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Flushing is a popular neighborhood in the borough of Queens, New York.
The area’s history goes back to the mid-1600s. It was formed in 1645 by the Dutch West India Company.
Flushing was added to the New Netherland colony.
The area was originally named after the southern Netherland city Vlissingen. The area was soon nicknamed “Vlishing,” which was later simplified to “Flushing” by the British.
The area became part of the province of New York, where it was a seat of power for several years up until the American Revolution in the 1700s.
Flushing continued to grow through the centuries. It became a popular residential and business area.
Today, Flushing is the fourth largest business district in all of New York City. It was also where many rising stars established them in American film before Hollywood came to be.
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Homes for Sale in Flushing
Major Subsections in Flushing
1. Broadway-Flushing. This is a large residential area. Part of Broadway-Flushing has been designated as a Federal and State historical district.
2. Linden Hill. Another popular, growing neighborhood in Flushing. It is home to over 3,000 apartments and many luxury homes and rental properties.
3. Murray Hill. Not to be confused with the well-known Murray Hill area of Manhattan, this Flushing neighborhood was the site of the area’s first tree nurseries in the late 1800’s. It has also been a popular residential area for just as long.
4. Queensboro Hill. This area is known for the Queensboro Hill Community Church and the Turtle Playground. Most residents refer to the area as South Flushing.
5. Waldheim. Just south of the area’s commercial district, Waldheim was created as an estate subdivision. It was home to many of the area’s more affluent residents for the greater part of the 20th century. The neighborhood was rezoned to keep the residential character and to help offset the loss of homes that were torn down to make way for the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens two decades earlier.
The median home price in Flushing is $687,500. This is up 1% over last year. Home prices are expected to remain pretty much the same next year. Home values in Flushing are slightly higher than in other areas of the city.
Education in Flushing
There are 10 elementary schools, four junior high schools and eight high schools in Flushing.
The area is also home to two private schools. Nearby Queens College, which is part of the City University of New York system, is commonly thought to be part of Flushing. It has a Flushing mailing address but is actually located in Queens.
Parks in Flushing
The following public parks are located in the Flushing neighborhood:
Bowne Park. This 11-acre park was built on land that was once owned by former New York mayor Walter Bowne.
Flushing Field. A 10-acre park that also houses the athletic fields for Flushing High School.
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. This is one of the most popular areas in the neighborhood. The park is over 1200 acres. Here you’ll find the New York Mets’ home ballpark Citi Field, an aquatic center that was opened in 2008 and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. This area is home to the annual US Open. The park also hosted World Fairs in 1939-1940 and 1964-1965.
Kissena Corridor Park. This park links Flushing Meadows-Corona Park with Kissena Park. Kissena Corridor Park has the Rachel Carson Playground and a spacious ballpark of its own.
Kissena Park. Centered by a lake, this park offers over 200 acres of land to explore.
Queens Botanical Park. This park is actually the northern part of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The 39-acre park is a favorite spot of flower enthusiasts worldwide. It has been open since 1939.
Local Landmarks in Flushing
There are also many local landmarks that are important to the area’s history and culture.
1. The Flushing Town Hall on Northern Boulevard is now home to the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. This organization is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Its cultural center and concert hall hosts many events that are open to the public every year.
2. The Old Quaker Meeting House was built in 1694. The building has been renovated and repaired several times over the last 400-plus years, and still hosts regular worship meetings every Sunday.
3. The Unisphere is a stainless steel replica of the globe. This large sphere was built in 1964 for the World’s Fair. It helped represent the fair’s theme of “Peace Through Understanding.”
4. The RKO Keith’s Theater was established in 1928. The three-story building drew constant crowds in its heyday to watch the latest movies and live performances by some of the biggest stars during the first half of the 20th century. The theater has been closed since 1986, but efforts are still active to restore and maintain the building’s tradition and history.
5. The Flushing Armory was completed in 1906. The impressive stone structure was designed to look similar to many well-known castles in Europe. The armory was used by the National Guard and now houses the New York City Police Department’s Strategic Response group.
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