I always wanted to know more about NYC. I was always dreaming that one day I will spend Christmas in NYC. Ohh, maybe one day…
Before that day becomes reality, I had a nice conversation with one young lady. She accepted my invitation to write a guest post about Flushing, Queens-NYC’s hidden gem. I wanted to know something more and about other side of NYC.
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New York City, the city that doesn’t sleep, has plenty of famous tourist attractions. The city is broken down into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens. Each borough has its own unique personality. Times Square, the Empire State Building, Central Park are all located in Manhattan. The Bronx has Yankee Stadium. Staten Island has the Staten Island Ferry and wonderful FREE views of the Statue of Liberty. Brooklyn has the Brooklyn Bridge. Queens is known as the “World’s Borough” and has many hidden gems. One of those gems is the neighborhood of Flushing. Allow me to share with you why you should consider going to Flushing during your next trip to New York City.
Flushing, Queens is relatively easy to get to from Manhattan. If you are next to Times Square you can take the Queens bound 7-train all the way to the last stop. During rush hour the ride is about 23mins. During regular time it’s about a 40min ride. If you are close to Penn Station, you can take the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) into Flushing. (If you are on a budget taking the 7-train is the way to go). Once you get off either the 7-train or LIRR you enter the heart of Flushing.
What’s So Special About Flushing?
Flushing is also affectionately known as the other Chinatown. Did you know that NYC has more than one Chinatown? If you ask any English-speaking resident they will tell you that Flushing is the real Chinatown. Once you get out of the station you will most likely be greeted by bustling crowds, buildings with only Mandarin/Cantonese writing on it, and delicious authentic Chinese food. Although Flushing is known as a Chinese neighborhood there is also a big South American and South Asian population as well. The best part about Flushing is how many people from different cultures blend well together. In Flushing you can go to a restaurant and the menu is all in Chinese but the server will ask you for your order in Spanish or you might have to order by pointing at pictures.
Mall in Downtown Flushing
But don’t worry if the crowded fast paced beat of this mini China isn’t up your alley a quick 15-20 minute walk down Main Street will take you to the Queens Botanical Garden.
Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Botanical garden
The Queens Botanical Garden is open year round however it is free during the winter season (November through March). From April through October tickets are about $6 for adults, and free on Wednesdays from 3 to 6pm and Sundays from 9am to 11am. Every year there is a big flower festival in Colombia and the Queens Botanical Garden has their own version of it.
Queens Flower Festival
A perfect place for a quick nap
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Flushing Meadows Park
Mets – Willets Point Train Station
One train stop away from Flushing Main Street Station will find you at Mets-Willets point station, which will take you to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This park has something for everyone.
Arthur Ashe Stadium
It is home to the Arthur Ashe Stadium where the U.S Open Tennis Matches happen in September. The Queens Museum is also located inside of the park. The Queens Museum is special because it has model of Manhattan that is made to scale. What’s cool about the model is that it has lighting that mimics sunrise and sunset.
These are all cool reasons to visit Flushing Meadows Park but the main attraction would have to be the “Unisphere”. Flushing Meadows Park was home to the Worlds Fair. Not too far from the Unisphere you can see the two towers. They’re longer in use but might look a bit familiar. That’s because they were in the movie Men in Black as the alien space ship.
These are just some of the many reasons you should visit Flushing Queens during your next trip to my home NYC. Queens is the “world’s Borough” so that means its your home too!
I hope that you enjoy moving around just for a little bit just like I did reading this post!
Until some new adventures and my new guest bloggers, happy travels to all of you!
* This text reflects the opinions and experiences of the guest writer and does not reflect the views of the blog author traveloptician.com