The cold weather can wreck havoc on our desire to go outdoors. While the snow is inviting, sometimes you just need a break. That’s the perfect time to take a small weekend trip. Downtown Flushing in New York is the perfect getaway for students looking to explore different cultures or embrace their own ethnic background. Flushing is just over 30 miles and about an hour drive, or ride, from Stamford. Best known for its restaurants, bakeries, Asian specialty stores and proximity to major attractions in Queens, downtown Flushing is the perfect weekend getaway.
Downtown Flushing is a large commercial and retail area and is the fourth largest central business district in New York City. While the neighborhood has the feel of an Asian city, there are still numerous ethnic groups that reside there. Many locals describe the city as being a place where they’re able to enjoy the foods of their childhood, but also the freedoms of America. Main Street features Candy Shop USA where wasabi pistachios are sold and a new Bodai vegetarian restaurant that offers a variety of vegan meats from chicken to jellyfish. New World Mall is one of the main attractions within the area and is the largest indoor Asian mall on the east coast. On the upper level of the mall, shoppers will find stores selling groceries, cosmetics, clothing and electronics. On the ground floor, a huge food court is set up where food from all over the world can be found. There are vendors that serve stir-fries, soups, dumplings, bubble teas, hand-pulled noodles and a large variety of fish. (more…)