On Saturday, November 30, business owners and community members joined One Flushing in celebrating the completion of the community mural “Flushing’s World Fair” at the 40th Road entrance to the Main Street-Flushing Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Station. Mural sponsors included Taiwan 101 Restaurant, Asian Americans for Equality, New Inspiration Care, Yumcha Yoga, Regen Acupuncture PC, Yumcha Studios, Krystal Clear Graphic Designer LLC, and the Art4Moore Fund at the Tides Foundation.
“I thank One Flushing, business owners, and community leaders for stepping up and completing the Mural – an important step by our community towards taking ownership for improving the quality of life in the most successful business district in New York City. I will continue to support and collaborate with One Flushing’s efforts to beautify our Flushing neighborhoods,” stated NYS Assemblyman Ron Kim.
A traditional “Lion Dance” troop from the New York Hung Sing Kwoon Martial Arts school performed while community leaders, business owners, and elected officials cut a red ribbon for the only public mural in downtown Flushing, NY.
Community leaders and business owners who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony also included: Timothy Chuang, Co-Chair of the Flushing Business Improvement District and Owner of Taiwan 101 Restaurant; Christopher Kui, Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality; Taehoon Kim, Founder of Regen Acupuncture; Alice Lee, Founder of New Inspiration Care; Colin Goh, Founder of Yumcha Studio; Regina Im, Founder of Korea Taekwondo; Don Capa, President of Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association; Harini Bangara from the Hindu Temple Society of North America; Wendy Moscow and Lisa Attias from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens; and Jukay Hsu, Founder of Coalition for Queens.
The mural seeks to beautify Flushing and support the business community’s demand for greater infrastructure investment. Volunteers cleaned up and provided an additional clear coating to protect the mural from vandalism and pollution.
“By showcasing our diversity, we hope to promote civic pride and neighborhood revitalization,” stated John X Choe, Director of One Flushing. “In addition to cleaning up and beautifying our neighborhood, we hope to encourage the MTA to finally modernize and upgrade this vital part of our transit system.”
Local businesses and community members raised the funds for this mural, which was designed by world-renowned artist Lady Pink. Over several weeks, Lady Pink worked with community members to design a mural representing the rich history and diversity of Flushing.