The Chinatown in Manhattan is extremely popular for the dense Chinese population. However, Flushing has an equal dense population of Chinese immigrants as well. From a recent study, it has been identified that more than 70% of the people who live in Flushing have an Asian background. As a result, it can be defined as a thriving micro-neighborhood for Asians.
A few decades back, Flushing was dominated by European immigrants. A large number of white and blue collar workers, who immigrated from Poland, Ireland, and Italy were living in this area. However, a group of immigrants from Taiwan came to this area during the 1970s and they established their own community. The number of residents with a Taiwan background increased on a regular basis and Chinatown Flushing was called as Little Taiwan. In the meantime, a considerable number of people from South Korea also came to live in here.
The Asian community who lives here at Flushing is centered on Downtown Flushing. When you walk into Downtown Flushing, you will be able to experience an authentic Asian atmosphere including crowded marketing and bustling streets. Even though the presence of Chinese is the most apparent in this area, it has a large Korean community as well. Therefore, you will be able to find both Chinese as well as Korean banks in this area.
The World Journal can be considered as the largest Chinese language newspaper, which is being published outside China. Flushing has an office of The World Journal newspaper as well. In addition, you will be able to find many other Chinese language based publications in the area.
Flushing is the home to a large number of visitor attractions as well. Out of them, the New World Mall, which is located at the corner of Main Street, holds a prominent place. It is the biggest indoor Asian mall that is located on the Eastern Coast. It has been identified that the New World Mall has a huge supermarket and 108 small scale retail shops across its first two floors. On the third floor of New World Mall, you will be able to find a Tri-State area, which consists of banquet halls and a Chinese dim sum restaurant. This restaurant offers a variety of traditional Asian dishes, which include noodles, soups, bubble tea and shaved ice with different toppings.
Downtown Flushing has become a popular destination for shoppers in the area. If you walk down the Main Street, you will be able to find a large number of shops. It is possible to purchase almost everything from these shops. In addition, you can find a large number of restaurants along the Main Street as well.
The Lunar New Year Celebrations are also being held at Flushing. The celebrations take place in every February along with the 19th annual parade. People from all parts of New York prefer to visit Downtown Flushing during the month of February in order to experience these celebrations.
By Linda S