Travel Guide

Queens, New York City 



Flushing is a neighborhood in Queens that is centrally located in the borough, occupying an area of 2.5 sq. miles (6.5 sq. km) with around 180,000 people residing here. The neighborhood is culturally diverse with East Asians (predominantly Chinese and Koreans) accounting for nearly half of the residents – the neighborhood is home to one of the largest Asian communities in Queens. Other ethnic groups residing here include Italians, Greeks, Jewish, Hispanics, African Americans, Indians, and Pakistanis.

Getting to Flushing from Manhattan is a breeze, the Line No. 7 subway train stops at Grand Central TerminalFifth Avenue, and Times Square before continuing its journey to the neighborhood. Coming out of the subway station, you will discover Flushing is primarily a residential neighborhood occupied by small businesses in the area. It is a lively neighborhood and residents seem friendlier yet laid back compared to their neighboring cousins in Manhattan.

Historical Buildings
Flushing has several historical buildings that are worth for a short visit. The Bowne House, at Bowne Street, dates back to the mid-17th century and believed to be oldest house in Queens. The Flushing Town Hall, at Northern Boulevard, dates back to the time of the Civil War, and today functions as a gallery and venue for many performances. The St. George’s Episcopal Church, at Main Street, is a prominent building in this neighborhood dating back to 1854.

Flushing Town Hall in Queens, New York City

Flushing Town Hall by Jim Henderson

The heart of Flushing’s Chinatown is around Roosevelt Avenue, Union Street, and Main Street. The area was once predominantly Italian, until the 1970s when Asian immigrants began to settle in the area. Today Flushing is home for many East Asians immigrants mainly Chinese followed Koreans. Thus, the area has a very East Asian character and flavor, occupied by manly Asian-owned businesses including shops, grocery stores, supermarkets, restaurants, and takeaways.

Chinatown in Queens, New York City

Chinese signboards in Chinatown by larryrrr


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