Flushing will soon have a new Buddhist temple run by the Han Ma Um Zen Center of New York, located at 145-20 Bayside Ave., due to open next year.
The striking building encompasses features such as caved wooden eaves and exposed beams, creating an authentic Oriental temple in the midst of Dutch Colonial Flushing.
While the as-of-right construction initially attracted some community criticism, once it was established that it met all codes, opposition to the building has been minimal.
New Buddhist Temple Rises Amid Dutch Colonial Past
Community Board 7’s District Manager Marilyn Bitterman, was aware of the building and while the community has general concerns about the number of community facilities being built, didn’t know of any opposition to the temple which includes provision for 34 parking spaces.