Flushing Neighborhood Guide
Also known as China-Korea Town, Flushing is the largest urban center and the busiest shopping area in Queens New York! There is so much to see and do here.
Before the 1970s this part of Queens was mostly Greek and Italian. But, after the economic agitation of 1970, more and more wealthy Chinese and Koreans began moving here. Now, It's considered the largest China-Korea Town in New York City!
Besides being the largest China-Korea Town of New york city, this part of Queens is also special for many other things.
The Downtown area, where Roosevelt Avenue meets Main Street, is the busiest place in Queens. And, it is the third busiest intersection in New York City behind only Times Square and Herald Square.
Cultural and ethnic diversity - As you walk through downtown you will see people from many different nationalities... In recent years, along with the more dominant wealthy Chinese and Koreans--Pakistanis, Indians, Sikhs, Afghans, and people from Central and South America have joined longtime residents of eastern European descent and a small African-American community that has called Flushing home for generations.
Shopping - Find everything from Macy's to Chinese Herbalists... next to each other! The heart of the shopping epicenter begins at Roosevelt Avenue and from there stretches North and South. As you wonder around here you will see everything from bookshops and stationary to toys and more
to music and household goods.
Food - Hungry? Eats from around many parts of Asia are at your fingertips... Flushing is the “Mecca of Asian dining!” Bubble tea cafes and Chinese bakeries are very popular among the young and the restless. Also, don't forget to checkout the
endless Chinese, Korean and Indian food shopping specialty shops and markets... Prices are unbelievably low!
#7 Train - “The National Millennium Trail” this Subway line is also called “The International Express.” It will take you on a world tour. Get introduced to a different culture at every stop! A great journey into the American experience of immigration, past and present.
Flushing Library - A beautifully designed structure by Polshek Partnership Architects won the AIA (American Institute of Architects) 2001 National Honor Award for Architecture and the building was included in the book entitled New Library Buildings of the World. Located at Kissena Boulevard and Main Street it is the busiest branch of the highest circulation system in the country!
Downtown is only one of the many fun filled, exciting places in Flushing. When you are here don't forget to check out all the other fantastic stuff, especially...
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
As you walk around this massive park, Queens largest, you will not believe that once it was a dumping ground labeled a “valley of ashes” by F. Scott Fitzgerald in “The Great Gatsby.” This 1,255-acre park houses 5 of Queens New York's top attractions and more!
- Citi Field - Home of the New York Mets. The Mets are one of New York's Major League Baseball Teams... My favorite! This stadium replaced the old one, Shea Stadium, on April 13, 2009.
- The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) - Its centerpiece, Arthur Ashe Stadium, has hosted the US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament for more than 30 years. The NTC is open to the public year round and offers 3 stadiums... 22 outdoor and 9 indoor courts!
- The New York Hall of Science - The only hands-on science and technology center in New York City...It holds more than 450 exhibits.
- Unisphere - Dedicated to “Peace Through Understanding,” this beautiful stainless steel globe is the largest in the world and a centerpiece for this park. Being Queens New York's most recognizable symbol, Unisphere is very popular for taking a stroll, meeting friends, and a hang-out for teenage skaters. It is visible to drivers on the Long Island
Expressway (LIE), The Grand Central Parkway (GCP), the Van Wyck Expressway and to airline passengers arriving and departing from LaGuardia and JFK International.
- Queens Museum of Art - Right next to the Unisphere, this museum displays a series of fine arts exhibitions, performance, films and an extensive educational program. When you are here don't miss the Panorama of New York City... The world's largest architectural scale model of an urban area. If built before 1992, you can actually view your house or building in this Panorama. You
won't believe it unless you see it!
- And much, much more - Besides the top 5 attractions of Queens, there is a lot more stuff here for you to enjoy. Bring your kids to The Queens Zoo near the Corona side of the park. It is a small wildlife center devoted to North and South American animals... Sorry, no crocodiles, elephants or giraffes here. Right around the corner from the Queens Zoo is the country's first completely accessible playground, the Playground for All Children. If you have extra time, check out the Queens Theatre in the Park and the Queens Botanical Garden. Also, The park hosts several annual festivals and concerts. After all this, there is still more... mini golf near Queens Botanical garden,
horseback riding in Dixie Dew Stables, and Queens Crossing Art Gallery! Last but not least, if you love being active, come and visit the Park's Pool and Rink.
Other Things You Want to Know...
Flushing is the largest neighborhood in Queens New York. Thinking of moving here? Great! Along with dense food-rich downtown, it also offers a mini-suburbia with high-ranking schools and low crime rates.
History - This part of Queens New York has played a very significant role in the American history. Because of the Flushing Remonstrance, which inspired the first amendment of the United States Constitution, we have the right to practice our religion in North America.
Landmarks, Museums and Cultural Institutions - Flushing Town Hall, Bowne House, Kingsland Homestead, Old Quaker Meeting House, Flushing High School, St. Goerge's Church, Lewis H. Latimer House, Flushing Armory, Fitzgerald-Ginsberg Mansion, Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and
Flushing Real Estate and Apartments - In downtown, there are multiple high and mid rise apartment buildings with reasonable rents. Northern part, near Kissena Park, is saturated with many single family homes worth over a million dollar!
Kissena Park - The most romantic park in New York City. This park is great for both relaxing and participating in fun outdoor activities. It has a beautiful lake that is surrounded by weeping willows.
Transportation - Close to 200,000 people, it is no surprise the downtown section offers a transportation hub. Therefore, allowing its residents to have an easy access to rest of New York City.
Crime and Safety - This neighborhood is one of Queens safest. But, the industrial zone on both sides of Flushing river are not safe for walking alone at night. Also, prostitution is a problem in the downtown area.
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