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Things to do in Flushing, Queens

Flushing is the kind of neighborhood that I see as a New York City secret. It is a Queens area that is about 30-40 minutes from Manhattan and provides an incredible cultural immersion. To give you an idea, the Chinese-immigrant population of Flushing surpassed Chinatown in Manhattan years ago. Roughly two-thirds of the residents in this bustling Queens neighborhood are foreign-born—the vast majority of them coming from Asia. You will probably feel like you are not in New York City. Unlike Chinatown in Manhattan, I think Flushing is a much calmer and authentic neighborhood, with several things to do. I’ve been there a lot of times, and the last one was a few weeks ago when I decided to write a post about it!

As I mentioned, I’ve been in Flushing a lot of times, but we ended up planning to do unique things the last time we were there. Thiago had read something about The Hindu Temple Society of North America, located in Flushing, and he was interested in it. So,  we took advantage of our visit to the neighborhood to see the place. To get there, we walked about 15 minutes after leaving the subway station. I had never entered a Hindu temple, and I think it’s super interesting to know this kind of place. This temple has existed since 1970, and it was the first authentic Hindu Temple in North America built with traditional granite stones imported from India; and so is one of the most historically and architecturally important Temples in the West.  It is essential to follow some rules before entering: you have to take off your shoes, and it is not recommended to be wearing shorts or dresses. Also, you can’t take pictures inside. We saw many Indians praying and is a place of tranquility. For more information, visit the website.

I love exploring different cuisines, and I particularly love Asian food. I found Spring Shabu Shabu on FourSquare, and I was excited to take Thiago there because I knew he would love it! It is a Hot Pot restaurant – and you cook your food. You choose the type of broth – fish, spicy, or vegetables – and the tables have a structure that keeps the soup boiling – you can control the temperature. Spring Shabu Shabu has a buffet, with several choices of fresh noodles, dumplings, mushrooms, all types of vegetables, and salads, and you cook it all in the water. And of course, you can add some sauces, available in a wide variety at the buffet. The price of the buffet is $14. Meat portions – including seafood – are available and start at $6. It is a unique dining experience! And the food is delicious!

 

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 Have you tried Bubble Tea? It is a Taiwan drink tea base created during the 1980s. The drink has a tea base mixed with fruit or milk and comes with tapioca balls. Some people do not like the balls – I particularly love. In Flushing, there are several places to buy Bubble Tea, and one of them is CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice, which has well-diversified flavors, priced between $3 and $4.

TOUS Les JOURS is a French-Asian Bakery, meaning of ‘EVERYDAY’, serving a unique selection of bakery goods and beverages made with the highest quality ingredients from South Korea. In New York City, the chain has locations in Asian neighborhoods (Koreatown and Chinatown in Manhattan and Flushing). There is a huge selection of bread, cakes, and desserts.

 

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And if the idea is to enjoy the time to also shop, it is worth highlighting The Shops at SkyView Center, a mall with well-known stores. Marshall’s, Nike Clearance Store, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, UNIQLO, Carter’s Babies and Kids, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Target are some stores. You will also find Daiso, a Japanese dollar store that sells beauty products, holiday décor, clothing, gifts, snacks, home goods, and sundries, priced at or around $1.99.

 

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New World Mall is one of the largest indoor Asian Mall in the Northeast. The mall features 108 retail shops with an Asian supermarket on the first and second levels. Located on the third floor is one of the largest Chinese dim sum restaurants and banquet halls in the Tri-State areas with a capacity of hosting 1,500 patrons. The facility also includes a food court, supermarket, karaoke lounge and an underground valet parking garage.

There’s no way to talk about Flushing without talking about Korean Beauty! The neighborhood is undoubtedly the paradise of Korean cosmetics. I know, I know: many brands also have stores in Manhattan. But in Flushing you walk through one street, and you will find several of them, almost side by side. Missha, Tonymoly, The Face Shop, and Nature Republic are just some of them. Make sure to check out my K-beauty shopping guide in NYC.

A day in Flushing also deserves a stop at Queens Museum. See, I am not a museum fan, but I recommend this visit. And this is because of Panorama. It is the jewel in the crown of the Queens Museum collection and a locus of memory for visitors from all over the globe. Conceived as a celebration of the city’s municipal infrastructure by urban mastermind and World’s Fair President Robert Moses for the 1964 Fair, the Panorama was built by a team of more than 100 people working for the great architectural model makers Raymond Lester & Associates over three years. In planning the model, Lester referred to aerial photographs, Sanborn fire insurance maps, and a range of other City material as the Panorama had to be accurate, with the initial contract demanding less than one percent margin of error between reality and the “world’s largest scale model.” Comprising an area of 9,335 square feet and built to a scale of 1:1200 where one inch equals 100 feet, the Panorama is a metropolis in miniature. Each of the city’s 895,000 buildings constructed prior to 1992 and every street, park, and some 100 bridges are represented and assembled onto 273 individual sections comprising the 320 square miles of New York City.

As previously mentioned, Panorama is the highlight of the museum, but there is also other exhibits, you can check here. Queens Museum opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Suggested admission is $ 8 (but you can pay what you want).

Behind the museum, which is located in Corona Park, you will find one of the most beautiful places in the city, in my opinion: Unisphere. It was designed by the architect Gilmore D. Clarke for the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65, 120-foot-diameter. During the summer, the fountain is turned on, and the monument even more beautiful. Corona Park is a vast park – there is also a zoo there – and that’s where US Open takes place every year. The New York Hall of Science is also located at Corona Park.

 

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This is Mikkeller’s first US brewery expansion outside of San Diego. The brand is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has become an internationally acclaimed Danish craft brewery- currently exporting to more than 50 countries. The founder, Mikkel, started out as a home brewing math and physics teacher. In 2005, Mikkel’s Beer Geek Breakfast (brewed in his kitchen) was named the best stout in the world by RateBeer. Since 2003, Mikkeller has created more than 1,000 different beers, and the location in New York City is the 32nd location worldwide. The 10,000-square-foot space at Citi Field is a bar and a restaurant. The highlight is, of course, the beer menu, with 60 rotating taps and also cans and bottle options. Prices range from $4 to $8. Besides that, the place also offers some food options like burgers, fries, fried chicken, empanadas, and salad.

Did you like this post? To go to Flushing, you need to use the 7 subway line and get off at the last stop –  Flushing – Main St. For the Corona Park, Queens Museum, and Mikkeller, stop at Mets-Willets Point station.

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