A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 18, 2010
“What do you think of Flushing, New York?"/"I think it would be a good idea.”

Flushing, Queens, is a Dutch name, corresponding to the city of Vlissingen in the Netherlands. However, a joke compares the Flushing name with the “flushing” of a toilet.

“What do you think of Flushing, New York?”
“I think it would be a good idea.”

The joke dates to at least the television series Tiny Toon Adventures (1990).


Wikipedia: Flushing, Queens
Flushing, founded in 1645, is a neighborhood in the north central part of the City of New York borough of Queens, ten miles (16 km) east of Manhattan.

Flushing was one of the first Dutch settlements on Long Island. Today, it is one of the largest and most diverse neighborhoods in New York City. Flushing’s diversity is reflected by the numerous ethnic groups that reside here including people of Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, European and African American ancestry. It is part of the Fifth Congressional District, which encompasses the entire northeastern shore of Queens County, and extends into neighboring Nassau County. Flushing is served by five railroad stations on the Long Island Rail Road Port Washington Branch, and the New York City Subway Number 7 subway line has its terminus at Main Street. The intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue is the third busiest intersection in New York City behind only Times Square and 34th Herald Square.

JokesDigest.com
What do you think of Flushing, NY?
I think it’s a great idea.

Internet Movie Database
Memorable quotes for
“Tiny Toon Adventures” (1990)

“Henny" Youngman: What do you think of Flushing, New York?
Plucky: I think it would be a good idea.

@forumz
Erich w/ an h
08-25-2001, 01:34 PM
What do you think of Flushing, NY? I think its a good idea :p

The Oher Side forums
Quoth(The Raven)
Sep 1 2005, 05:35 AM
One of my favorite jokes:

New Yorker: What do you think of Flushing, New York?
Out of Towner: I think it’s a good idea…

MetaTalk
Brooklyn Meetup
January 2, 2007 5:44 PM
(...)
Q: What do you think of Flushing, Queens?
A: I think it would be a very good idea!

Sorry—sorry—Queens’s fine too.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 11:04 PM on January 2, 2007

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • (1) Comments • Thursday, March 18, 2010 • Permalink


I also think it is a good idea smile

Posted by Dennis  on  07/22  at  05:29 AM

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