Saturday The ICP Boro Walks hopped on the 7 train as Siobhan Landry led a walk to the new Brooklyn: Queens! (If you read the New York Real Estate sections at least).
Siobhan filling in the troops
Queens is touted as being one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world. With over 100 different countries represented in its population, that makes sense to me.
This church billboard gives a small taste.
We walked through Flushing to reach our first stop.
Our first stop was the Voelker Orth Museum and Victorian Gardens. Their Mission Statement:
“The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, through the experience of an immigrant family’s 1890s home, preserves and interprets the cultural and horticultural heritage of Flushing, Queens and adjacent communities to engage their ever-changing populations.”
The caretaker, I believe his name is Woodley (the only problem with being the wrangler on the Boro Tours is I occasionally miss introductions and names, my apologies), gave our group a very interesting tour of the newly renovated and reopened home.
After that we headed off to the park and area around The Queens Historical Society.
Then off to the Bowne Street Community Church.
As we walked to Main Street, the heart of Flushing and the heart of Queens Chinatown, we ran into this young lady who had some interesting ideas on The “holy land”, The USA, Persia and god.
Then we hit Main Street and spent some time wandering awhile.
Then it was off to dinner at Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan for a delightful (if cramped)meal.