BY JOE MARVILLI
Last week, the Flushing Chinese Business Association revealed a new resource for tourists and City residents alike.
On Aug 15., the organization unveiled its downtown Flushing map, a guide to the couple of miles that make up the community’s business hub. The purpose of the map is to encourage visitors to the neighborhood, whether from nearby or afar, to shop, eat and explore all that Flushing has to offer.
The map came from the efforts of the FCBA and James Chen, the creator of flushingfood.com. Whereas flushingfood.com featured restaurants in the area, the Flushing Map lists all of the essential dining, shopping and entertainment options in downtown Flushing. Chen said that the maps will be distributed in the 19 hotels in downtown Flushing, so tourists can take advantage of all that the neighborhood has to offer, rather than just jumping on a 7 train to the City.
“This map allows the tourists and travelers to stay in downtown Flushing. Every business will benefit from this map,” Chen said. “We have more than just food and shopping in downtown Flushing. We have a lot of history in Flushing.”
The map, written in English and Chinese, lists everything from banks to restaurants, fast food joints to shopping centers, City services to historical houses. Several business leaders from the neighborhood were on hand to praise the new map.
“We are pleased to be part of a community that is vibrant and growing. We will do whatever we can to participate in that growth,” Sky View Center’s general manager, Daryl Finn, said.
Several coupons come with the map as well, including 15 percent off at Foo Chow Day Spa and free admission for four to the Queens Botanical Garden.
“The tennis matches, they’re starting soon. The hotels will be packed. This is perfect,” State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) said. “I certainly hope this will encourage people to stay in Flushing and eat at our restaurants.”
Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) agreed on the usefulness of the new resource, stating that it contributes to Flushing’s attractiveness to visitors.
“This map is very important. I found some new businesses here I didn’t know about,” he said. “Flushing will be a destination for many tourists.”
Assemblyman Ron Kim’s (D-Flushing) chief of staff, Yuh-line Niou, added that the map will show off and attract customers to the neighborhood’s diverse offerings.
“We have so many different, diverse foods and different, diverse fun things to do. It’s really great that this is something that can showcase all of that,” she said. “I am very excited to see it grow.”
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said that the map will not only help tourists, but also get the word out and increase profits for businesses in the area.
“When we say we want to help small businesses, this is a great first step,” he said. “This is really the crossroads for Queens right here.”
According to Chen, the map will be updated, particularly online, every month, making way for new businesses. To download the map/coupons or view more information, visit http://flushingmap.com.
“We love this country. We love this community,” FCBA president Peter Tu said. “We care about the future of Flushing.”
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @JoeMarvilli.