A Web Guide to ‘Flushing Fantastic’

One of many events that Flushingfantastic.nyc is featuring: the Queens Interfaith Unity Walk scheduled for Oct. 15, starting at the Free Synagogue of Flushing. (Screen shot from Flushingfantastic.nyc)

Flushing Fantastic, a new web portal for visitors to the bustling Queens neighborhood, was unveiled last week by Asian Americans for Equality and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Times Ledger and the Queens Examiner reported on the new website, which offers everything from summaries of the various kinds of Chinese cuisine available in Flushing, with recommended stops, to descriptions of historic landmarks like the Friends Meeting House and Flushing Town Hall.

A calendar of events is available, as are links to “iconic shopping malls,” local hotels and information about special tours. Flushing, writes Benjamin Fang in Queens Examiner, is the city’s fourth largest commercial district, and with this move it “is officially putting its small businesses on the digital map.” A grant from the city’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helped launch the new marketing campaign.

“Whatever you can think of, we have it here,” said Councilman Peter Koo. “People can come here to enjoy their day of eating, shopping and cultural events.

Gina Martinez, writing in Times Ledger, notes that the portal “also allows the public to share comments, feedback and their ideas” by contacting the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.

John Choe, executive director of the GFCC, said Flushing Fantastic allows users to enjoy the real Flushing.

“Flushing Fantastic recognizes our community’s transition from the margins to the center,” he said. “By showcasing the stories of those who struggled and overcame the odds, we chronicle a neighborhood that has become the real New York — a place where people from around the world make their home, share their unique culture, and enjoy the best America has to offer.”

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