From the NY Sun:
In American lore, "Main Street" is as small-towny and homey as you get — a place in Bedford Falls or Mayberry. Not long ago, that's exactly what Main Street in Flushing was like. "Flushing" was a byword for the dull, homey, comfortable outer-borough world inhabited by clerks, technicians, and city workers.
When a well-respected architectural critic dismisses what many remember to be great living in Queens as "dull", then goes on to focus on the handful of old buildings that the city managed to salvage and ignores the problems brought on by the new out-of-context buildings, you know we're in trouble.
Then there's this from the Epoch Times:
Flushing Street Fair Celebrates Diversity
America is a melting pot, and that surely showed this July 4th in Flushing, New York. An area with a high immigrant—especially Asian—population, Flushing teamed with the Flushing Development Center Friday to host an extravagant street fair on Sanford Avenue between Main St. and Union St.
The merchandise certainly had an Oriental ring to it: among the items for sale were Chinese drama DVDs, Asian artwork, and bamboo art.
The bustling and lively atmosphere mirrored the warmth of the midday heat. Most of the street wanderers were Asian, but a sprinkling of non-Asians certainly provided an interestingly exotic addition to the fair.
How did the street fair celebrate the diverse melting pot if the goods were "Oriental" the population taking part was homogenous and non-Asians in attendance were considered to be "exotic"? Why is it mandatory for the media to use the D-word whenever writing about a Queens event even when it doesn't apply?