Whatever you need to travel with. Depends upon the season - please check ahead. Everything you need is available locally. Please be cautious with anything of value in New York City. Not much for outdoor activities here. Be careful, this is part of a large city.
Flushing -the largest urban center in the Queens
"Map of down town Flushing civic center"
Flushing is one of the Increasingly prosperous neighborhood in Queens & it is very crowded during most of the day with lots of shopping centers, grocery stores, restaurants & banks there.
Subway #7 line goes to Flushing & there is local & express trains running between Flushing & Manhattan. Many buses also runs to here.
We can say Flushing is an historical town of Queens County. Dutch colonists bought land from the Matinecocks in the 1620s & named this place Vlissingen. English took control in 1664, and renamed it Flushing since they cannot pronounced the Dutch name properly. Now it is Queens' largest commercial district.
Culture watching in Flushing
Well in the 16 and 17 hundreds it was the Dutch English Germans in the 1800dred it was the Irish and Germans, followed by Italians and East Europeans, Catholics and Jews – some 18 million new citizens between 1890 and 1920.
Flushing had a very large Jewish population for the first 50 years of the 1900dreds.
Now one sees elderly Jewish Grandmas shopping at a Korean store in Flushing.
Today the United States is experiencing its Third huge immigration wave. Flushing is a great place to taste this wave in its food and interact in its cultures.
I was driving down a street and saw a dozen Churches with Korean names, one Korean Lutheran Church stuck out – the sign said service in English. I asked my Korean American friend -- what is that was all about? Oh he said that is the younger generation they are more comfortable in English, it is what the grew up with in School. Oh I said yes I guess 100 years ago it would have been a Luthern Church with German sign and a banner that said Service in English
I sometimes wonder if most Americans have a clue how historic the changes playing out in front of our eyes in places like Flushing are all about. What are we who are we Are questions my kids asked of mixed race and that is playing out on every street corner.
How do the new arrivals fit in – and how do the ones whose ancestors came in 1600 and 1700s handle it all – this is the great unknown and very exciting.
I can remember studying in Sshool about Ben Franklin being concerned about close-knit Germans and Daniel Moynihan a senator from NY writing about the clannishness of Irish and other immigrant populations in New York in the 1950s.
But oh the food the sights the smells of a place like Flushing is just so wonderful to a person who love visiting the world. Who good can it get i can drive an hour south of my house and experiance so many cultures.
But it is cooler that than they are not in isolation they are blending cultures so you get to see the mix of it all in front of your eyes.