Flushing's Chinatown has grown to be the largest, wealthiest Chinatown in New York City. It's also a Korean center, and home to Indians, Italians, Afghans, Pakistanis, and many others.
Flushing Chinatown Street
In the photo, note the shop signs in English, Chinese, and Korean on a typical downtown Flushing street.
Multi-Family Homes and Apartment Buildings in Flushing, Queens
Flushing housing is mostly multi-family homes and apartment buildings. This photo shows both types back-to-back on this street just south of the downtown.
Apartment Towers in Flushing, Queens
Flushing has several large apartment towers at the southern end of downtown, off Main Street. With plans for new buildings in the downtown and the redevelopment of Willets Point, there are bound to be more towers, especially luxury buildings, joining these in the near future.
Unlike these, most apartment buildings in Flushing are four to six stories tall.
Kissena Park in Flushing
Kissena Park is a major park, but the vibe says undiscovered neighborhood spot. Since a 2004 cleanup of Kissena Lake, it has been lovelier than ever. Walking paths surround the lake, branching off under shady trees toward basketball, bocce, and tennis courts. Along Booth Memorial Avenue there are baseball and soccer fields and a cricket pitch. Kissena Park even has a golf course and the only Velodrome in New York City.
Kissena Park Boundaries:
Kissena Park's boundaries are Rose and Oak Avenues on the north, Booth Memorial Avenue on the south, Kissena Boulevard on the west, and Fresh Meadows Lane on the east. The closest entrance for Kissena Lake is Oak Avenue and 164th Street. The Velodrome is at Booth Memorial and Parsons Boulevard. The golf course is from 164th Street to Fresh Meadows Lane. Kissena Park Corridor links Kissena Park westward to Queens Botanical Garden and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Getting to Kissena Park:
Subway/Train: The 7 subway and LIRR stop in downtown Flushing, but it's a hike down Kissena Boulevard to the park (take a bus).
Buses: Q65 runs down 164th Street. Or take Q17, 25, or 34 to Kissena Boulevard and walk east.
Driving: The LIE to Utopia Parkway (north) is easy enough, especially for golf course access. Parking is tough. There's a lot near the Velodrome at Booth Memorial and Parsons. Or try street parking. Best bet is 164th Street. The golf course has its own lot on Booth Memorial.
Queens Botanical Garden
The Queens Botanical Garden is an oasis, secluded just blocks from the hurly-burly of Flushing Main Street, and its 39 beautiful acres are free to visitors.
Its grounds and gazebo are available for wedding rentals and wedding photos. Call for info at 718-886-3800.
- Queens Botanical Garden: 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY, 11355, 718-886-3800
- Hours: Closed Mondays except for holidays
- Summer Hours (April - October):
- Tuesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Fall and Winter Hours (November - March):
- Tuesday - Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Admission: Free
- Parking: Lot on Dahlia Avenue or parking on neighborhood side streets.
- Subway: The 7 or LIRR to Main Street Flushing and walk south on Main.
- Bus: Q44
- Website: Queens Botanical Garden
- Eating: After your visit, get a bite to eat in Flushing Chinatown.
Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall isn't a town hall, but the premier venue for music and arts in northern Queens. It's housed in a beautiful Victorian-era building, a world away and just a couple blocks away from the constant flux of Main Street.
Queens College is one of the most prominent and highly-regarded CUNY (City University of New York) institutions. Opened in 1937, Queens College serves almost 17,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Its 77-acre campus is south of the LIE, between Kissena Boulevard (main entrance) and Main Street. It's a "jewel of the CUNY" system and a jewel of Flushing.
Pictured is Kiely Hall, the main administrative building.
- Queens College - website
- 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY, 11367