Flushing, Queens is one of the most vibrant, culturally diverse, and historic places in New York City. It has adventurous dining options, traditional and modern clothing stores, quiet parks and a botanical garden, and both historic and new architecture, as well as many Chinese and Korean gems. With famous sites like Citi Field and Flushing-Meadows Park, people from all over the U.S. travel to Flushing yearly, many stopping in downtown for delicious Chinese cuisine and views of Manhattan.
Yet, Flushing has a fascinating history to it dating back over 400 years to the arrival of Dutch settlers. While we think of Flushing today as one of the most built-up areas of Queens, many of these historical sites still remain amidst very modern developments. What many New York residents don’t know is that Flushing houses a Freedom Mile, which contains over fifteen historical sites that are off the beaten path, each with their own complex history. But beyond that, there are more hidden gems tucked right in the midst of Flushing’s built environment if you know where to look.
World’s Fair Time Capsule
In Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, an 800-pound tube that comprises 35 items like copies of Life magazine, seeds preserved in inert argon and nitrogen gas, and a Sears Roebuck catalogue was lowered 50 feet into the ground on September 23, 1938. The capsule was buried at the site of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company exhibit at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair.
The capsule is to be unearthed in 5,000 years, and a report was published on how to properly recover it if geographic boundaries or even loss of modern timekeeping changes. You can find a marker to the time capsule in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and learn more about this and other secrets on our Tour of the Remnants of the World’s Fairs.