04/05/13 11:30am

StartUPFinalists

Last night there was twice the fun at Flushing Town Hall. Upstairs in the theater area, our friends at the Queens Economic Development Corporation hosted a networking event, while art-lovers flocked to the first floor gallery to attend the opening of Erasing Borders, an exhibition of contemporary Indian painting, sculpture, video art, installation art and photography.

As part of the networking event, which Delta, the Mets, the USTA and Magna Restaurant co-hosted, QEDC announced the nine finalists (some in above photo) of the Seventh Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition, a five-month challenge-and-instruction course sponsored by Citi.

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03/15/13 2:00pm

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The Forest Hills Times reminds us that the West Side Tennis Club turns 100 this year, and changes are coming. The actual club itself was established in 1892 on West Side of Manhattan. In 1913, the club bought land in Forest Hills, which is still its home. For it, they paid a $2,000 down payment and a $75,000 mortgage. (more…)

02/27/13 9:00am

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Image Source: Entrepreneur Space

Terrible twos? Not in these parts! All are invited to LIC to celebrate the Entrepreneur Space’s second birthday! In addition to networking with roughly 300 others, attendees will be able to sample and purchase a wide array of products made by clients of this food-and-business incubator. Expect everything from designer marshmallows to gluten-free baked goods to pigs-in-a-blanket to vegetarian seitan gyros. Plus, Coffeed, a new café located near the E-Space, will provide coffee and other treats, while Delta will raffle two free, round-trip tickets to anywhere in the United States. The E-Space officially opened on Jan. 19, 2011 (above photo). A partnership with the Queens Economic Development Corporation and the NYC Economic Development Corporation, this 12,500-sq.-ft. hub features a fully equipped commercial kitchen, offices and classrooms that entrepreneurs can rent at below-market rates as they build their businesses. And if all this isn’t reason enough, this blog, QNYC, is the event’s media sponsor!

E-Space’s Second Birthday Bash
Entrepreneur Space
36-46 47th Street, LIC
Wednesday, March 6
6pm – 9pm | Free

11/08/12 2:00pm

We wanted to post our good news – the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) and BlankSlate (the folks behind QueensNYC) have formed a partnership on QueensNYC. Here is the press release.

(Long Island City, N.Y.) – The Queens Economic Development Corporation and BlankSlate — a partially Long Island City-based company that helps web publishers thrive, including BrownstonerBrokelynDumboNYCBushwick Daily and Prince of Petworth — have formed a partnership on QueensNYC.com, a daily site about the happenings in New York City’s biggest and most diverse borough.

The site delves into the life, culture and changing landscape of Queens, focusing on the places, food and adventures in this unique borough, where more than 170 languages and dialects are spoken. While the site is primarily about Queens, it also makes relevant connections to the rest of NYC and other surrounding areas.

QEDC’s mission is to create and retain jobs through programming that grows neighborhoods, assists small businesses and promotes tourism and business development. As such, QEDC spearheads the Queens Tourism Council, which has its finger on the pulse of cultural, recreational, culinary and civic activities throughout the 80-neighborhood borough, which is home to more than 2.2 million residents and 45,000 businesses.  (more…)

10/14/12 2:00pm

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Image source: Discover Queens - (from left) Queens Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jack Friedman, Commissioner Kenneth Adams, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein, Queens Chamber President Carol Conslato and Irene and Marie DeBenedittis from Mama’s.

Our friends over at Discover Queens sent this great photo our way of the ladies of Leo’s Latticini (AKA Mama’s). As you know from yesterday, Mama’s has the second best sandwich in the Zagat list of the eight best sandwiches in NYC.

This shot was taken at the end of the day of a tour around Queens last Tuesday (10/9), taken by Kenneth Adams, commissioner of the NYS Department of Economic Development and the president/CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation. (more…)

10/05/12 12:00pm

We have two restaurant weeks coming up in Queens! The first one is throughout the borough and the other is based solely in Astoria.

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Image source: QEDC

Last week we told you about Queens Restaurant Week, now in its ninth year. Over 125 restaurants are expected participate, and most spots will offer a three-course, prix fixe meal for $25 during the dates of  Oct. 8-11 and Oct. 15-18. Some restaurants will also offer their specials Oct. 12-14 and beyond Oct. 18. Here is a list of participating restaurants. (more…)

09/20/12 3:00pm

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Image source: QEDC

We’ve written about Corona Plaza, the new pedestrian plaza along Roosevelt Ave by the 103rd Street 7 stop. The community has embraced it and it has become a true gathering place in the neighborhood, colloquially known now as “La Placita.” Last week (9/13) various stakeholders – the Queens Economic Development Corporation, NY Community Bancorp, elected officials, residents, nonprofits – came out to celebrate the first phase of the renovation.

And there is a second phase in the works, with more improvements to be implemented next year. (more…)