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On October 10, 1645, Flushing was established by the Dutch on the eastern bank of Flushing Creek under charter of the Dutch West India Company and was part of the New Netherland colony. The settlement was named after the city of Vlissingen, in the southwestern Netherlands, the main port of the company. However, by 1657, the residents called the place "Vlissing." Eventually, "Flushing," the British name for Vlissingen was used. Despite being a Dutch colony, many of the early inhabitants were British.

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United States Post Office, Flushing, Long Island, N.Y.
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1854 - Flushing
Flushing, a post-township of Queen's county, New York, bordering on Long Island sound, and on Flushing bay. Population, 5376.

Flushing, a post-village in the above town ship, is pleasantly situated at the head of Flushing bay, 9 or 10 miles E. from New York. It contains churches of 5 or 6 denominations, a boarding school, and other seminaries, and 2 newspaper offices. It is noted for the extensive gardens and nurseries of William R. Prince, of Parsons & Co., and several others, which attract great numbers of visitors from New York and Brooklyn.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1870 - The Catholics of Flushing, Long Island, have resolved to send their children to public schools. Heretofore they have supported a school of their own of about 450 pupils.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
September 17, 1870
1884 - A couple of Flushing (N. Y.) squirrel-hunters caught a Canadian stoat or ermine, which was nested in a tree.
It whipped their dog before they killed it. It is the first known to have been caught on Long Island.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 14, 1884
1888 - Mrs. Rachel Stillwagon, of Flusing, Long Island, celebrated her one hundred and third birthday on the 19th. She was in good health and expects to live many years yet.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
September 22, 1888
1895 - Flushing
Flushing, a post-village in Flushing township, Queens co., N.Y., on Flushing Creek, an inlet of Flushing Bay (a part of Long Island, Sound), on the North Shore Branch of the Long Island Railroad, about 9 miles E. of New York City. Steam ferry-boats ply regularly between College Point and 92d street, New York. It contains 2 banks, 8 churches, the Flushing Institute, St. Mary's Seminary, St. Joseph's Academy, a private asylum for the insane, a con vent, and 1 daily and 2 weekly newspaper offices. Here are several large nurseries and gardens. Pop. in 1890, 8463. The township contains also College Point, Bay Side, Whitestone, and Little Neck, and has manufactures of silk, india-rubber, tin, &c. Pop. of township, 19,803.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1916
Flushing, a former post-village of Queens co., N.Y., on Flushing Creek, an inlet of Flushing Bay (a part of Long Island Sound ), and on the Long Island R., about 9 miles NE. of the city hall of New York city, of which it now forms a part (in the borough of Queens). It contains the Flushing Institute, Flushing Seminary, St. Joseph's Academy, the Kyle Military Institute, a private asylum for the insane, a convent, etc. Here are several large nurseries and gardens. Pop. in 1900, 25,870.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Flushing:
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park:

Start your exploration with this iconic park, home to the Unisphere from the 1964 World's Fair. It's a great spot for picnics, sports, and leisurely walks.

Queens Botanical Garden:

Right next to Flushing Meadows, this garden offers a peaceful escape from the urban hustle. It's beautifully landscaped and has themed gardens, including a Fragrance Walk and a Rose Garden.

Queens Museum:

Located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, this museum houses the Panorama of the City of New York, a large scale model of the city. It's a fascinating way to see the layout of the entire city.

New York Hall of Science:

Perfect for families and science enthusiasts, this hands-on science museum is both educational and entertaining. There are interactive exhibits and demonstrations for all ages.

Flushing Town Hall:

This historic building hosts a variety of cultural events, from concerts to art exhibitions. Check their schedule for any performances or... Read MORE...

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