1. PARKS: Both boroughs have some great parks. In Queens, there is Flushing Meadows Park with the Unisphere, beautiful Forest Park. Thee is Astoria Park with its olympic sized pool and of course Gateway National Seashore, where I go swimming.
In Contrast, the Bronx has some of the largest parks in the City. Van Courtlandt Park and Pelham Bay Park. The Bronx also has the Botanic Gardens as well as the Bronx Zoo which I will toss into the mix. I loved tiny Cement Plant park as well.
While there is quantity and quality in both boroughs, I think the winner here, in a squeaker , is the Bronx. The Bronx has a larger portion of parkland than any of the boroughs. Maybe thats different now that the dump in Staten island is becoming a park.
2. FOOD: Once again, both boroughs have an abundance of great food. Starting with the Bronx this time, we have the Italian restaurants and bakeries of Arthur Ave. The Bronx also has City Island where seafood is king.
But, seriously, Queens has become a mecca for food. This is largely due to its large and varied immigrant population. A more varied Asian food locale in Flushing Main Street than Manhattan's Chinatown. Indian food in Jackson Heights also comes to mind. Empanada and lemon ices in Corona anyone. Bakalva and galectabourekas in Astoria?
This one goes to Queens. Big.
3. SIGHTS and CULTURE: Up in the Bronx, there are indeed reasons for visitors to come. Wave Hill is one of the nicest places in NYC - a beautiful mansion along the Hudson. There is the Zoo and the Botanic Garden. There is the art deco district along the Grand Concourse which also houses the Bronx Museum of Art. There is the Edgar Allen Poe House.
Queens has lots to offer as well. They have the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture park almost across the street from each other. They have the Panorama at the Queens Museum. They have PS 1 where the art of graffiti is on king. Queens also has lots of neat old houses throughout the boro.
I am gonna give this one a draw.
4. TRANSPORTATION: Lets face it - we are talking about ease of getting into Manhattan here. There are subways from either. You can also get the railroad [LIRR or Metro North] from either as well. But, I am going to give the edge to Queens for its #7 train - The International Express. Any train that idiot former baseball player John Rocker ranted about - by name - gets my vote.
As for Biking - I have biked out to both many times. In Queens I love to bike around the Unisphere so I can say that I biked around the world. Or biking to Astoria for pastries. A also love biking to Fort Tilden and Riis Park. In the Bronx, I love to bike to Wave Hill and do hill climbing in Riverdale. Took a trek to City Island several weeks ago. I can't decide - other than to say that biking along Queens Boulevard makes you question whether your life insurance is paid up. This is a draw.
5. SPORTS: Yankees versus Mets is the name of the game. Yankee Stadium v. City field. Here is now contest for the Bronx. But that is not the end of the story. Both have college teams. St. Johns plays out of Queens and has a large following - especially for hoops. Fordham and Manhattan College are in the Bronx and also draw their crowds. And where is the US Open played - Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. As for participatory sports. Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx is a runners mecca. Bike Races head to the Velodrome in Kissena Park.
But - I am a Yankees fan so the Bronx gets my vote.
WHERE WOULD I LIVE - In the Bronx, Fieldstone is one of the most beautiful areas in the City. So is Forest Hills Gardens in Queens. These would be my choice places to live in either boro. The winner. BROOKLYN !
Total Scores: Queens gets points for its Food and Transportation. The Bronx scores for its Parks and Sports. I called it a draw for Culture and Sports. Two each. One tie.
Readers - help to break this deadlock.