Ever wanted to travel back in time and gain in inside look at a neighborhood landmark in New York City from a brand new perspective? Join Untapped New York Insiders on Friday, June 17th from 5 pm to tour historic Flushing Town Hall in Queens. The historic, Civil War-era building is a New York City landmark, and has hosted everyone from international music sensations to artists to prisoners over the years.

Now a multicultural arts hub, the building hosts performances, live music, art exhibits, workshops and more, serving the Flushing community and those visiting from nearby areas. Celebrating their 160th anniversary this year, Flushing Town Hall has partnered with Untapped New York Insiders to offer an exclusive look at the building’s rich and varied history over the years to our Insiders, revealing the evolution of this mainstay landmark in the Flushing, Queens landscape.

Visitors will tour the venue while the celebrated Queens Jazz Orchestra is cueing up, getting a behind-the-scenes experience of musicians preparing for this live event both on stage and in the dressing rooms, which have been repurposed from their original use as jail cells.

exterior view of Flushing Town Hall.

Tour Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall dressing room with furniture in a brick room that was a jail cell formerly.
The dressing room at Flushing Town Hall was converted from the building’s jail cells.

Friday, June 17th at 5 pm, Untapped New York Insiders will have an intimate tour inside the Smithsonian Institute-affiliated cultural hub, gaining access to 160 years of history embedded within this Romanesque Revival treasure. This tour is free for Untapped New York Insiders (with code JOINUS your first month of membership is completely free!) Insiders will gain a perspective of Flushing Town Hall’s past and present uses in this exclusive experience.

The imposing building – one of a group of historic structures still standing in Flushing – served as a town hall from its early days during the Civil War-era until just before the turn of the century, when Flushing became a part of New York City and the building was turned into a courthouse. Over the years it has hosted a police precinct, a jazz club, a bank, a library and a dinner club before becoming a landmarked building in 1967.

Flushing Town Hall garden

Flushing Town Hall has changed hands and served a range of community needs over the years, and now in its 160th year, it serves as a cornerstone for arts and culture in Flushing, Queens. With a multicultural lens reflecting community members with cultural links to China, Korea, the West Indies, Latin America, and other regions, Flushing Town Hall hosts a variety of art exhibitions and performances in this spectacular, multi-use space.

Flushing Town Hall concert hall

Guests onsite for the Untapped New York Insiders tour – which guests can join by enrolling in their first month of Insiders for free with code JOINUS – will learn about the vibrant history of Flushing Town Hall. At the conclusion of the tour, visitors can make their dinner plans among the gastronomic offerings in the area before returning to enjoy an evening of Jazz celebrating Queens legend Phil Schaap, renowned Charlie Parker historian, and Charlie “The Bird” Parker himself in a night of tunes played by the Queens Jazz Orchestra for Jazz Appreciation month. Untapped New York Insiders will receive a code for a special 10% off the evening’s performance.

Flushing Town Hall, located on Northern Boulevard and Linden Place in Flushing Queens, celebrates 160 years old this week. Untapped New York welcomes visitors to uncover the hidden histories of this historic, resilient building as part of this exclusive Insiders tour.

exterior view of Flushing Town Hall.

Tour Flushing Town Hall

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