Explore local businesses and food spots in Flushing during a free walking tour during the U.S. Open.
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is inviting those attending the U.S. Open to explore the neighborhood’s business and food culture during the free “Discover Flushing” walking tour program. “Discover Flushing” is a part of the Chamber’s Flushing Fantastic district marketing campaign that seeks to promote local businesses and connect visitors to Flushing’s unique attractions and experiences.
The tours will take place throughout the duration of the U.S. Open, which takes place from Aug. 27 through Sept. 7 this year.
“Too many tennis fans come to the U.S. Open and never discover the world-class restaurants, shopping or history right next door,” said John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.
Tours will meet at St. George’s Church and focus on the commercial corridors on Main Street, Roosevelt Avenue, Union Street and Northern Boulevard. They will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended tours starting at 4 p.m. on Fridays that also highlight the neighborhood’s food culture, which will be led by Joe DiStefano, food guide and author of “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss.”
“The U.S. Open draws thousands of sports fans and tourists from all over the world to Flushing Meadows Corona Park every summer to enjoy world-class tennis,” DiStefano said. “Unfortunately, many of them never set foot in downtown Flushing and miss out on the hidden gems — historic, cultural and culinary— of this vibrant neighborhood, which is why I’m so very pleased to participate in this year’s Discover Flushing pilot program.”
In addition to giving visitors a glimpse at the neighborhood’s diversity during the U.S. Open, the pilot is expected to lead to a regular program of walks that will give young people in Flushing the chance to gain exposure and experience in the hospitality and tourism field.
“The U.S. Open brings visitors from across the world right next door to the wide variety of attractions in downtown Flushing. This walking tour will help build the bridge between the Open and our community so that we can both share in the economic prosperity of this world renown sporting event,” Councilman Peter Koo said. “Thank you to the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce for working to ensure the Flushing community is not overlooked.”
Tours are free, but advance registration is required. Visit flushingfantastic.nyc/tours to reserve a spot.