20th Anniversary of the New York City Economic Development Corporation


| lpenner@queenscourier.com


Is there real reason to celebrate passing of the recent 20th Anniversary for creation of the New York City Economic Development Corporation?  New York City prospered and successfully grew prior to creation of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and it’s predecessor, the NYC Public Development Corporation.  In many instances, projects supported by these government corporations have been heavily subsidized by taxpayers, […]

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Development will bring new eateries, jobs near Queens Center


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Shoppers at Queens Center will soon be able to dine on endless breadsticks, 12 ounce steaks and buckets of crab, just by crossing the street. According to city officials, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Joe’s Crab Shack will be opening at the 26,000-square-foot restaurant development on a current vacant lot at the corner of 92nd […]

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Star of Queens: Isa Abdur-Rahman, president & executive director, Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corporation


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Isa Abdur-Rahman

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: As president and executive director of the Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corporation, Isa Abdur-Rahman works to improve the boulevard’s image in the borough. “Our efforts are to revitalize Farmers Boulevard into a convenient, vibrant and inspiring main street for all of our residents,” he said. The organization is four years old. Abdur-Rahman has […]

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Op-Ed: BID will improve quality of life, economics


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BY SETH TAYLOR Earlier this year, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras announced a “New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue,” a holistic seven-point plan that aims to revitalize what is widely known as one of New York City’s most bustling, yet uncared for, commercial corridors. Among the seven points is the creation of a “better business environment.” To accomplish […]

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Bayside developer to turn vacant Flushing property into mixed use development


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Photo courtesy of NYCEDC

A Bayside developer has been tapped to transform a vacant Flushing property into a mixed use development. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced it has selected Success 88 LLC, headed by Betsy Mak, to turn an abandoned site at 135-15 40th Road into 12,000-square-feet of community, commercial and retail space. “Flushing continues […]

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‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ says the New York state Empire Development Corporation


| lpenner@queenscourier.com


Has anyone noticed the recent media blitz by the Empire State Development Corporation at taxpayers expense. The commercials run in heavy rotation several times per hour on many television stations. They have a catchy beat reminiscent of Bobby McFarins “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” The costs rival major media buys from candidates running for public office. […]

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AG: Development Corporations lobbied illegally for projects


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Three city development corporations have admitted to illegally lobbying the City Council to win approval of their favored projects, including a much-contested plan to revamp Willets Point, the state attorney general said. The city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation (FWCLDC) — headed by former borough president Claire Shulman […]

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Development up throughout Queens


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Temperatures are not the only thing that’s been skyrocketing this summer. Development in Queens has been booming in the borough, with announcements of major projects, the near-completion of others, and talks of even more to come. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on June 14 the long-awaited, finalized plans for a Willets Point facelift that is expected […]

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Carlisle Towery, President of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.


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Carlisle Towery, President of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.

Carlisle Toweryhas devoted his professional life to urban planning and economic development.  He has worked since 1971 for Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC), a non-profit organization that has been in the forefront of community development inNew York City, helping to orchestrate the revitalization of the central business district of Jamaica,Queens.Born in Alexander City, Alabama, Mr. […]

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Economic development in Queens


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CM Comrie 20 Sep 2011

Welcome to my first post about economic development in Queens. I welcome your comments and feedback, let’s have a constructive dialogue about the future of our borough and New York. Last week I attended a Queens Civic Congress meeting with a talk given by the New York City Economic Development Corp President Seth Pinsky and […]

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‘Lost Station’ development put on back burner


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The planned overhaul of the Flushing LIRR’s “Lost Station”, first reported in The Queens Courier appears to have been placed on the back burner, according to The Daily News. The massive overhaul project introduced by the Flushing • Willets Point • Corona Local Development Corporation (LDC) known as the Flushing Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planned […]

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Op Ed: Investing in job development


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One of the ways to keep our economy moving is to invest in job development. In the 2011-12 state budget, we created the Recharge New York power program, strengthened the Excelsior Jobs program and provided capital funding for projects necessary to jumpstart New York’s economy. Now is the time to utilize everything we have to […]

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‘Lost Station’ development put on back burner


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The planned overhaul of the Flushing LIRR’s “Lost Station”, first reported in The Queens Courier appears to have been placed on the back burner, according to The Daily News. The massive overhaul project introduced by the Flushing • Willets Point • Corona Local Development Corporation (LDC) known as the Flushing Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planned […]

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Two honored for Jamaica redevelopment


| smosco@queenscourier.com


Hundreds gathered at Jamaica Market to celebrate the neighborhood’s continuing revitalization and help honor two of its two most vocal supporters. The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) saluted City Councilmember Leroy Comrie and TD Bank, New York City Market, President Peter Meyer on Thursday, October 8 for their perseverance in transforming Jamaica into a pedestrian-friendly […]

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