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Mar 1, 2011 08:02 AM

Good cafes for evening studying in Flushing/Bayside area?

Hi all, we recently moved to Bayside and would really like to find a cafe that is open relatively late (until 10 or 11 PM) that offers a nice place to study. Paris Baguette on Main St, Flushing closes at 9 PM, and is usually really crowded. Any advice would be much appreciated!

Paris Baguette
136-20 38th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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  1. There are a number of “Barnes and Nobles” in the Queens area that may have accompanying “Starbucks” cafes.

    At this website ( http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.c... ) is a listing of “Barnes and Nobles” stores.

    Unfortunately, the closest “Barnes and Nobles” store in the Bay Terrace shopping Mall is only open until 9:00 PM, but the Fresh Meadows, Manhasset, and Forest Hills stores are within about 5 miles of Bayside and are all open until 10:00 PM or later on most days. The Forest Hills store is open the latest, closing at 11:00 PM on weekdays and 12:00 Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and closing on Sundays at 10:00 PM. Since all of the above mentioned “Barnes and Nobles” are listed to have complimentary WiFi access, the assumption is that there is an accompanying “Starbucks” café for people to linger a lengthy period with their Laptop, while drinking a “Caffe Latte.”

    However, parking is particularly difficult during the day and early evenings in Forest Hills near the “Barnes and Nobles” store, but if you only show up late in the evening, the parking may possibly not be an issue.

    But during the times (day and early evenings) that we have been at the Forest Hills store, all of the tables at the accompanying “Starbucks” are taken and you may have to practice considerable guerilla warfare tactics to obtain an open table, but again it may be easier to obtain a table in the late evening.

    There is also a “Paris Baguette” on Northern Blvd at 156th Street in the H-Mart shopping mall. You might want to check if they stay open late.

    Paris Baguette
    156-24 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

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    1. re: lwong

      Thanks a lot, lwong, for your reply. Unfortunately, the Paris Baguette on 156th St also closes at 9 PM, and the barnes & noble stores that you mentioned are a bit far, I think. Given the demographics of the area, I'm pretty surprised that there isn't a more vibrant cafe culture in Flushing. I never have a problem finding a late-night cafe in China or Korea.

      1. re: J3A3S3

        There might be fewer cafes because Flushing and Bayside are more family oriented neighborhoods. There won't be a lot of college graduates and young adults.

        1. re: J3A3S3

          Queens is the land of cars, as most services in this northeast corner of Queens are far and between, where walking and buses are just not viable transportation solutions if one wants to get anywhere quick. Our experience is that any services we could drive to in Queens in less than 30 minutes would be considered close.

          The Fresh Meadows location of “Barnes and Nobles” is less than 4 miles from Bayside and by car it is a fairly straight shot from Bayside via the Clearview Expressway or the Cross Island Parkway and the LIE, and another mile or so on local streets, hence it shouldn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes tops during the evenings in light traffic.

          We assume that you own a car, otherwise easy and fast access to varied and diverse services in Queens is going to be difficult.

          Most of the housing in the northeast corner of Queens are one and two family residential housing, and the demographics would be mostly families with children, whereas late night cafes usually requires a more younger and single crowd which was indicated already by the poster “BallMouse” in an earlier response. You would have to move to Manhattan to find the sort of late night cafes that you are used to in China and Korea. Flushing downtown is primarily Asian and we are told that the younger Asian crowd that frequents the Flushing downtown area are in the areas north of Northern Blvd where there are many Karaoke clubs and bars, pool halls, and other late night entertainments, but we would assume that these venues would not satisfy your needs for a “nice place to study.”

      2. why don't you go to Panera in Little Neck, aren't they open till 11pm?

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          1. re: foodie1017

            oh yea..I always forget there's one there....