Queens Center Mall: Very nice. But at 1pm, get the f- out.
Juniper Valley Park: The most underrated park in Queens.
Pop Diner: Excellent decor, irony lost on 95% of the clientele. Think 1960's airport lounge. And solid food.
La Tavernetta: Better than ever. Freshest fish at an area Italian restaurant by far. Renovation didn't improve size, but tables and lighting is much nicer.
Fair at Atlas Park: Carnies dug up from 1970's. $7 for a 90-second children's ride with an adult and two year old? Ugly setting. Pass on this one and go early to Coney Island.