Between Flushing Bay and Murray Hill lies the diverse residential neighborhood of Flushing. Home to the largest Chinatown in NYC, Flushing has some of the best restaurants in the city, as well as a booming shopping scene and plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy.
Founded in 1645, Flushing was originally named Vlissingen by Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam. However, once the English took over in 1664, Queens County was created and the town was named Flushing in 1683. Flushing was one of the five original towns in Queens, and several buildings from this era still stand today.
During the 1700’s and 1800’s, Flushing’s population grew by quite a lot. It incorporated both the towns of College Point and Whitestone before being incorporated into Queens and Greater New York City in 1898, though the people of Flushing were against this.
During the early 1900’s, Flushing was a major player in the film industry before Hollywood really took off. Because of this, the area became extremely popular with wealthy socialites. However, once Hollywood did take off, people went out west, leaving a lot of affordable housing for the working class and immigrant communities. Today Flushing is a bustling, diverse neighborhood and still a major player in Queens.
Flushing is slowly seeing more luxury high rises being constructed. However, most of the neighborhood remains rather flat. Row houses and mid rise apartment complexes dominate the area, as do the three to six story store fronts on busier streets.
Flushing is a melting pot if there ever were one. One of the most diverse neighborhoods in the most diverse borough, Flushing is full of proud communities that leave their mark with restaurants, shops and cultural institutions.
Flushing is rather peaceful, being a mostly residential neighborhood. While it’s popular with tourists, the nightlife here is rather calm, save for the few rowdy crowds after a Mets game. People are respectful of their neighbors and welcoming to visitors.
Flushing is a safe area full of schools and outdoor spaces. Hospitals are close by and there’s never anything too noisy happening. Nights after a Mets game can get a bit rowdy, but that is mostly over by Citi Field. Overall, Flushing is a great place for families.
The New York City subway system provides access to Flushing via the 7 train.
Biking is very popular here. While there are almost no Citi Bike docking stations, the roads are wide and have miles of bike lanes.
Driving is also very popular in Flushing. Traffic is usually light and there’s a ton of parking.
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Flushing is located within Queens County, New York. This area currently has 2,310,011 residents in 779,304 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently unmarried and have a median age of 38.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 27.27% have graduated from high school, 19.40% have a bachelor's degree, and 11.19% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 59.3% and the median income in this county is $59,758.
At least 56.20% of those living in this county are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 43 minutes.
Geographically, Queens County, New York is a part of the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This county is currently home to 18,812,161 residents, or 6,707,347 households with a median income of $68,319. the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area residents have a median age of 38 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.