Exploring the Diverse World of Flushing, New York

As if looking for an extra cultural shock I ventured out to Flushing, Queens on the Christmas Day. The neighborhood may look far away from the city if you glance at a map, but in fact one can get there in little time on the convenient 7 train right from Grand Central. Why should you go to Flushing? Because it’s none of the New York City you’ve never seen before.

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Flushing is New York’s latest hot spot for new immigrants and that has created an immensely diverse cultural and religious field
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New World Mall – one of the many multi-purpose spaces that locals spend time in (don’t be deceived by the word “mall”)
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For a stories dinner, take the stairs up in the New World mall for Daxi Sichuan
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Morning Glory is a quirky gift and stationery shop with less-known Korean brands
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The challenging address convention of Queens is at times doubled in its complexity in Flushing
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As if from a different world, Ipda is a small boutique featuring up-and-coming Korean brands
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A common detail in Flushing’s main streets is the stairs that are accessible right from the sidewalk and usually lead to businesses tucked above or below the street
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Mi Tea is an excellent tea spot from a new Chinese brand featuring innovative brews and ways to prepare the drink
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While it usually takes a few minutes for tea to steep, at Mi Tea an innovative lineup of special mixers prepare the drink in a few seconds
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The cup in Mi Tea has been fully redesigned and features a very convenient lid
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Super HK Supermarket, one of the many diverse food markets in the area
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Take the steps down to the basement at Super HK Supermarket for an array of authentic prepared Asian food
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I went for shrimp dumplings
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The yummy stand at Koryodang, one of the dozens of pastry cafes – a simple stopover for lunch
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Newspaper stands featuring free local papers

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