New York City’s Flushing and Shopping at Macy’s
By Wuzhi Lu
New York City has long been a welcoming destination for visitors from all around the world. Nearly every culture is represented in the city in its visitors and boroughs, and everywhere you go, you will hear multiple languages spoken. On my recent trip to the big city, I visited all of the fantastic city landmarks and the vibrant ethnic community of Flushing, Queens, which has seen a large-scale migration from China. Here, I enjoyed the legendary shopping at Macy’s, authentic Asian cuisine and a visit to some of the neighborhood’s interesting landmarks.
Macy's Store in Flushing
The Macy's store in Flushing is located right next to Central Avenue. Unique to this store are not only its location and clientele but also its reflection of the neighborhood – you will find that many of the salesmen and the customers are Asian, and you’ll also still find the personalized service America’s largest department store chain is known for. In order to meet the neighborhood’s expectations, the clothes sold here are often more in accordance with Asian styles. Personally, I picked up Lancome’s Genifique in a little black bottle, and my friends back home in China were very impressed.
Dining and Leisure in Flushing
Whether it’s for sightseeing, shopping or dining, Flushing is a great destination. If it’s fresh food you seek, you’ll notice that Flushing is full of fruit stands and vegetable stalls. If you want to eat authentic Chinese food, not far from Macy's is my favorite restaurant, Dip Dip Hot Pot. The restaurant uses antique design, with an engaging waterfall decoration at the entrance. Here they serve a variety of food such as duck, beef, mutton and fish – just about anything you could ask for. There are also more than 20 kinds of small plates, so you can create your own meal.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
After your meal, visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a walk. This is where the U.S. Open tennis tournament is held. Every summer, the top tennis players from around the world compete here. The park is popular with nearby residents. It has a huge fountain in the center and the Unisphere, an iconic globe sculpture that served as the centerpiece for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The park has large tracts of green space and lakes. Many students come here after school to play football, and for younger children, there's a carousel and children's playground.
Speaking of families, there are multiple places that cater to them in the park. The Queens Zoo is in Flushing, and it’s great for a day out with the children. The New York Hall of Science will entertain everyone in the family. At the Queens Museum of Art, there is an unbelievable scaled model of the entire city of New York. You can really appreciate just how dense the city is when you see every building, bridge and park laid out before your eyes.
If you are planning to travel to New York, you should also go to Flushing. It’s such a colorful place pick up a few gifts, dine on authentic Asian cuisines and enjoy some really neat attractions.