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Tourists still aren’t visiting Queens

A tourist center is closing in the borough after receiving zero visitors
July 11, 2015 01:00PM

The Queens real estate market may be heating up, but the borough still has a long way to go when it comes to attracting tourists. Case in point: A tourist center in the borough is closing, because no one ever visited it.

Locals and sources told the New York Post that no one ever set foot in the Redbird Tourist Information Center in Queens since it opened in 2008.

“I’ve never seen anyone going in there,” Helen Wolff, 81, who walks past the Kew Gardens center daily told the Post. “I watch people go up the stairs and walk around and come back down.”

The center is located inside a historic 1950s Redbird subway car, which was moved to the site in 2005 and underwent a $500,000 renovation. [NYP]Christopher Cameron