What Ever Happened to the Flushing Pimp?

Check out the latest addition to Mapping Main Street’s cool, colorful content stream: A series of fresh and lively reports produced by WNYC’s Radio Rookies. A multicultural team of high school students from the East-West School of International Studies and the Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts documented Main Street in Flushing, Queens, a magnet for immigrants from around the world.

They produced four group-narrated, sound-rich audio slide shows about the diversity of the neighborhood; an ode to a favorite afterschool snack (the steam bun); memories of Main Street Cinema (referred to as a loveable dump); and a heartful investigation into the disappearance of “The Flushing Pimp,” a Main Street icon known for dressing in flashy clothes.(see photo).

The Flushing coverage also got a nice shout out in the Urban Omnibus blog. The post says that Flushing was a Dutch settlement back in 1645 and, according to New York City historian Kenneth Jackson, it is the birthplace of religious tolerance by decree in America.