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Flushing is one of the neighborhoods in the northern-central part of Queens, New York City borough. The neighborhood is the fourth-largest Central Business District in New York City. Downtown Flushing is a major commercial and retail zone located at Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue intersection. It is the third busiest area found in New York City, behind Times Square and Herald Square.

Flushing was founded as a community located in New Netherlands on October 10, 1645. It was situated along the east bank of Flushing Creek. The town was called Vlissingen after Vlissingen, the Dutch town of Vlissingen. The English assumed control over New Amsterdam in 1664, and when Queens County was created in 1683, The “Town of Flushing” was one of the first five towns in Queens, NYC. It was in 1898 that Flushing got incorporated into The City of New York. The growth began in the first half of the 20th century when the construction began of bridges and public transport. A large immigrant community comprised mostly of Chinese and Koreans who arrived in Flushing at the end of the 20th century.

Asian Communities

In the 1970s, immigrants from Taiwan gained a foothold in Flushing city, where the population comprised mainly non-Hispanic white mixed with a small Japanese community. In addition, a significant South Korean population is also named Flushing home. It is believed that the Taiwanese residents were the first wave of Chinese immigrants who were fluent in Mandarin (Taiwanese, also referred to as) instead of Cantonese to move into New York City. A large portion of Taiwanese migrants was Hokkien and was related to the Fujian Province in China, resulting in a huge population of Fuzhounese Americans. H&A Queens Plumbing

Over time, many new native Chinese immigrants from various provinces and regions of China began arriving in New York City and settled in Flushing by word-of-mouth. The immigrants of this wave were fluent in Mandarin and other dialects of the provinces/regions. The first decade of the 1990s and the 2000s saw the arrival of Fuzhounese Americans and Wenzhounese immigrants who predominantly spoke Mandarin and moved to Flushing and Elmhurst.  Flushing’s Chinese population was diversified over the next several decades as residents from different provinces came to the city.


Flushing has a variety of recognized New York City Landmarks, some of which are included in the National Register of Historic Places. Many city landmarks are situated within the Queens Historical Society’s Freedom Mile. Flushing Town Hall on Northern Boulevard is the home of The Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, an affiliated entity with the Smithsonian Institution. It houses the Flushing Town Hall, a concert hall, and a cultural center. Other important landmarks are The Bowne House, Kingsland Homestead and The Weeping Beech, Old Quaker Meeting House, Flushing High School, St. George’s Church, and The Lewis H. Latimer House as the interior of RKO Keith’s former film theater. There was a time when the National Guard formerly used the Flushing Armory on Northern Boulevard.

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