Things to do in Flushing New York

By Sarah Harris

We can’t quite explain it, but there’s just something about Flushing. Located just across the East River, the neighborhood is home to some of the most exciting activities and attractions in the city. Whether you’re looking to check out the interesting historical landmarks, taste some incredible Chinese food, or have your mind blown by an entirely unique museum exhibit, you’ll find countless reasons to love the area. Boredom is something you won’t experience here for sure.

So, if you’re planning to make the visit, have a read through our list of the best things to do in the area and then see how The New York Pass® can make your experience even better! Whatever you choose to do, we promise you won’t leave disappointed!

Explore the Area

Recognized for its vibrancy and diversity in culture, New York is home to the biggest Chinese population outside of Asia. Though many tourists flock to Manhattan Chinatown, the city has nine whole iterations within its state boundaries! We love Flushing’s version of this high-energy ethnic enclave for its lower price points and an endless array of enticing restaurants. Seriously, as the largest Chinatown in New York, this place is the prime dining destination in the area. You’ll find everything from Peking duck puns, lychee bubble tea, and mooncakes in every flavor right here. Don’t mind if we do!

Originally created as part of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the garden continues to inspire and delight visitors with its colorful dazzling displays. Open all year round, this stunning urban oasis offers 39 acres of greenery to be discovered – we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a sunny New York afternoon! Whether you’re a nature lover, or just simply a lover of pretty things, this is the place to be. Before planning your visit, we recommend checking the website for any traditional festivities, special events, or interesting programs being held.

If you’re looking for artistry and culture in Flushing, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Adapted from the New York State Pavilion, Queens Theatre has been quenching the community’s thirst for the performed arts for quite some time. These days, you can catch everything from classic plays and side-splitting comedians to musical and dance performances, all under the same roof. With so much choice, you could go every night if you wanted to!

Learn Something New

Those looking to learn more about the background of the area should appreciate the next item on our list. Situated at 137th Street, the Lewis Latimer House Museum once served as a home to the African-American inventor until the very time of his passing. Today, the site is open to all visitors, presenting exhibitions about his greatest achievements and fascinating life and ancestry. A total delight for history buffs and science geeks alike, this place presents a great educational experience for those of all ages. Don’t miss out!

Looking for a great day out that’s both fun and educational? Well, look no further. Located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the New York Hall of Science seeks to cultivate curiosity and wonder in the world around us. Breaking away from the typical museum experience, the institute presents more than 450 immersive displays which work to bring visitors into the learning process. Fan favorites include Rocket Park mini golf, the Design Lab, and the award-winning 60, 000 square-foot Science playground. Perfect for those traveling with family, this place makes for the ultimate day trip.

Another one of our favorite things to do in Flushing is visiting the Queens Museum of Art. Founded in 1972, the gallery offers an interesting cultural experience to remember. Though it isn’t quite a household name, this place is well worth the visit for its iconic Panorama of the City - a scale model of New York that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair, and is continuously updated since then. Other Highlights include its huge map of the city's water supply system and a collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass. Hey, whilst you’re there, why not try to place yourself on the Panorama?

Visit Some Interesting Landmarks

You don’t have to travel to India to be captivated by beautiful Hindu temples. In fact, the Hindu Temple Society of North America is recognized as one of the very formations of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Thankfully for us, this unique historical gem welcomes visitors to view its intricately carved stone columns and religious shrines. Whilst you’re there, we also suggest checking out its canteen basement, which is known for serving delicious South Indian cuisine. This place feeds a whopping 4, 000 people a week – and who are we to question that many people?

Flushing is dotted with historic structures dating way back to the 17th and 18th centuries – you just need to know where to look. One of our favorite hidden gems in the area is the Flushing Quaker Meeting House for its long, storied history. Built in 1694, the building is recognized as the oldest house of worship in NYC, and a rare remaining example of ecclesiastical architecture. Visitors can take tours to view its timeworn floorboards, wooden benches and handcrafted ceiling beams. Since the Meeting House still serves as a house of worship, we recommend modest dress. We love this place because it’s impossible to leave without having learned something new!

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Best Photos of Tribute in Light 2016

Enjoy some of our picks of the best images from yesterday's moving Tribute in Light, which happens every year on September 11th. Lady Liberty #statueofliberty #landmark #tributeinlight #1wtc #wtc #worldtradecenter #instacity #911 #nyc #newyorkcity #newyork A photo posted by Albert C. Lee (@albertclee) on Sep 12, 2016 at 8:41am PDT Tribute in light... #september11 ----------------------------------------------------- • • • • • • • • • • • #newyorkcity #nyc #nycprimeshot #nycprime_ladies #usaprimeshot #what_i_saw_in_nyc #newyork_instagram #icapture_nyc #city_of_newyork #Made_In_NY #ig_nycity #ig_unitedstates #ig_all_americas #just_newyork #TeamCanon #agameoftones #MoodyGrams #ig_masterpiece #topnewyorkphoto #ig_worldclub #watchthisinstagood #instagoodmyphoto #itsamazingoutthere #weekly_feature #nyloveyou #featuremeinstagood #nbc4ny #abc7ny #fox5ny A photo posted by Alex & Candice (@fallinginlovewithnyc) on Sep 11, 2016 at 3:14pm PDT To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. - Thomas Campbell . 09.10.16 Tonight's preview of the #TributeinLight and its reflection, from Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City . Designed as a solemn, yet uplifting memorial to those who died at the World Trade Center, the Tribute in Light comprises of 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs positioned into two 48-foot squared, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers. . The display debuted on March 11, 2002, the sixth month anniversary of the attacks. On Sept 11, 2003, it became an annual memorial. . Shooting with @killahwave and @gigglegiver2 Welcome back to NYC Alexa, enjoy the rest of your stay. . #NeverForget 💙 . #amazing_longexpo #agameoftones #awesome_photographers #artofvisuals #freedomthinkers #heatercentral #huffpostgram #igpodium_night #ig_global_life #ig_shotz_sept16 #igpowerclub #igworldglobal #igglobalclub #igshotz #ig_nightphotography #main_vision #phototag_it #longexposure_shots #photooftheday #special_shots #urbanromantix #usaprimeshot #weekly_feature #worldbestgram #worldbestshot A photo posted by Gigi A (@gigi.nyc) on Sep 10, 2016 at 9:31pm PDT 15 years later.. . . . . . #artofvisual #streetshared #imaginatones #illgrammers #agameoftones #hypebeast #moodygrams #theimaged #ThisIsMyCommunity #streetactivity #streetmagazine #shotaward #Thecreatorclass #heatercentral #justgoshoot #createexplore #urbanromantix #watchthisinstagood #what_i_saw_in_nyc #justliving2016 #way2ill #igworldclub #createcommune #fatalframes #thecreative #streets_vision #instamagazine_ #hboutthere #menwithurban A photo posted by 🗽👁🇦🇱🕋 (@thousand.visions) on Sep 11, 2016 at 8:09pm PDT I never forget how brave NYC fireman and police officers were that day... . 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And we will never forget.... . ============================ "Check Out" @mattpugs ============================ 9/11 memorial lights 2016 ============================ . . . . . . #splendid_shotz #arist_world #ig_dynamic #folkvibe#ig_great_shots_nyc #weekly_feature#igglobalclub #newyorkcity #nightshooters #sky_high_architecture #mycity_life #canon_photos #nationalgeographic #ig_great_shots #picture_to_keep #longexpoelite#rsa_streetview#igshotz#inspiring_photography_admired#ig_mood#fatalframes#earthpics#beautifuldestinations#instagramnyc#topnewyorkphoto#newyork_instagram#artofvisuals#awesome_earthpix#igpowerclub #instagram A photo posted by Craig's Beds (@craigsbeds) on Sep 11, 2016 at 6:31am PDT I can still feel you here. #Honor911 A photo posted by MISSHATTAN (@misshattan) on Sep 11, 2016 at 12:14pm PDT Never Forget. 🙏🏻9/11/01🙏🏻 =============================== ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ It's Black and White Sunday time again ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ Join the movement folks. Every Sunday post at least one Black and White photo and be sure to tag. #bnw_sundays for a chance to be featured. @bnw_sundays =============================== 🎞Shot info🎞 • Date: Sept 7th, 2016 • Location: NYC • Camera: Nikon D5500 • Lens: Nikkor 55 - 300mm f/ 4.5 -5.6 • Focal Length: 66mmmm • Shutter: 30 seconds • Aperture : f/9 • ISO: 100 • Shot: @mefototripods Roadtrip / Auto Mode • Shot in RAW • Edit: Lightroom / Photoshop / Instagram =============================== Big thank you to the pages who have featured my pics recently🙏🏻👊🏻🙏🏻 Your support is greatly appreciated @ =============================== Be sure to check out all my very talented friends I have tagged in the pic 💪🏼👍🏻💪🏼 =============================== #blackandwhitenyc #pocket_bnw #bnw_diamond #bnw_captures #rsa_bnw #icapture_nyc_bnw #bnw_life #love_bnw #blackandwhite #blancoynegro #bnw_magazine #bw_photooftheday #blackandwhitephoto #bw_society #superhubs #cbviews #ig_mood #ig_all_americas #igs_america #igglobalclub #inspiring_photography_admired #artofvisuals #globalcapture #master_shots #livetravelchannel #sky_high_architecture #awesomeglobe #exklusive_shot #ig_nightphotography A photo posted by Killian Moore (@killianmoore) on Sep 11, 2016 at 6:13am PDT Never forget! Tribute lights lit up in remembrance of 9/11 ========================= www.nadiablockphotography.com ========================= #SuperHubs #ig_today #igs_world #igmasters #citybestpics #lifeonourplanet #ig_captures #special_shots #travelnoire #ig_all_americas #weekly_feature #ig_mood #igrecommend #wildnewyork #hubs_united #icapture_nyc #what_i_saw_in_nyc #seeyourcity #gramoftheday #igs_NYC #instagramnyc #hot_shotz #aov #agameoftones #boss_properties #folkgood #incredible_masterpiece #amazingphotohunter #ig_exquisite #newyorklike A photo posted by NADIA BLOCK (@bklyn_block) on Sep 12, 2016 at 5:36am PDT Tonight was a truly incredible experience that I'll never forget. Flying over the #TributeInLight on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 🇺🇸. #NewYork has been my home for the last 7 years but seeing the city light up from this perspective brought me back to the excitement of the 1st day that I arrived. I couldn't be more proud to be associated and working with #NewYorkCity right now, this place really is the best city on earth 🙌🏽. Huge thank you to my friends at @flynyon and @nycgo for making this special experience possible 🚁🎥 #SeeYourCity 🗽. (🎶: "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra, Jay Z Re-Mix) A video posted by TOM JAUNCEY (@tomjauncey) on Sep 12, 2016 at 1:37am PDT If you found other images that particularly moved you and you would like to share them with us, tag #newyorkpass and @newyorkpass on Instagram.
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Remembering September 11 in NYC

No event in history has shaken up New York City like the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers on September 11th, 2001. This year, 15 years after the event, we still remember even though we have rebuilt the city and the scars are no longer visible. Every year on September 11th, New York City commemorates the tragedy through powerful displays and moving tributes. Here are some that you can see this weekend, on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. [spacer height="20px"] Tribute in Light [caption id="attachment_826" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Tribute in Light from Brooklyn Bridge Park | Photo by Mark Lennihan/AP[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] Since 2002, 88 7000 Watt Xenon lights beam into the sky every year from Ground Zero of the World Trade Center Twin Towers, giving powerful tribute to the iconic towers on the New York City skyline. The Tribute was originally supposed to be temporary, but since 2013 has been run every year on September 11. The lights are lit at sunset on 9/11 and are turned off at sunrise on 9/12. The tribute is easily visible from pretty much anywhere in and around Manhattan. For the best views, try Brooklyn Bridge Park. [spacer height="20px"] National September 11th Memorial and Museum [caption id="attachment_828" align="aligncenter" width="801"] 9/11 Memorial Fountain at Night[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_831" align="alignleft" width="302"] ‘Raising the Flag at Ground Zero’ by Thomas E. Franklin (Photo: 2001 The Record (Bergen Co. NJ)/Getty Images)[/caption] The National September 11 Memorial and Museum has recently acquired a long-lost flag pictured in a photo (left) of three firefighters lifting it from the rubble. You can now view the flag at the museum. Brand new art exhibit called Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11 opens on September 12th, showcasing responses and emotions tied to the even through artistic expression. On September 11, the 9/11 Museum and Memorial will be open only to the families of those affected and closed to the public, including New York Pass holders. The annual Commemoration Ceremony will live stream, starting at 8:46am. The Museum and Memorial reopens on September 12th. [spacer height="20px"] 9/11 Tribute Center [caption id="attachment_834" align="aligncenter" width="800"] 9/11 Tribute Center[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] The 9/11 Tribute Center is a small museum, founded and operated by the September 11th Families Association. It connects visitors with the authentic experiences through photos, video, audio recordings and artifacts. Leading up to the 15th anniversary, the Tribute Center will feature an increased number of their daily #My911Story presentations, which are designed to connect visitors with real survivors, their families and volunteers through their personal stories. The Tribute Center will be be open to the public after 1pm on September 11th. [spacer height="20px"] NYPD Parade [caption id="attachment_836" align="aligncenter" width="800"] NYPD Officers at the 9/11 Memorial | Photo by Jin Lee[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] The New York City Police Department will hold a special parade on Friday, September 9th to commemorate the 122 officer lost during or after 9/11.
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