Friday, April 29, 2011

Flushing, Queens, New York

Flushing, Queens, is now home to the largest concentration of Chinese in New York City. Close inspection reveals some fascinating architecture captured in a walking tour by the Queens Historical Society. I visited just after a rainfall, giving an amazing color profusion in the public hardens.

Noteworthy is St. George's Episcopal Church (1845) on Main St. Francis Lewis, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, served as a vestryman.

Aspinwall House (1792) is on Northern Blvd. across from the Flushing Town Hall (1862). I managed to get inside (see photo of main hallway), it is now a cultural center. The State Armory (1910) is also on Northern Blvd. The Flushing High School (1912) is an architectural gem, with a distinctive Neo-Gothic style featuring turrets and gargoyles. The previous building (1875) was the oldest free Public High School in NYC.

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