"Within a single block of Bowne St. in Flushing are a synagogue, a Sikh temple, a Chinese Christian church, and a mandir, a Hindu house of worship. And why shouldn’t there be? Flushing is, after all, the birthplace of religious freedom in America. One hundred and thirty years before the US Constitution was written, 30 of the village’s most esteemed residents signed the Flushing Remonstrance, a 1657 letter to colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant opposing his religious intolerance. “Let every man stand and fall to his own master,” they wrote, articulating a sentiment that would be codified in the First Amendment. John Bowne’s house, where the document was composed, still stands, one of several exceptionally historic sights to be found amid the multicultural mélange of downtown Flushing. Known today as one of— very possibly the largest of—New York City’s Chinatowns, Flushing has many Koreans and Indians too. More than two-thirds of the neighborhood’s population is Asian, yet that’s still just one facet of its far-reaching heritage."