"I have always argued that we have the best hotels, restaurants, cultural organizations, parks, sporting events, and residents in the world and that our prices are very competitive for tourists," Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, said in a statement. "It's simply wonderful that Lonely Planet agrees, and our hospitality industry is waiting with open arms for all visitors. Come, you'll like it."
But not everyone in New York is so sure that Queens deserved the top spot.
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo Scissura said he thought the rankings were funny, although he was happy for Queens.
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"It was nice to see that our next door neighbor got a little love, but I think we all know there is still no place like Brooklyn," he told CNBC, adding, "We're still the coolest, hottest place in the world."
Lonely Planet tapped Brooklyn for the top spot on its 2007 list.
Scissura emphasized his belief that Brooklyn outpaced Queens on nearly every metric cited by Lonely Planet—culinary and visual arts included—but that the most obvious category is beer, as his borough's microbreweries "led the way for them to open in Queens." He also lauded the diversity of food options that have resulted from a wide array of communities calling Brooklyn home.