Flushing is a neighborhood in the north-central portion of Queens, New York City. The community is the fourth-largest central business district in New York City. Downtown Flushing, a major commercial and retail area centered on the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, is the third-busiest intersection in New York City, behind Times Square and Herald Square.

Flushing was established as a settlement in New Netherland on October 10, 1645, on the eastern bank of Flushing Creek. It was named Vlissingen, after the Dutch city of Vlissingen. The English took control of New Amsterdam in 1664, and when Queens, NYC was established in 1683, the “Town of Flushing” was one of the original five towns of Queens. In 1898, Flushing was consolidated into the City of New York. The development came in the early 20th century with the construction of bridges and public transportation. An immigrant population, composed mainly of Chinese and Koreans, settled in Flushing in the late 20th century.

Asian Communities

In the 1970s, immigrants from Taiwan established a foothold in Flushing, whose demographic constituency had been predominantly non-Hispanic white, interspersed with a small Japanese community. Additionally, a prominent South Korean population is also called Flushing home. The Taiwanese immigrants were the first wave of Chinese-speaking immigrants who spoke Mandarin (Taiwanese also said) rather than Cantonese to arrive in New York City. Many Taiwanese immigrants were also Hokkien and had relatives or connections to Fujian province in China, which led to a large influx of Fuzhounese Americans. EZ Bed Bugs Exterminator Queens

Over the years, many new non-Cantonese ethnic Chinese immigrants from different regions and provinces of China started to arrive in New York City and settled in Flushing through word of mouth. This wave of immigrants spoke Mandarin and various regional/provincial dialects. The early 1990s and 2000s brought a wave of Fuzhounese Americans and Wenzhounese immigrants, who mostly spoke Mandarin and settled in Flushing and Elmhurst. Flushing’s Chinese population became diverse over the next few decades as people from different provinces arrived.


Flushing has many registered New York City Landmarks, several of which are also located on the National Register of Historic Places. Several city landmarks are located on the Queens Historical Society’s Freedom Mile. Flushing Town Hall on Northern Boulevard is the headquarters of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and houses a concert hall and cultural center. Other landmarks include the Bowne House, Kingsland Homestead, the Weeping Beech, Old Quaker Meeting House, Flushing High School, St. George’s Church, the Lewis H. Latimer House, and the inside of the former RKO Keith’s movie theater. The National Guard formerly used the Flushing Armory on Northern Boulevard.


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