Flushing was a neighborhood of note from day one; as a Dutch colony, its charter permitted freedom of religion in a period when that wasn’t commonplace. By the time the 20th century rolled around, construction of bridges was increasing traffic into the area. Today, Flushing’s demographics includes many Asian-Americans in its flourishing Chinatown and Koreatown neighborhoods.
The New York Mets have played baseball in this part of Queens for a long time. In 1964, the World’s Fair brought in the New York Hall of Science, which remains one of this Fair’s last surviving structures. The building boasts some 400 interactive exhibits in biology, chemistry, and physics and includes a highly interesting and historic Rocket Park. Those who are more artistically inclined should visit the Queens Museum, a reflection of the borough’s ethnic diversity. It serves as a community center, art exhibition, and education provider. It also proudly displays the Panorama of the City of New York, an architectural model from the 1964 World’s Fair. This elaborate piece is the largest scale model built of the city of New York and is not to be missed on a visit to Queens.
At the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, you can take a picture in front of the legendary Unisphere sculpture. This steel globe was created to commemorate the space age and was granted landmark status in 1995. Lastly, the lovely Queens Botanical Garden first opened as part of the 1939 World’s Fair; it hearkens back to Flushing’s horticultural background.