Ethic Queens and the “International Express”

Queens is considered the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, the most prominent of which are along the Flushing IRT 7 subway line.    Visit Woodside, Jackson Heights, Flushing Chinatown, and see the amazing mix of Thai, Indian, Filipino, Colombian, Dominican, and Ecuadorian culture ....



Woodside and Jackson Heights and its development and ethnic diversity

  • an extensive walk through commercial and residential streets
  • Architecture and apartment complexes and early ethnic exclusion
  • 74 St and 37 Ave. “Little India”
  • 82 St main throughfare


Willetts Point - Flushing Meadows Park

  • The legend of “Fishhooks” McCarthy and The Valley of Ashes: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Robert Moses
  • 1939 and 1964 Worlds Fairs’
  • How the Mets came to Flushing - Shea Stadium and Citifield
  • Unisphere and Queens Museum - NYC Panorama
  • Worth mentioning: Louis Armstrong Museum - Elmhurst


Flushing Chinatown

  • Early days of the “Town of Flushing” and Flushing Town Hall
  • NY area contains the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia
  • The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and its repeal in 1968
  • Flushing the largest and fastest growing Chinatown
  • Early “Little Taiwan”, then Cantonese, then Mandarin immigration
  • Expansion of Asian population further east in Queens



NOTE: On this walk please bring a METROCARD, either an unlimited ride pass or with at least THREE FARES since we will be using the subway intermittently.    After the walk, enjoy on your own a lunch in Flushing Chinatown, or backtrack to Jackson Heights or Woodside for one of many ethnic choices.   Perhaps take a stroll through Flushing Meadow Park and visit the Queens Museum NYC Panorama and the Unisphere.













Google maps - approximate route in 2 sections (walk in Flushing Meadow Park only if time permits) ...







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