The New York City hot dog, best served street side doused in ketchup and mustard, is both gritty and served quickly—indeed an emblem of the city itself. Each urban space and culture around the world develops its own street food, from currywurst in Berlin to porchetta sandwiches in Rome. In many instances street food is one of the most authentic and accessible foods one can eat in a foreign country, presenting culinary traditions adopted to modern urban centers.
When people talk about jazz history in New York City, they usually talk about Harlem and Greenwich Village. Indeed, Harlem was full of jazz clubs in the 1920s, like the Apollo and the Cotton Club. But if you were going to trace jazz back to its true home, you’d have to go to Queens, where many of the musicians who performed in Manhattan’s clubs lived. The Queens Jazz Trail Map by Ephemera Press was commissioned by Flushing Town Hall to show the homes of jazz legends and places of interest for jazz fans. (more…)
While “architecture” and Flushing are not two words that are normally associated, we hope you’ll be surprised to find quite a range of unique buildings and structures, ranging from an abandoned movie theater, a wooden Quaker Meeting house, stately government buildings, and the remains of the World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows.
Throughout the past several decades, Flushing, Queens has become one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic Chinese diasporas outside of Asia, even within New York City itself. Flushing can be quite daunting to the outsider who’s not familiar with the area or traditional Chinese cuisine. Fortunately, after many visits through the bustling streets, seemingly endless restaurants, and surrounding parks, we have put together a day long walking guide to help give you a taste of the food, sightseeing attractions, and culture. Read on after for this guide for the top architectural sites in Flushing.
There’s probably a restaurant serving every cuisine in the world in New York City, but making authentic curry, dumplings, clotted cream or injera bread in your own kitchen gets tricky without the right ingredients. We go on a shopping spree for some of the more unconventional grocery list items at New York’s ethnic markets, starting with Asian groceries. (more…)
The 1939 World’s Fair in New York City may have the longer legacy in our collective memory, with its forward-looking Futurama exhibit, but it’s the 1964 World’s Fair which remains in our built environment. With a theme of “Peace Through Understanding,” the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair became the second world’s fair to be held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It led to the creation of the iconic Unisphere, the New York State Pavilion, and the observatory towers, made famous in the film Men in Black.