If you thought Queens was only known for it's beer gardens and café's, think again.
There are varieties of hidden gems that will spark your interest and won't hurt your wallet. When you go, be sure to cross the Pulaski Bridge, hop on the 7 or N train, and see what all the hype is about. Here are some on going deals that are great for students on a budget:
The Museum of the Moving Image is located at the border of Long Island City and Astoria. If you want to get out of paying the $12 admission fee, visit on "Free Admission Fridays" between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.Their collections include three floors that display the history of television and film, including recent movies and shows. This museum is full of interactive exhibits, screenings of different movies every month and interesting movie memorabilia, including a prosthetic face from the movie "Black Swan". 36-01 35th Ave Long Island City
What could be better than seeing famous comedians like Colin Quinn and Jerry Seinfeld doing standup at The Creek and The Cave Comedy Club? Sometimes admission is free and the beers are as low $3. Even though it is attached to a Mexican restaurant, The Creek and The Cave has great food and drink specials. There is free standup and plays each day of the week. Be sure to check out their website, www.creeklic.com, for an online calendar for a schedule of performances. 10-93 Jackson Ave Long Island City
If you are in search of a trendy brunch spot on the weekends, MexiBBQ is a place you must go. This restaurant has barbequed food with a Mexican twist. When you visit, you read off of a brunch menu that includes everything from Jalapeno Goat Cheese cornbread to Frosted Flakes French Toast. You can sit at the bar or near the fireplace, but don't forget that once you place your order, you can ask for unlimited drinks only pay $11. 37-11 30th Avenue Astoria
CANZaciti Roadhouse is a great spot to visit if you're a sports lover. Whether you are into football, basketball or UFC fights, you won't miss any of the action with over 50 strategically placed flat screens. Every day of the week there are different appetizer and drink specials, such as all you can eat wings or $8 pitchers. 40-11 30th Ave Astoria
Is it too cold to be outside? Get a group of friends together and visit the only indoor rooftop ice skating rink in Queens. City Ice Pavilion has great rates and is rarely crowded with tourists, like all of the other ice skating rinks in the city. If you visit Monday through Friday, admission and skate rentals are only $10. Before you go, make sure you check their public skating hours schedule on their website, www.cityicepavilion.com. 47-32 32nd Place Long Island City