Flushing is one of the largest, most populated, and best-known neighborhoods in Queens.
It is also the densest eastern Queens neighborhood, and combined with East Flushing the last big stop before suburbia. Flushing borders College Point to the northwest, Murray Hill to the east, and Queensboro Hill to the south. The “downtown” commercial center of Flushing on Main Street (also known as Flushing Chinatown) is largely working class Chinese, while North Flushing is a residential area and home to a number of middle class and upper middle class families that include a significant number of South Koreans.
Flushing has a lot of history. Back in the early 17th century, it was an English/Dutch colony, and “Flushing” is actually just an Anglicization of the old Dutch name. Several landmarks from the Dutch period remain, including the John Bowne House and the Old Quaker Meeting House. In the 18th century, Flushing became the site of several early tree nurseries in the US, and many of the street names in Flushing allude to this little-known fact. By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, NYC was a center of pre-Hollywood American theater, and Flushing was a theatrical hotspot. The RKO Keith’s movie palace, now in disrepair, was one of the most famous theaters in the city.
Since then, Flushing has undergone an incredible transformation. The creation of the 7-line to service commuters cemented Flushing as a commercial center in Queens, and an increasing number of immigrants began calling the neighborhood home. Up until 40 years ago, Flushing was predominantly white and had a large Jewish presence, but from the 1970s onward it became increasingly Chinese. Today, the Flushing Chinatown is one of the largest and fastest-growing in the nation, and Asians make up the overwhelming majority of the population. The Flushing Chinatown is a nexus for Asian-American business and politics in the city, and experts predict that it will soon surpass the Manhattan Chinatown in size and diversity.
But Flushing is still home to a number of Irish, Greek, Russian, and Italian residents, as well as a significant number of Indians, Koreans (especially in North Flushing), Sri Lankans, Malaysians, and Hispanics. It has a very eclectic mix of cultures in a predominantly Chinese community. Famous eats include Nan Xiang Dumpling House, Joe’s Shanghai, Picnic Garden (Korean), Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant, and countless others. Flushing Meadows Park is right next door, while Kissena Park and the Queens Botanical Garden on Main Street are both very accessible. There is no shortage of shopping centers in Flushing Chinatown, either.
Flushing is at once dense, convenient, and urban on Main Street, but quiet, suburban, and safe in other parts of the zip code. A large number of schools, both public, private, and magnet, serve the community (17 in all). Notable schools include Townsend Harris High School, a highly competitive humanities high school, Flushing High School, the oldest public high school in the entire city, and 1.S.237, a magnet school.
Subway transportation is limited to the 7 line. Flushing - Main Street is the last stop for the 7 train in Queens, but Mets - Willets Point, Murray Hill, Broadway, and Auburndale stations are still within the zip code. 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.
|Building Address||# no-fee apts|
|44 15 Colden Street||17|
|137 20 45 Avenue||15|
|44 35 Colden Street||7|
|45 15 Colden Street||7|
|154 Woodward Avenue||1|
|18-89 TROUTMAN STREET||1|