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Main Street NYC: Flushing

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Most New Yorkers know they can take the IRT 7 train to get to the Mets ballpark and the U.S. Open, but they’re less familiar with a booming neighborhood just one Subway stop after Willets Point. Main Street in downtown Flushing is thriving and its restaurants, retail stores, banks and offices serve as a major hub to the region.

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The 7 Train terminal, Main Street station, about 45 minutes from Times Square.

The 7 Train terminal, Main Street station, about 45 minutes from Times Square.

The LIRR tracks hang over Main Street, near its intersection with Kissena Boulevard.

The LIRR tracks hang over Main Street, near its intersection with Kissena Boulevard.

According to the U.S. Census, the top categories for businesses in Flushing are the retail sector and “other services,” such as beauty salons, religious organizations, and general automotive repair, etc.

Peter Koo re-opened the original Starside Drugs (blue awning), at 41-16 Main Street, in 1991 after its previous owners were forced out by escalating rent costs.

Peter Koo re-opened the original Starside Drugs (blue awning), at 41-16 Main Street, in 1991 after its previous owners were forced out by escalating rent costs.

Joseph Vee says his customers are keeping their cars longer, and his business went up last year.

Joseph Vee says his customers are keeping their cars longer, and his business went up last year.

Joseph Vee opened New Amber Auto Service on 41st Avenue in 1978. He says he bought a $15,000 nitrogen refill system last May - when high gas prices went out of control – because nitrogen-filled tires are said to stay properly inflated longer than air-filled ones, and help improve fuel-efficiency. Vee says he charges very little for the use of the machine, and that’s brought him more business.

Roger Lo, a real estate broker in downtown Flushing for nearly three decades.

Roger Lo, a real estate broker in downtown Flushing for nearly three decades.

Roger Lo says most commercial vacancies in the downtown hub are quickly snatched as new immigrants keep settling in Queens, in large part due to good school districts nearby, like in Bayside and Fresh Meadows.

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