The ‘Asian Zone’ in NY… With American Style (Part 2)

The Bowne Park is a popular place in Flushing for the children and families, due to its green areas, small lake and play area.

The Bowne Park is a popular place in Flushing for the children and families, due to its green areas, small lake and play area.

Flushing also offers a quiet family atmosphere.

But, even, far from its noisy but attractive commercial area, in this neighborhood the good food continues to be the best pleasure.

Towards the east of Flushing you can locate the middle-class homes, whose families have an average income of $58,933 annually, according to the Census Bureau United States.

There are the American style houses, yes, like you see in the movies, with wonderful green and colorful gardens and ceilings with two, three or more waterfalls.

If you walk for Roosevelt Boulevard, to Long Island, you will find the multifamily buildings of three, four or even more than ten floors; but if you advance for the parallel avenues crossing Northern Boulevard you might bump into houses with similar characteristics, because the owners have to follow the codes of the Buildings Department of New York.

Every day, persons from the Sanitation Department clean the streets, according to the schedules indicated on all roads, preventing parking on different days between 7, 8 or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The private gardens are taken care of by contractors who employ mainly Latinos. They are responsible to show off the splendid gardens.

It is easy find American food restaurants on Northern Boulevard, the main street in Flushing.

It is easy find American food restaurants on Northern Boulevard, the main street in Flushing.

Take a walk on Flushing’s streets is nice, especially close to its parks like Bowne, one of the most frequently visited by its neighbors. It has spacious green areas, a pond with ducks, as well as basketball courts and children amenities.

In the summer, it is common to find children playing in the park, as well as families on picnic; dogs lovers with their pets, and even some people sunbathing in a swimsuit. The coexistence is based on respect.

Also in the park the presence of Asian population is constant, especially elderly people, who go to walk, practice tai chi, stretching exercises, read the newspaper, enjoy the lunch, drink coffee or just have a chat with friends.

During the fall, as in much of the northern of United States, the yellows and ocher’s overshadow the green of some trees whose leaves are resisting-or should- not change color.

In the autumn, the yellows and the ochres of the trees stand out in parks and private gardens.

In the autumn, the yellows and the ochres of the trees stand out in parks and private gardens.

“I love living here. They take care of the park and the people here are very nice”, expresses a sexagenarian who is walking her little York Share.

Close of Bowne Park, at Northern Boulevard, it’s  easy to find Chinese and Korean restaurants, but also places of international food, like French, Greek, Mexican, Argentinean, American, small pizzerias, known franchise like Domino’s or Pizza Hut, and the inevitable fast food of Burger King, McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The locals and experts enlist some of can’t miss places: Siruyeon, specializing in rice Korean style; La Baraka, French food; Café Salamanca, of Spanish specialties; Mythos, Greek-style food, or Korean Kumgangsan which also open 24 hours. Even there are so many coffee shops to enjoy a good American, latte, decaf or tea and its respective dessert.

After leaving the terminal of the 7 subway line you can walk to the south of Flushing, but you have to be patient, because you will have to move in the middle of the crowd around several streets, because various commences such as clothing stores, shoe stores, tools, flower shops and, of course restaurants!

If you don’t like the crowd, don’t worry, you will forget it, because for four dollars you will enjoy 28 kinds of gardens: American style, the bee, a wetland, a green roof, a source forming circular garden, a space roses and even a wedding venue. All those small paradises, and others, are in the Queens Botanical Garden.

This place is one of the best scenarios for the famous selfies or for group shots; as well as the Kissena corridor, which is steps away and has large green areas and a lake which contributes in the tranquility of the area.

There are more parks where the neighbors go to jogging, playing basketball, baseball, or just have a good time with friends and family.

The Flushing’s crown is undoubtedly the Park Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center, which is also house of the Queens Museum, the Citi Field Stadium-home of the Mets-and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium.

The park is being located right in the middle of Queens, maybe for that it is frequently visited by hundreds of Latinos, who make children’s parties or roasts. Even, the weekends can be crowded, because of the soccer tournaments and because there is a public swimming pool and a space to practice hockey.

The Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center stand out for the Unifesfera, a sculpture of the Earth positioned over a fountain very popular in the summer.

The Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center stand out for the Unifesfera, a sculpture of the Earth positioned over a fountain very popular in the summer.

In addition to the Citi Field, the park is easy to identify by the Unisfera, a steel sculpture of the Earth, placed on a big circular fountain, which in the summer is one of the main attractions for locals and visitors.

Do you remember the UFO where the giant cockroach of movie Men in Black wanted to return to its planet? Well you can’t leave the Meadows Corona before you take a look at the Observation Towers –by the way, they say that the towers are not UFO-. This place is part of the New York State Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, in the sixties of the 20th century.

This is Flushing, a neighborhood with high Asian presence, which is mainly noticed by its commerce and restaurants, because in fact, the American touch –I have to correct, the New Yorker touch- is contributed by its multiculturalism.

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Flushing in images

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