Flushing

Queens

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Flushing is a large area in northeastern Queens, the last stop on the #7 train. It’s a 25- to 45-minute ride to midtown Manhattan when the train is running either local or express, but when you leave the train in teeming downtown Flushing, the heart of the business district, you feel like you’re in another country – say, China. It’s kinda cool. The corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Flushing has to be one of the busiest intersections on the planet, teeming with businesses, restaurants, bakeries, vehicular and pedestrian traffic, construction, and signs, mostly in Chinese. The Flushing demographic these days skews heavily Asian and South Asian – foodie alert! Some of NYC’s best Chinese, Indian, and Korean restaurants are located in Flushing, and the local Chinatown is the second largest in NYC. A fun part of the Flushing experience is stopping into a restaurant and having a fresh whole roasted duck chopped for takeout. The duck and a big side of rice will only cost you $17. Retail and real estate aside – “whole lotta condos going on,” lately- Flushing is still largely a safe and quiet residential place. There’s the genteel older section along the Northern Boulevard border with parks, squares and a number of landmarked buildings. As you cross Main street going north you’ll encounter sedate, tree-lined residential sections featuring the pre- and post-war six-story affairs Queens is famous for, and an overall sense of calm and quiet that truly pervades most of Flushing in a quasi- suburban or small town sort of way as you continue further north. We need to mention the abundance of massive fruit and vegetable and grocery markets along Main Street, many of which offer a fabulous selection of fresh fish, poultry and meats as well, for a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere in the city. We also need to mention the Queens Botanical Gardens, a tranquil and restorative place that is one of the area’s best-kept secrets, and Flushing Meadow Park, beautifully restored this year for the World’s Fair Centennial. Both places are must visits you’ll return to many times. If you’re in search of a stimulating, affordable lifestyle with numerous gastronomic rewards, spend a day in Flushing. It’s a world apart right here in NYC. By Ken Hamberg

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

7

Buses:

Q12
Q13
Q15
Q15A
Q16
Q17
Q19
Q20A
Q20B
Q25
Q26
Q27
Q28
Q34
Q44
Q48
Q50
Q58
Q65
Q66
QM3
N20
N21

Rental Prices:

$854 ― $2,238

Sales Prices:

$205,000 ― $537,000

Landmarks:

Flushing Town Hall, Queens Historical Society Freedom Mile, Bowne House, Kingsland Homestead, Old Quaker Meeting House, Flushing Meadow- Corona Park, World's Fair, Citi Field, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

School Districts:

25

Police Precincts:

109

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Reviews

  • NRGrant
    January 15th 2015
    authentic, affordable eateries. there's what's referred to as the Chinatown section of Flushing as well as the Korean dominated area of Flushing, with imports such as Paris Baguette and Mischa straight from the R.O.K. Main Street (where you can find the last stop on the 7) is typically very busy, but branching out, the neighborhood has a much quieter, familial feeling, evidenced by the family owned restaurants scattered around the area. Pros: diverse, ethnic neighborhood with goods eats. there's even an archery range further out! cons: far from manhattan and the other boroughs
  • Kelly
    October 7th 2014
    high-ranking schools and low crime rates! Whats not to like? except maybe that long 7 train ride into Manhattan.
  • sam
    June 4th 2014
    The best Chinatown in NYC can be found here. A great area to walk around before or after a Mets game.

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