From the NY Times:
Popularity has been a double-edged sword in Flushing, Queens, one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. Business owners welcome the droves of people who descend on its downtown sidewalks in search of scarves, massages and melons, as well as ginseng that can run a few hundred dollars an ounce.
But many residents, including some of those busy business owners, say the teeming neighborhood, filled with immigrants from South Korea, China, India and many other places, has become too crowded, according to people interviewed in the days before Tuesday’s election.
“We like the people coming to Flushing for shopping,” said Suzi Ye, 45, a 20-year resident and a manager of Yat Chau USA, a store that sells herbs on Main Street. “But if you live here, a lot of problems. Traffic every day. Too much noise.”
Among the oft-heard complaints: Parking is impossible to find, contributing to the congestion, and a proliferation of street vendors adds to sidewalk gridlock. More housing for working-class and middle-class residents is also cited.