Flushing, Queens

Flushing Unisphere


Located at the center of the radial pathways in the northern half of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke (1892–1982) and erected by the American Bridge Division of the United States Steel Corporation. The sphere features representations of the continents and major mountain ranges in relief, and is encircled by three giant orbital rings that represent the tracks of early satellites. The capital cities of the world are marked by lenses which, during the fair, were illuminated by flashing lights. The Unisphere celebrated both the dawn of the space age and the fair’s broader theme of “Peace Through Understanding". It has since become a beloved symbol of Queens.

Flushing, Queens

Flushing was originally inhabited by the Matinecoc Indians prior to colonialization and English settlement. On October 10, 1645, Flushing was established by the Dutch on the eastern bank of Flushing Creek under charter of the Dutch West India Company and was part of the New Netherland colony. The settlement was named after the city of Vlissingen, in the southwestern Netherlands, the main port of the company. However, by 1657, the residents called the place "Vlissing." Eventually, "Flushing", the British name for Vlissingen, was used. The original name is supposedly derived from the Dutch word "fles" which means "bottle." Today, Flushing has cemented its status as an international melting pot, predominantly attracting immigrants from Asia, particularly from throughout the various provinces of China, but including newcomers from all over the world. However, Flushing continues to expand southeastward along Kissena Boulevard and northward beyond Northern Boulevard. Flushing houses over 30,000 individuals born in China alone, the largest group by this metric outside Asia and one of the largest and fastest-growing neighborhood in the world.


Personal Connection

Flushing is the first place I came to when my parents and I moved from India. For me it was big difference because being in India for over 13 years and moving to anew location was a huge change. I was very much worried about my studies and whether I would be a social outcast. But, to my surprise flushing was beautiful, there were a lot of indians who helped me and my parents with the transitioning. It was big difference. Sometimes I wonder what would have occured if I wasn't in flushing and maybe ended up in Manhattan. Sure, I think it maybe be great and most people would choose Manhattan, but, if you are new to the country and want to be socially diverisifed, I don't think the answer might be the same. Today, flushing is my home and neighborhood, it is place I know I can go and fit in perfectly. With it's beautiful parks, facilities and restaurants I am proud to say that I am from Flushing, Queens.