Posts Tagged ‘Flushing’

Start the new year on Main Street (Flushing)

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Flushing, Queens

Jack Eichenbaum will lead a Municipal Art Society tour of Flushing’s Chinatown on New Year’s Day. According to their website, “In less than a generation, this immigrant destination and commercial center has come to rival its Manhattan antecedent. Taiwanese rather than Cantonese at its core, Flushing’s Chinatown plays host to a variety of overseas Chinese groups. Rezoning and greater land availability support unusual real estate developments that include office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops, cultural institutions and malls. Lunch is available in more than 100 Asian restaurants nearby.”

I took the churches of Flushing tour with Jack Eichenbaum last year, and it was very interesting.

(There’s a late gift idea, too. Municipal Art Society gift certificates are good for walking tours and programs. For more information, call Tamara Coombs, director of programs & tours, at 212-935-3960, ext. 294, or email tcoombs [at]

Meet at 1 pm Thursday, Jan. 1, at St George’s Church, 39th Ave and Main Street. You can take the 7 train to Main Street and walk one block north. $15, $12 MAS members.

Dragon boats and more

Friday, August 1st, 2008

This weekend, August 2 and 3, is the 18th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at the Lake in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens. Races are from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, and entertainment includes an array of music and dance, including Mexican, Ecuadorian, Peruvian, and Irish performances, as well as Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrations and traditional Chinese crafts. The dumpling-eating contest is at noon Sunday. Free.

Feasting in Flushing

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Julia Moskin in the New York Times has compiled an overwhelming tour of Flushing’s Chinese cuisine. Since 1990, Flushing has seen a huge increase in residents with roots all over mainland China, and consequently, there is an astounding variety of food available.

The story includes 20 clip-and-save food suggestions for those whose Chinese-language skills are perhaps nonexistent, and there’s also an interactive map with photos, video, and an audio pronunciation guide. This is an awesome package and will definitely be a nominee if I ever give out Moving Sidewalk journalism awards. Brava, Julia! And good work on the graphic, Zahra Sethna and Jon Huang.