair Ground at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and end with a visit to the Queens Museum to see its popular panorama of New York.
Queens Lucky 7 Subway Tours will launch Thursday, Aug. 14, with tours offered every Wednesday at Thursday starting at 1 p.m. To reserve a spot, call (347) 965-8225.