150 Reasons to Love St. John’s: The City That Never Sleeps

Empire State Building

New York, NY. The Big Apple. Gotham. You can call it what you want—but we call it home. With two campuses in this great city—in Queens and Manhattan—St. John’s University students have every opportunity to explore and enjoy the greatest city in the world. Here are just a few favorites.

Reason 67

With more than eight million residents, New York is a big city, yet our Queens campus has a small-town, residential feel. 

Reason 68

Food for thought. Queens is home to a dizzying array of restaurants. A stone’s throw from campus is Acquista Trattoria, one of our favorite Italian restaurants.

Reason 69

Sweet success. Looking for a sugary treat? Head over to Max & Mina’s ice cream shop, where you can give Fruity Pebbles ice cream or a cotton candy shake a try.

Reason 70

Tennis, anyone? The United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open tennis tournament, is located in nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Reason 71

Let’s go, Mets! Just up the block from the tennis center is Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. Several St. John’s baseball alumni have played for the orange and blue, including John Franco, Frank Viola, and Joe Panik.

Reason 72

Color your world. The Welling Court Mural Project is worth the short trip from campus to Astoria. Featuring more than 140 murals from international artists, this colorful installation was launched in 2010.

Staten Island Ferry

Two miles to the north of the Staten Island campus is St. George Ferry Terminal, where you can ride the Staten Island Ferry to lower Manhattan for free.

Reason 76

The world’s most famous arena. St. John’s Men’s Basketball team splits its home games between Carnesecca Arena and Madison Square Garden, giving the team an unparalleled home court advantage. 

Overhead view of St. John's Basketball court at MSG

Reason 77

Go green! Each year, students, faculty, and other members of the St. John’s family march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Don’t miss this opportunity to walk right down the middle of Fifth Avenue and be cheered by thousands of parade-goers.

Reason 78

Make the connection. More than 80 percent of St. John’s alumni live in the New York metropolitan area—which translates into valuable connections for careers and internships.



As of August 2022, the University is no longer admitting students to the Staten Island campus due to a proposed substantive change pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For more information, please visit our Staten Island Teach-Out page.