To New Yorkers, making the trip to Flushing usually means catching a baseball game at Citi Field or hunting down the best the Far East has to offer in its vibrant Chinatown. The historic town of Flushing is a microcosm of a larger city, with a bustling downtown area, fantastic restaurants, and the bucolic Flushing Meadows Corona Park nearby. Flushing may seem like a strange name for a neighborhood, but it's an English adaption of the original (and hard-to-pronounce) Dutch name Vlissingen (the Dutch named it for a favorite port city in the Netherlands).
Next door, quiet Corona could easily be overlooked, but that would be a mistake, with attractions like the Queens Zoo, Queens Museum, and New York Hall of Science spilling over into the neighborhood from within Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Here you also find two huge legacies: the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the cooling Italian ices at neighborhood institution the Lemon Ice King of Corona.