It is known for its large Chinese community, but isn’t as exclusively Chinese as “the second Chinatown” of NYC. While East Flushing is still 50% Asian, it retains a visual diversity long gone from downtown Flushing. To this day it has a considerable Irish, Greek, Russian, and Italian presence, as well as a large Hispanic population.
East Flushing has a stretch of rowhouses and semi-detached houses on 164th to 166th Streets, and is considered a residential section of Flushing. One of the landmarks is the Hindu Temple Society of North America, the oldest Hindu temple in the US. The northeastern part of Flushing (near Bayside) also has a number of Italian and Greek bakeries, groceries, and restaurants, while many Pakistanis, Afghans, and Bangladeshi markets are concentrated south of Franklin Ave. in a section known as “Little India.” Popular restaurants include Nan Xiang Dumpling House, Joe’s Shanghai, Asian Jewels Seafood, and White Bear, all Chinese establishments shared with downtown Flushing.
Residents of East Flushing enjoy the same commodities and conveniences of Greater Flushing, which include a large number of schools both public and private that serve the community (17 in all). Notable schools include nearby Townsend Harris High School, a highly competitive humanities high school, Flushing High School, the oldest public high school in the entire city, and I.S.237, a magnet school.
Subway transportation is limited to the 7 line. Flushing - Main Street is the last stop for the 7 train, but Mets - Willets Point, Murray Hill, Broadway, and Auburndale stations are still within the Flushing zip code, and within walking or driving distance for East Flushing residents. The LIRR also stops at Flushing - Main Street. Buses that run through Flushing include the The Q12, Q13, Q15, Q16, Q19, Q20 A/B, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44, Q65, and Q66. The major highways are the Van Wyck Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, and the Long Island Expressway.
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