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Street Signs of Flushing, New York

August 11, 2013
Flushing's Chinatown

A tour of the street signs of Flushing

Flushing, New York (in the borough of Queens) has an impressive downtown Chinatown area. To a native New Yorker, it may appear more like a neighborhood in Hong Kong than one in New York City. It is the second largest Chinatown in New York, next to the one in Manhattan.

I grew up in Queens, not far from Flushing, and used to take the bus there from Bayside as a teen to shop at retail stores that no longer exist in an area that was then dominated by Greek, Jewish and Italian storekeepers.

Young girls in Flushing today

Young girls in Flushing today

The face of Flushing has changed, becoming both more diverse and more densely populated, primarily due to an influx of immigrants from China and Korea. Large condo residences and vertical malls are popping up on every vacant lot in between small shops selling Bubble Tea, Chinese pastries and herbal remedies.

A mecca for foodies, the area is filled not only with a variety of authentic Chinese restaurants but also ones serving Korean, Malaysian, and fusion cuisines. The main reason for our visit today, like many visitors, was for great Dim Sum. My son and a friend had eaten at the Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant and recommended it highly.

Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant

Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant

Main on Dining Room at Asian Jewels

Main on Dining Room at Asian Jewels

One of the Dim Sum carts

One of the Dim Sum carts

This experience to a once familiar place (less than an hour away from home) made us feel like we had traveled to another country without the hassle of missed flights or lost bags. Walking around the neighborhood, we couldn’t help but notice how the street signs of Flushing (some of them quirky) conveyed a feeling for the rich character, culture and charm of this unique neighborhood, as seen through my own camera lens.:-)

By the way, the Dim Sum was awesome, too.

Moral of the Story: Intriguing travel experiences can often be found close to home. 


This story is linked to Travel Photo Mondays.


Re: The signs in Flushing 

By the way, a few years back, there was a great deal of political controversy about whether first responders (police, fire and other emergency personnel) would be able to find businesses in Flushing because so much of the signage was in Chinese characters. Since that time, most signs are also translated into English.

 

  • Reply
    Muza-chan
    August 12, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Interesting place!

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    Sheryl
    August 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Love this! I’ve been wanting to visit Flushing (been a very long time since I lived nearby, in Forest Hills) for a long time. I’m so glad you did the footwork for me. Lovely photos, too.

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    Abby
    August 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Oh, wow, I haven’t been to Flushing in probably a decade. Great to see an update! I’d love to go for the food.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      August 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Well worth it! For anyone interested, this is also one of the few restaurants in Flushing with it’s own parking lot~
      Best, Irene

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    noel
    August 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Oh how I miss some yummy dim sum…wish we had some in my little island!

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    Marcia
    August 16, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Love going to Flushing, so diverse. Just looking at the signs, you can tell which neighborhood or ethnic group lives where.
    Have yet to have dim sum there, still go to Chinatown in NY though I’ve heard from my Indonesian dim sum friend that it’s much better in Flushing. Thanks for the reminder, Irene, have to try it soon.

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    Nancy Rones
    April 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    just came across this post. Growing up in Queens too, I spent many weekends bussing it into Flushing to shop (under the bridge) and eat with friends. nice to see that the place is still bustling.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      April 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      You should go back! It’s really a fun experience!

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