Tomorrow’s America, in Queens, just last week's NYT (APRIL 21, 2014), is an excellent article that gives some interesting historical facts regarding how the New York World’s Fair Flushing Meadows, and the Immigration Act just after, in 1965, both gave rise the area's diversity. Below is the article.
On my last visit I had gourmet food from an Ecuadorian street vendor. That was under the tracks, on the way up from Jackson Heights to Corona......or to Flushing actually.
Then in Flushing, the Red Bowl (潮州 chaozhou), was the real deal for Chinese food. Of course it is 潮州 chaozhou in name only, for their menu is quite diverse. Thus said, chaozhou food (潮州菜), from a gucheng 古城 or old city that goes by that name, west of canton or Guangzhou, can be found on the menu.
If one begins at Fresh Ponds, walk to Grand Ave and then Broadway, and then up through Elmhurst, and keep going, one gets at first Polish and Italian and then all the rest.