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Queens/Flushing-Northeast

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Flushing is in Queens, a borough of New York City. Flushing is the biggest Chinatown in New York City, and more diverse than Manhattan's Chinatown. It also contains a large Korean and a large Indian neighborhood, with various other ethnic groups represented. Consider taking a trip there if you are visiting New York for more than a week, or if you would like a delicious meal before or/and after watching a game at Citi Field or matches at the U.S. Open.

Get in

Subway

Take the 7 train to the last stop, Flushing - Main St.

Long Island Railroad

The Flushing-Main St. stop on the Port Washington Line of the Long Island Railroad [1] arguably marks the exact center of Flushing. The train stop is about two blocks south of the Flushing - Main St. stop on the 7 train. On weekends, one-way LIRR fare within the city limits (including Manhattan's Penn Station) is $3.25 - still pricier and less scenic than the subway, but faster, and the best way to reach points east of the 7 train's terminus.

Bus

There are many Metropolitan Transit Authority buses that serve Flushing. Go to the MTA website [2] to download a Queens bus map. While waiting for the bus, make sure you are on the right side of the street for the direction you want to travel. From LaGuardia Airport, you can take the Q48 bus.

Car

The center of Flushing, Main St. between Roosevelt Av. and where it forks with Kissena Blvd., is accessible from exits from major highways like the Grand Central Parkway and the Long Island Expressway.

Airplane

Flushing is close to LaGuardia Airport (LGA). For those arriving at or departing from LaGuardia, the MTA bus route Q48 stops on Roosevelt Av. at the corner of Main St., and taxis are also available.

See

  • Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, located directly west (or southwest, depending on your location) of Flushing, is a nice place to stroll on a Sunday afternoon - especially after you've had a good meal. Visit the Unisphere - the famed globe that's most associated with the U.S. Open - or appreciate the scenery and (relative) quiet. Be alert if you come at night, however.

Do

  • Take the 7 train in from Manhattan. While on the train, enjoy the view of Manhattan and listen to the diverse mix of languages spoken by other passengers. While in Flushing, eat some great food, visit some of the food shops and malls, look at all the products available, and buy something to go.
  • The Flushing branch[3] of the Queens Borough Public Library[4] has a large number of English- and foreign-language books as well as a wide selection of Chinese-instructional materials, among other things. There are public restrooms available on the Lower Level as well as the third floor. A Children's Only restroom is to be found in the Children's Room on the Main Level. All are welcome to read inside the library, but only those with Queens Borough Public Library cards are permitted to take items out. Non card holders wanting to check their email may use the 15 Minute Express Computers on the Second Floor. There are sometimes performances at the library which are free and open to all. Also worth noting is the small photo collection of old Flushing on display in the Lower Level.
  • Shea Stadium was home of the New York Mets baseball team. It was also home of the NFL's New York Jets until 1983. The Yankees played home games here from 1974 and 1975, while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. 2008 was the final year of Shea Stadium. In 2009, Citi Field will open, and Shea Stadium will meet the wrecking ball, to become a parking lot.

Buy

A & C Supermarket, 4141 Kissena Blvd. across from the Flushing branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, (718) 359-3399, is positively the biggest Chinese supermarket in New York. There are several other large Chinese supermarkets in the neighborhood, but A & C is by far the best for most purposes. You want it, they've got it. A & C is patronized extensively by members of the Chinese community, but also by Indians and Anglos, because it has high-quality fresh produce, all sorts of condiments, fish and seafood, prepared goods, etc., etc.

Eat

Spicy and Tasty, 39-07 Prince St., 1H (just north of Roosevelt Av.), (718) 359-1601, serves what's arguably the best Sichuan-style food in New York. Their menu is extensive and full of specialties and nothing but. Just their selection of cold dishes, which are visible in the window, is larger than in any other Sichuan-style restaurant in the Five Boroughs. The restaurant extends to a second floor, which can accommodate larger parties. Expect to pay roughly $15-22/person for lunch or dinner.

Woo Chon, 4119 Kissena Boulevard (across from the Flushing branch of the Queens Borough Public Library), (718) 463-0803, is a really fine Korean restaurant, and a good place to get barbecue (Galbi or Bulgogi) over charcoal. Their menu is very extensive, and they always serve a good Banchan (set of side dishes that comes with the meal). In keeping with the character of this part of Flushing, most of the waiters can speak Chinese, in addition to Korean and some English. Open late.

Lu's Seafood, 38-18 Prince St. (corner of 39th Av., one block north of Roosevelt Av.), is a popular Taiwanese restaurant. It serves thick and thin soups which are big enough for a meal with or without a cold dish. For those who want it, there is offal available, notably including pig intestine dishes.

Silver Pond, 5650 Main St. (corner of Booth Memorial Av.), (718) 463-2888, is a well-known Cantonese banquet restaurant, somewhat upscale, with good parking. They also serve dim sum for breakfast/lunch. The location is close to the Long Island Expressway exit and about 1 mile from the 7 stop at Flushing - Main St., but accessible by bus.

Chao Zhou, 40-52 Main St. (across from the Flushing branch of the Queens Borough Public Library), (718) 353-7683, is a popular place for good, inexpensive Chao Zhou style noodle soups, dishes on rice, and excellent barbecued dishes (Chinese style), such as Soy Sauce Chicken. Open late.

East Manor, 4645 Kissena Blvd (corner of Laburnum Ave) (718) 888-8998, is a Zagat Survey rated restaurant that serves some of the best Chinese, Korean, and Japanese food in New York City. This restaurant is often packed during the weekdays, and serves many lunch and diner specials. A buffet room is located on the top floor. It can be on the pricey side for weekends, but much cheaper than Manhattan.

Sunway, Prince Street and 38th Avenue.

AA Plaza, 40-66 Main St. (directly under the LIRR overpass), serves fast and inexpensive take-out food for commuters. The scallion pancakes ($1) are particularly good. No seating - eat on your feet, or if the weather permits, sit on the steps of the public library across the street.

Joe's BestBurger 39-11 Main Street at the intersection of Roosevelt and Main Street. When you're tired of the chain burger places try Joe's. Hamburgers come in single and double sized. They also offer fried chicken, salads, breakfast items, cheese fries and shakes/sundaes. Joe's also boasts an extensive fountain soda selection: Grape, Orange, Black Cherry, Chocolate, etc.

Drink

Flushing is full of bubble tea places. One of the best is Sago, 39-02 Main St. (corner of 39th Av.), (718) 353-2899, which does a lot of business to stay and to go. For great tapioca, milk tea beverages, other flavored tea, ice desserts, slush and many kinds of fancy drinks, you can also visit Quickly, located at 41-40 Kissena Blvd.

Sleep

There are a number of hotels in Flushing, including:

Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel[5], 135-20 39th Av. (between Main and Prince Sts.), (718) 460-6666

Comfort Inn[6], 133-43 37th Av. (between Prince St. and College Point Boulevard), (718) 939-5000

Best Western Queens Court Hotel[7], 133-51 39th Av. (between Prince St. and College Point Boulevard),(718) 888-1900, toll free (888) 390-3900, fax (718) 888-1141

There is also the Flushing YMCA[8] at 138-46 Northern Boulevard (corner of Bowne St., two blocks east of Main), (718) 961-6884. For room reservations, click on "Book a Guest Room."

Stay safe

Walking on Roosevelt Av. between Shea Stadium and Main St. is not a good idea. The route is very unpleasant, going past automobile body shops and across bridges spanning the polluted Flushing River, with broken glass on the walkways. This naturally means that few pedestrians will be found on the streets and maximizes the chance of meeting weirdos. The walkways are primarily used as a bicycle route for local workers. Shea Stadium to Flushing - Main St. is one stop on the 7 Train. Take the train.

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