Oldest Stuff in New York City
by Jonathan Zeller, 03/07/2012
Photo: William Avery Hudson (via Flickr)
Oldest House of Worship: Flushing Quaker Meeting House
137-16 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Queens
In 1657, attendees at a town meeting in Flushing approved the Flushing Remonstrance, a demand for religious freedom in the face of Governor Peter Stuyvesant's order that Quakers be banned from colonists' homes. Fittingly, this structure—built in 1694—is not only the oldest remaining house of worship in New York City but also the second-oldest Quaker meetinghouse in the United States. It has welcomed such visitors as George Washington and William Penn, and, to this day, hosts monthly meetings of the Religious Society of Friends. Guided tours are available on Sundays; call 718-358-9636 for more information.