With a storied history dating back to the 1640s, Flushing is one of the oldest communities in Queens and was one of just five original towns to be part of Queens County back in the 17th century. Nowadays, Flushing is known as one of New York City's melting pots and for its large Chinese and immigrant communities, with approximately two-thirds of residents in the neighborhood being foreign-born. Flushing Chinatown is one of the largest and fastest growing in the world and rivals Manhattan's Chinatown in size, importance, and cultural influence. As you might imagine this has made the neighborhood a foodies paradise, with restaurant goers making the trek to Flushing from all over the city. When it comes to real estate, prices in Flushing pale in comparison to other neighborhoods, making it popular for those looking for great value. The tradeoff, however, is a longer commute as it can take 45 minutes to an hour train ride to get into Midtown Manhattan, and even longer to make it to Downtown Brooklyn.