Exploring Historic Flushing Queens

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 


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  • Joe C.

    Learning about Lewis Latimer was very interesting, but I felt that too great a proportion of our time was spent at the house, and would have preferred more exploration.

    May 20, 2014

    • PEGGY K.

      Joe I felt the same ...and with such a crowd did not work so well in that small room ...but so appreciated getting a special opening for us

      May 20, 2014

  • Paulette

    A great introduction to a fascinating area. Thank you, Hank!

    May 19, 2014

  • rie

    Thank you so much for the tour, Hank. My first Queens experience was just wonderful also with nice people and food!

    May 18, 2014

  • Wayne

    Exiting, interesting, a look back at New York's early beginning. Thank you, Hank!!!!!!

    May 18, 2014

  • Joseph D B.

    It was a very nice walk with a nice group of people. The Latimer house was the highlight of the walk. I never heard of lewis latimer and it was very interesting to see his home and learn about his accomplishments.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Marjorie

    Nice afternoon! Thanks, Hank!

    May 17, 2014

  • Melissa

    Perfect day, loved the neighborhood, heavenly weather, great group, Thanks!

    May 17, 2014

  • Jon

    Excellent tour!

    May 17, 2014

  • PEGGY K.

    Great thanks Hank did not get to say good bye .... see u on next meetup ...left at Latimore house

    May 17, 2014

  • Kristina

    Had to run back to get my phone. Don't think I can get there on time. So sorry to miss Hank's great walks!

    May 17, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Just reminding people that there is a $3.00 admission to the Latimer House Museum, we pay there. For those who wish to stay in the neighborhood for lunch I suggest to also bring extra cash. See you Saturday!

    May 16, 2014

  • Mary

    I'm on the wait list for this walk, but I'm sorry I will not be able to make it. Perhaps someone else on the wait list will be able to go in my place if there is a cancellation Many thanks,
    Mary

    May 15, 2014

  • Jessica

    I would've loved to come but looks like I'll be working.. hopefully I'll catch another meet up one day soon!

    May 15, 2014

  • Jessica

    I would've loved to come but looks like I'll be working.. hopefully I'll catch another meet up one day soon!

    May 15, 2014

  • PEGGY K.

    so looking forward to this meet up... as I had lived in Queens many years.. never really knew that much about Flushing..................

    May 15, 2014

  • Jon

    This looks like it's going to be an excellent adventure. Plus the weather report is looking good!

    May 15, 2014

  • Hank O.

    According to the MTA websites the #7 is running between Times Square and Main Street Flushing this weekend.

    May 15, 2014

  • Aurelia S.

    I am having surgery on Saturday, but I hope you do this again when I am able to return to doing your walk. I have will miss these love during my recuperation period.

    May 12, 2014

  • Hank O.

    We pay at Latimer House not in advance.

    May 12, 2014

  • Hank O.

    There will be a $3 contribution/admission per person for The Latimer House Museum. Since you were not informed initially of this charge (just found out), feel free to pay this instead of the contribution you would ordinarily give me.

    May 12, 2014

  • PEGGY K.

    12 on list ... lets see what happens... would love this also................

    April 7, 2014

  • Marie:110

    Hank, please, please, please do this walk again. I can't make this date. I've live in Flushing since 1975 & would love to learn more of the history than I currently know. Thank you!!!

    April 7, 2014

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