Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 26th 2011
Flushing New York located in the north central park of Queens was one of the first Dutch settlements in the state. It now has one of the largest diverse populations in the New York City area. Some of the ethnic groups represented include Asian, Hispanic, African American, European and Middle Eastern.
One of the most unique places in Flushing is the headquarters of the New York City Police Task Force. This unit is housed in a former castle complete with turrets. Although no tours are conducted there is a room that contains a history of the castle including pictures and articles about the different uses of the castle since it was built in 1905.
The Quaker Meeting House is the oldest place of worship in New York City and was the first spot in the "new world" to promote universal religious freedom. During the Civil War it was the center of the movement to stop slavery and was known as the "Grand Central Station" of the Underground Railroad. The building was erected in 1694 and the wood used was from an old sailing ship. The building is still in operation and is used for Quaker meetings and other local functions.
Children will enjoy the many parks in Flushing including the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home to what is known as a "Playground For All Children". This area is accessible to handicapped and non handicapped kids. At Meadow Lake Park families can go boating and fishing as well as visit the aviation museum.
Baseball and Tennis have roots in Flushing. The New York Mets ball team call Flushing home and play their games at Citi Field. Flushing is also home to the U.S. Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. At the center is a collection of exhibits and articles concerning tennis. The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament is held here each year but the courts are open to the public year round.
If you have a food allergy or are a vegetarian, Flushing is the place to eat. Many of the restaurants in the area specialize only in vegetarian fare or offer wheat and lactose free foods such as Happy Buddha. Many all organic restaurants and markets can be found in the area as well. Some of the restaurants also have grocery store that carry allergy free foods on the premises as well.