Flushing (Queens)

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August 13, 2022

Flushing is a neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York. Flushing is a thriving residential and commercial zone with Taiwanese, Chinese and Korean communities (see Chinatown and Koreatown). 55% of residents are Asian Americans, making Flushing the largest Chinese community in the New York metropolitan area, even trumping Manhattan's Chinatown. In addition, there are Hispanics, African Americans and Southeast Asians living in Flushing (the Filipino-American community is especially visible). Internationally best known is Flushing Meadows Park, where the US Open is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Flushing is also the home of baseball club the New York Mets with the Citi Field stadium.

History

Before the European settlers arrived, Northeast Queens was populated by the Algonk-language-speaking Matinecoc Indians. The town of Flushing was first settled by Europeans in 1645, under the charter of the West India Company and was named after the Dutch town of Vlissingen, the main port of the WIC. Originally, the village of Vlissingen was close to the settlement of New Amsterdam, later New York. Later it was given the name Flushing, the English name for the Dutch Vlissingen. Invoking the charter, the Remonstrantie van Vlissingen was drawn up in 1657, a notice of objection in which Vlissingers protested against the repressive religious policy of Governor Peter Stuyvesant.

Chinatown

The Chinese neighborhood in Flushing has been around for over a hundred years. The first Chinese Americans arrived at the end of the 19th century. Today, the neighborhood is home to many Chinese shops, businesses, restaurants, supermarkets, and Chinese religious gathering places. Chinese Temples and Buddhist Temples: Temple of Mercy Charity China Buddhist Association Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters (STOH) Hua Lian Tsu Hui Temple IBPS New York Tzu Chi Flushing New York Chen's Buddha Associates Cultural Center of Taipei Amitabha Buddhist Society Chin Chueh GungChinese Malls: Hong Kong Supermarket A&N Supermarket Golden Supermarket A&C Supermarket

Known residents of Flushing

Born

Anita Page (1910-2008), actress Barbara Pierce Bush (1925-2018), first lady John Williams (1932), composer James Wetherbee (1952), astronaut Fran Drescher (1957), actress (The Nanny)

Resident (or have been)

Paul Simon (artist), singer-songwriter Nancy Reagan, first lady, actress MC Jin, Chinese American rapper Action Bronson, rapper

trivia

The opening song of the comedy The Nanny is about Flushing, Queens.

See also

List of exonyms Other nearby Chinatowns: Sunset Park (Brooklyn) Chinatown (New York)