On Nov. 29, the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) will be holding a scavenger hunt in the shopping district to boost the local economy and celebrate Small Business Saturday, an initiative by American Express to encourage shoppers to go local and buy holiday gifts in smaller stores.
Lyla Black is the founder of Lyla Tov Monsters – plushy, handmade toys that are the “guardians of a good night’s sleep” – and on Nov. 21 she was awarded the Young Inventor of the Year at the 7th Annual Toy & Game Inventor Awards in Chicago, Illinois.
Construction work has already begun for a new mixed-use building at the corner of 50th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, but now there’s a slightly clearer picture of what the structure will look like.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about changing the admissions process for New York City’s specialized high schools in order to address the underrepresentation of black and Latino students. While I embrace the goal of increasing diversity within those schools, I am not convinced that changing the exam or the admission standards is the best way to diversify the student population.
Flushing is no stranger to development but local business owners and groups are skeptical about Mayor de Blasio’s recent announcement to turn an industrial and polluted section of Flushing into a residential area.