Flushing, beyond the well-known Main Street, is truly a wonder
to explore. Take an afternoon to walk around the neighborhood,
making stops in Murray Hill to try an array of authentic Korean
BBQ dishes at Hahm Ji Bach or the Hindu Temple Society of
North America, whose Temple Canteen is a well-kept secret for
delicious dosas, visited by Anthony Bourdain himself!
Flushing has a rich history of multicultural diversity. As the
birthplace of religious freedom, it is home to many houses of
worship representing almost every faith. Right when emerging
from the Main Street 7 Train station, marvel at the iconic St.
George’s Episcopal Church with more than 300 years of history.
A stone’s throw away is the Quaker Meeting House – the oldest
house of worship in New York City and a National Historic
Landmark. Break the other direction and explore the magnificent
Free Synagogue of Flushing with its beautiful dome and stained
History buffs will be pleased to discover seven historic
houses, many of which are within walking distance from
one another. Stop by the Bowne House, Queens Historical
Society, and the Voelker Orth Museum, which has a
beautiful Victorian garden and bird sanctuary. Another
beloved landmark, the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum,
celebrates the legacy of an African-American inventor
whose innovations in designing carbon filaments ushered
in the age of electric light. Come December, celebrate the
festive season with an annual holiday historic house tour
where each historic house offers tours, activities, crafts,
seasonal displays, and decorations.
Visitors also come from around the region to shop for unique
products and services. Roosevelt Avenue is well-known for
beauty shops lining the streets. Flushing is a one-of-a-kind
destination that brings people from all walks of life together to
create a truly international vibe.
For more recommendations and hidden gems, check out the
newly launched destination website: www.flushingfantastic.nyc.
Editor’s note: The neighborhood’s fantastic restaurants, hotels,
performance arts venues, and historic houses are in other
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