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Queens tourist center to close due to lack of tourists

A lonely tourist center in Queens is reportedly closing its red train car doors for good.

The Redbird Tourist Information Center has received a disappointing lack of interest since it opened in inside of a retired 1950s-era Redbird train in front of the Queens Borough Hall in 2008. In fact, according to a report by the New York Post, the center has had a total of zero outside patrons during its nearly eight-year run. The patrons it has managed to achieve have mostly been Queens residents on jury duty.

Clearly, tourists have not been very enthusiastic about exploring what Queens has to offer. While the closing of the tourist center may give the impression that Queens has cobwebs building up, the borough is in fact all too alive and thriving, with plenty of attractions to rival its sister, the tourist-whale that has become Manhattan.

We've compiled a list of just of few of the things that tourists are missing in the borough that no one ever visits. This is how hipsters are made.

Smorgasburg Flea Food Market

One of the newest additions to the Queens
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One of the newest additions to the Queens Food-Flea scene (opening Saturday, July 11), Smorgasburg, which originated in Brooklyn, looks to provide the Queens borough with another venue to experience a diverse selection of grub.

Find out more at smorgasburg.com

Museum of the Moving Image

Celebrate the rich history of film, television and
Photo Credit: Flickr / DeShaun Craddock

Celebrate the rich history of film, television and digital media at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Founded in 1988, the museum shows the progression of the moving image and has artifacts from the sets of major productions including the original Star Wars Trilogy. There's also a huge collection of video games and hardware for you to geek-out on and discover the behind-the-scene's magic. movingimage.us

Mountain biking in Cunningham Park

Known for its wide paths and multiple levels
Photo Credit: Flickr / N0fX

Known for its wide paths and multiple levels of courses, Cunningham Park's bike trail is a 6.5 mile natural haven for peddle pushers looking for a place to ride free. Located at Grand Central Parkway, Oakland Gardens, NY.

LIC Flea & Food

Every summer weekend one of Long Island City's
Photo Credit: LIC Flea & Food

Every summer weekend one of Long Island City's biggest flea markets moves outdoors. Located at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street in Long Island City, Queens, the market features diverse vendors with everything from food to antiques to jewelry to furniture to you name it.

For more information licflea.com

SriPrahPhai Thai Restaurant

What started out as a small bakery eventually
Photo Credit: Flickr / Wally Gobetz

What started out as a small bakery eventually turned into a New York hot-spot for one of the best Thai food in town. Known for its authenticity, the little restaurant that could has spicy dishes may be reason enough for a trip to Queens.

You can check out the full menu here sripraphairestaurant.com

Louis Armstrong Museum

Out of all the artists to grace the
Photo Credit: Flickr / Wally Gobetz

Out of all the artists to grace the city of Queens, Louis Armstrong is among the most beloved. The house where he spent the last 30 years of his life was turned into a museum and opened for the public in 2003. Officially named a National landmark in 1976 and a New York City landmark in 1988, the 105-year-old house is the place to visit for anyone with a sweet spot for Satchmo's tunes (which may be pretty much everyone).

Find out more at louisarmstronghouse.org

Fort Tilden

Designated in 1917 as a U.S. Army instillation
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Designated in 1917 as a U.S. Army instillation to defend the city from sea or air attacks, Fort Tilden was turned over to the National Parks Service in 1974 after it became outdated and obsolete. Today, it's one of the best spots to relax with nature by the water. Go on a guided tour or on a bird watching expedition on the gun site-turned-observation deck. 169 State Road, Breezy Point.

USTA National Tennis Center

Every year tennis-heads flock to the USTA Billie
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Every year tennis-heads flock to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, whether it is to watch the U.S. Open or just to work on their backhand. Founded in 1978, the USTA has 12 indoor courts, 19 outdoor and three stadium courts available to the public to rent and play on. The ideal Queens spot for tennis enthusiasts and amateurs alike.

Click here for more details usta.com

Astoria Park Pool

Whether you're training for the Olympics or just
Photo Credit: Flickr / Young Sok Yun

Whether you're training for the Olympics or just looking for a place to splash on a summer day, the Astoria Park Pool is another Queens treasure to check out. At 330 feet long, it's one of the largest pools in New York City. Completed in 1936, the Astoria Pool has a rich history of U.S. Olympic swimming and diving trials, which includes a 32-foot-high diving platform. Between 19th St. and 23rd Drive.

Queens Museum

Housed in the building created for the 1939
Photo Credit: queensmuseum.org

Housed in the building created for the 1939 New York World's Fair, the Queens Museum offers a multitude of ways to experience history and the arts. See the museum's extensive collection of Tiffany glass as well as the famed "Panorama of the City of New York," an miniature architectural model of every building constructed in all five boroughs before 1992. Follow the museum's website to keep track of the numerous community events held each week including dances, films and live book readings.

Find out more at QueensMuseum.org

The Redbird Tourist Information Center

The historic train car is one of the
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The historic train car is one of the last of its kind in Queens, originally part of a fleet that ran from 1959 and 1964. It earned its name from its bright red coating, which was used as an attempt to keep the cars graffiti-free. It currently stands in front lawn of the Queens Borough Court located at 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens. The fate of the train is unknown, so be sure to see it soon.

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