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Where to eat and what to do in Flushing, Queens: Chinatown, Queens Botanical Garden, more

When you think of Flushing, you probably think of dim sum — and for good reason. However, the diverse neighborhood has much more to offer than just delectable dumplings. (Although we’ll recommend a couple of places for good measure — Flushing is, after all, home to Queens’ Chinatown.)

When you step off the last Queens stop on the No. 7 train, you might, for a brief moment, think you teleported to a Hong Kong neighborhood.

But Flushing has hosted a wide range of groups over the centuries: the Matinecock Indians once lived there, then later in the 1600s the area became home to a Dutch settlement called Vlissingen (“Flushing” comes from a mispronunciation of the name by the English).

Now, the area is one of the most diverse in the city and walking down its streets is proof. Before you head out, here’s some of what you shouldn’t miss in one of New York City’s iconic neighborhoods.

amNewYork staff