Flushing

Little did the Quakers know when they demanded freedom of religion in the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657, that the neighborhood would one day become a case study in coexisting diversity. The Dutch West India Company first settled Flushing in the mid-seventeenth century, naming it after Vlissigen, the company’s major port in the Netherlands. When the English took over the area in 1664, Flushing became a separate town. Incidentally, Flushing was actually on the side of the British during the American Revolution. During the nineteenth century, Flushing’s nearness to Manhattan helped it thrive, and by 1898, it had become part of a then-new borough of New York City, namely Queens.
Today, Flushing has the largest Chinatown in New York City, in addition to scores of immigrants from all over the globe. The organizers of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs that were held in Flushing couldn't have picked a better location in NYC for a celebration of the world's nationalities. Today, Flushing is home to a wide range of ethnic groups including African Americans, Hispanics, Europeans, Asians, and more.

More so than any other neighborhood in the city, Flushing is a microcosm of New York as a whole and the characteristics and concerns of the area mirror that of the larger city. Much like skyscraper Manhattan vs. the outer boroughs, Flushing's downtown has a high-rise center with residential edges. Foreign investors, especially from Asia, are buying up property just like they are in Manhattan. Flushing has its own sprawling parks, including gigantic Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, where the lakes and walkways are given an off-kilter touch by space-age sculptural art.

Flushing is like an archaeological dig site with multiple levels of history exposed at once; colonial farmhouses, 1960s visions of the future, and recent ideas about urban development are all fighting for their place. Religious and ethnic diversity abounds and the combination of booming investment and immigration has led to a proliferation of both specialty boutiques and chain stores. The only missing element in Flushing is adequate subway access. The 7 train makes a scant two stops on the western side of the neighborhood, but the slack is picked up by the Long Island Rail Road and the metro bus system.

In the realm of real estate, Flushing has a healthy share of historical houses from the colonial era and beyond - as long as some landmarking regulations kick in to save what's left. For new development, multi-use is the key word in Flushing, where developers are hailed/hated and don't appear to be slowing down for any community group or anti-development blog. Co-ops and luxury condos with retail space on the ground floor seem to be the most common model, but residents are calling for inclusion of more affordable housing and community resources in new buildings.

Some of Flushing’s most famous landmarks include the John Bowne House, the Old Quaker Meeting House, the 1785 Kingsland Homestead, which is the current site of the Queens Historical Society, Flushing Town Hall, which is the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts’ main headquarters and concert hall, St. George’s Church, the 12-story 1964 New York World’s Fair stainless steel globe,the Fitzgerald-Ginsberg Mansion, the Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, Victorian Garden, the Queens Museum of Art, which houses a scale model of New York City, the most expansive architectural model to ever be built, the Queens Zoo, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Botanical Garden, and Queens Theatre in the Park. Area parks include Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Kissena Park, Bowne Park, and Flushing Fields.
Flushing is also home to CitiField, where the Mets play, as well as where Shea Stadium used to be located.
Flushing’s public high schools are Townsend Harris High School, John Bowne High School, The Flushing International High School, Rober tf. Kennedy Community High School, and Flushing High School, New York City’s oldest public high school. Flushing is also the location of two institutes of higher learning, such as Queens College and The City University of New York School of Law.
Transportation in the area includes the 7 subway line, 5 Long Island Rail Road stations, many bus routes, including Q12, Q13, Q14, Q15, Q16, Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44, Q48, Q65, [[Q66 (New York City bus)|Q66], and QBx1, and for those traveling via car, the Van Wyck Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, Whitestone Expressway, and Long Island Expressway.

For more information:

http://www.bigapplegreeter.org/PDF/QN_Flushing_Dec04.pdf
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/07/29/dining/20080730_FLUSHING_INTERACTIVE.html
http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-08-15/nyc-life/close-up-on-flushing-queens/

Downtown Flushing Condominium Package Sale$19,500,000
One Of The Largest Furnished With Branded Furniture 1 Bedroom Condo Unit At Sky View Parc Net 851 Sq Ft, Gross 1023 Sq Ft.$829,888
Southern Exposure 9' Ceiling Height Wood Floors Range Hood Vented Outside Gourmet Kitchen Stainless Steel Appliances Live In Resident Manager BBQ, Dog Run Running Track 4 Acre Planted Roof Park ...$739,000
Sale may be subject to term conditions of an offering plan.$525,000
R4A Zone. Room to expand and convert to legal 2 family Verify with Architect$648,888
Move in condition, High quality wood floor, Large back yard with deck, finished basement with laundry room.$788,000
GREAT LOCATION, SOLID BRICK HOUSE 4 BEDROOM 2.$775,000
38 ave House Flushing queens$675,000
Spacious 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Located In The Beautiful Cryder House On The East River Between The Throggs Neck Whitestone Bridges, Unit Has Wood Floors Throughout, Renovated Kitchen, Huge Living ...$549,000
Legal 2 Family Colonial Located In Flushing.$1,188,888
Charming Semi Detached Colonial on West side of Main street.$950,000
Totally renovated, inside and out.$898,000
The ideal income producing, Two family home with Great Interior Living space !$1,548,000
Flushing Downtown Best Deal in Barbizon Coop !$598,000
Five Story Corner Mixed Use Property On High Traffic Northern Blvd In Flushing.$4,280,000
Attached Brick One Family In Flushing, Half Block To Main St.$780,000
Rarely opportunity to own a beautifully renovated colonial in the heart of kew garden hills, close to shops, restaurants, massive transportation, Queens college and major highway.$810,000
Beautiful Oversize Brick And Stone Tudor Located In The Heart Of North Flushing.$1,138,000
Totally Renovated Three Bedroom Two Bathroom Brick Ranch Home Zone R2A In The Most Desirable Convenient To Everything Flushing Area, Cherry Wood Kitchen Cabinets, Granite Countertops, Sliding Door To Private ...$958,000
South Facing Large penthouse open Kitchen And den.$988,000
Unique Amazing 2 Family semi detached on a 31.$1,550,000
Newly Renovated Very Nice And Spacious 2 Bedroom Condo In Downtown Flushing.$750,000
Fully renovated windowed immaculate 3 bedroom penthouse apartment with 2 full sized bathrooms, central cooling and access to the balcony from the living room.$849,000
Well Maintained Town House Kew Garden Hills Neighborhood, Sliding Door To Terrace, Pvt Driveway.$818,000
Location ! Location ! Location !$880,000
Excellent Condition, 4 Minutes To Long Island Train, Near Northern Blvd, Convenient To All.$959,000
2012 Rebuilt Designer Showplace Home With Finest Quality Materials.$1,580,000
Large one bed room with home office study room, similar two bed room, face south.$808,000
Beautiful 1 Bedroom Apartment Located In The Prime Location Of Downtown Flushing.$558,000
Five Story Corner Mixed Use Property On High Traffic Northern Blvd In Flushing.$4,280,000
1 Family, Well Kept, Well Located, Easy Transportation To 7 Train.$799,000
Fully Renovated ! Just Walk In With Your Suitcases.$1,070,000
In the Heart of Flushing, Semi detach home on a Sunny refreshing block.$888,000
Huge Price Reduction ! ! !$1,368,000
Union House Flushing queens$549,990
Location ! Location ! Big Lot 50X100, Zoning R3A, Big Driveway And Large Backyard.$1,348,800
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