[EPISODE] The Many Flavors of Flushing, Queens
Join us this week as we journey to Flushing, one of Queens’s oldest communities.
Jeff kicks off his show by introducing his guest Jeffrey. Jeffrey starts about his knowledge of the history of today’s neighborhood, Flushing Queens. He talks about the original ways of transportation around Queens and getting to Flushing. He also mentions the periods going from Urban to Suburban. Jeffrey talks about the Quakers originally in Flushing, and the oldest house in Queens, the John Bound house. Jeffrey talks about the surprising religious struggle in Queens and how people were not allowed to worship what they wanted. Jeffrey talks about the different “towns” in the midst of Queens.
Jeffrey talks about the work he has done in the past. Jeffrey talks about all the different nurseries in Queens and how it used to be a hub of fruit and vegetables. He moves on to talk about the Queensboro library, and how it is one of the oldest library system in the city. Jeffrey continues about how the city of New York (Manhattan) wanted Queens to be a part because they knew they needed more land and for people to spread out. Queens and Flushing was also a big hub for movies before Hollywood. Jeffrey continues about the “Valley of Ashes” also known as a part of Queens near Flushing, that was dumped with coal ash. In an effort to reverse this trash, the World’s Fair was held in Flushing Meadows Park.
Jeff starts by introducing his second guest, an architect Ning Lu. Ning Lu talks about her background and being born in China. She talks about her family and how she got interested in architecture as a child. Ning talks about how it was getting to start her own company, and what it was like when she first came to New York. Ning talks about her current project and how it is the one that she is most proud of.
Ning Lu talks about her favorite things about living in Flushing and how her building and business has changed in Flushing in the past ten years– including, more people living there, and new buildings are constantly going up. Ning talks about how Flushing is a transit hub and you can get pretty much anywhere. Ning compares Flushing to Chinatown and talks about how it’s bigger and cleaner. She also talks about her struggles with Flushing and the main one being: traffic. Ning talks about how Flushing is truly flourishing and how it is constantly growing, while Ning gets a chance to shape the way the neighborhood looks.