Flushing, Queens is one of most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the United States and one of the few NYC neighborhoods which boasts buildings still standing from the 1600's. Among these are the John Bowne house built in the year 1661. Flushing began its European history as the Dutch town of Vlissingen, part of New Netherland and is important in the establishment of religious freedom in America -- in part due to a group of English Quakers who settled in the area. We'll learn about Flushing's interesting history visit many historic sites in the area.
As a special treat, we'll visit the home of Lewis Latimer, an African-American inventor who worked with three of the greatest scientific inventors in American history, including Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram S. Maxim, and Thomas Alva Edison. He played a critical role in the development of the telephone and, as Edison's chief draftsman, he invented and patented the carbon filament, a significant improvement in the production of the incandescent light bulb. Over the course of his career, Latimer supervised the installation of street lighting and the construction of electric plants in many American cities, as well as London and Montreal.
Before heading back home there will be an option to try some local cuisine. - perhaps taking advantage of the Asian flavor of the neighborhood: Over 50% of the population is Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, or Southeast Asian