by Michael Hsu, 01/28/2014 [Updated 02/04/2015]
Photo: Dominick Totino
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd., 718-463-7700
This stately 1862 building in the Romanesque Revival style—one of the few still standing in the area—is home to the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Its art gallery, classroom and 308-seat theater host classical, jazz and world music concerts, theater and dance performances, art exhibitions and educational events throughout the year. Originally a civic building, it briefly became a performance venue in the late 1800s (P.T. Barnum presented sideshows there; Tom Thumb was a star performer) before serving as a courthouse, jail and bank during the first half of the 1900s. Today, it is a strong supporter of local artists and offers extensive programs for children and families, including puppetry performances and music workshops. Find upcoming events by checking out flushingtownhall.org.