Flushing Town Hall Tour

Take a tour of the historic Flushing Town Hall in the heart of Flushing, Queens with the Hall’s Deputy Director Sami Abu Shumays. 

Highlights of  this tour include:

  • The artists’ dressing room, which used to be a former jail cell

  • The art gallery, which will showcase an exhibit from the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance

  • The state of the art theater which hosted many GRAMMY-winning artists, including André De Shields, Bill Charlap, and Gustavo Casenave, NEA Jazz Masters from Jimmy Heath to Sheila Jordan, and international performers from as far as South Korea. 

  • The former civic offices (which are now the gift shop), and former cafe and event hall (which are now Flushing Town Hall’s administrative offices)

After the tour, participants can go for dinner in the heart of Flushing (home to a diverse array of authentic, ethnic eateries) and return for a performance of Queens Jazz Orchestra: “Bird Flight” Honoring Phil Schaap and The Genius of Charlie Parker. Untapped City members can purchase their tickets in advance online with a 10% discount (Discount Code – UC10)

About the event:

The Romanesque Revival-style building was built in 1862 on the traditional land of the Matinecock People, one of the original tribes of New York and the first people of Flushing. 

The tour will explore the history of this picturesque building, which in the 19th and early 20th century was first used as civic offices, a courthouse, a bank, and later on as a jail, before becoming the cultural institution we know today.

A vibrant, multidisciplinary arts venue, Flushing Town Hall is celebrating its building’s 160th anniversary this June. The Smithsonian affiliate has become a popular venue for presenting global artists that engage and educate the global communities of New York City, and especially Queens, the most diverse borough on the planet. Its facilities once hosted a jazz club, and today Flushing Town Hall is the premier destination for great jazz in Queens, the borough so many jazz icons like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald have called home.

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