Is it just me or was this a long week? My day job has me driving to and from Long Island on the Van Wyck Expressway every day.  It’s stressful, exhausting, and forces me to cram my errands into the very short weekend.  So I thought to myself, why not bring you along? And so I am. It is with great pride that I now introduce you to my hometown of Flushing.

Established in 1645 as a Dutch Colony, it is known as the “birthplace of religious freedom in the New World” (Wikipedia,,_Queens).  The fact that I live within walking distance of every major religion’s house of worship is testament to that fact.  Flushing is located in Queens, NY, a borough known as one of the most ethnically diverse districts in the entire country, a true melting pot of cultures.  And food.

Flushing is just as eclectic as it is multicultural.  You’ll find remnants of its colonial past in addition to our Asian present.

Home to the third busiest intersection in New York City, Flushing is crowded and fast-paced.  We’ve all learned to keep up with the hustle and bustle.  Though, that can also be exhausting!  Fortunately, we’ve got an excellent bus system to supplement our 7 train service for commuting.

Today, however, I walked it all! Round-trip, I did about two miles total but it was a fun journey.  Documenting my hometown forced me to examine what makes my town unique.  Lots of mom-and-pop shops with a vibrant Asian community.

First on my list of errands today was a stop to get my eyebrows threaded.  I’ve been going to Maldi Beauty Salon for nearly a year now and they do not disappoint. 

From there, I walked a quarter of a mile to the bank and stopped to grab a picture of Main St and Roosevelt Ave.

Then it was time to get a manicure at my favorite nail salon in Flushing, Enjoy Nail & Spa.  I went with light pink for this week!

Finally, a stop at Fay Da Bakery to pick up some sweets for a friend’s birthday.

Top it off with a pleasant mile walk back home in some sunny weather for this first day of Autumn and I’d say my Saturday has been off to a great start!

Hope you have a great week! I’m off to the New York Renaissance Faire tomorrow and I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes!

What are your plans for this first weekend of Fall?

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