Neighborhood: Flushing, Queens
Population: Approximately 200,000
Adjacent Neighborhoods: Manhattan, Long Island (Nassau County)
Public Transit: 7 (Main St.), LIRR (Main Street), (21) MTA bus routes including the QM2 express bus to Manhattan
What’s Here?: Flushing has a vibrant downtown area and is the busiest shopping district in Queens. Its many ethnic groceries and restaurants make it a prime culinary destination for all to enjoy. Flushing’s Chinatown is considered the second largest Chinatown outside of Asia, and many believe it has already surpassed the original Manhattan Chinatown in size and population. Flushing is home to the Queens Botanical Gardens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, host of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, Citi Field, home of the New York Mets and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Flat or Tall?: A combination of older high-rise buildings and mid-rise and smaller buildings.
History: Founded by the Dutch in 1645, Flushing is considered by many to be the birthplace of religious freedom in North America. Today, there are over 200 houses of worship in Flushing, including the Old Quaker Meeting House, the oldest house of worship in New York State. Beginning in the 1980′s, a wave of immigration transformed Flushing into one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Queens. Immigrants in the greater Flushing area come from over 70 different countries, with the largest share from Mainland China and Korea.
Activities: Flushing is a mecca of Asian dining, vibrant shopping and non-stop fun. Meet the Mets, Meet the Mets, C’mon out and greet the Mets at their beautiful Citi Field home. Skate at the ice rink in Flushing Meadows Corona Park or just be a spectator at Tennis’ annual US Open.
Check it out: Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s 1,255 acres of fun, featuring the New York Hall of Science and the Queens Museum of Art. Spend a fun day at The Queens Zoo or stop by the Queens Botanical Garden and smell the roses.