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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City cuts ribbon on $6.65M Queensbridge Park project, seawall reconstruction


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

The Long Island City waterfront has just received a much needed facelift.

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Katz rebrands Queens as center of the city in speech


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Borough President Melinda Katz explained her business initiatives and vowed to rebrand Queens as the New York City destination .

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City OKs $43M in tax breaks for Willets Point developers


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo rendering courtesy of NYCEDC

The New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA) voted Tuesday to give $43 million in tax breaks for developers who plan to transform Willets Point.

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Free Wi-Fi in LIC expected to bring new business to neighborhood


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Long Island City is going wireless. Late last month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced new plans to continue expanding wireless and broadband connectivity in New York City. These initiatives include free public Wi-Fi access in the five boroughs and evaluating broadband connectivity in office buildings. “If New York City is going to remain competitive in the […]

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Hunter’s Point South Park opens in Long Island City


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Talk about a view. Mayor Michael Bloomberg gathered with local elected officials, community members and residents on Wednesday to cut the ribbon on the new 5.5-acre Hunter’s Point South Park located on Center Boulevard in Long Island City. “Opening up more of our city’s waterfront for public enjoyment has been a top priority for this […]

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All-Star Game makes millions for city, benefits borough


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The 2013 MLB All-Star Game and weekend events were a home run for businesses in and around Citi Field. The major sports event pumped $191.1 million into the city, according to Rob Mackay, director of marketing, events and tourism for the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “In general it’s good for the city,” Mackay said. “so […]

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


| oped@queenscourier.com

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


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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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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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Raising the Minimum Wage in New York: What Government Could and Should Do.


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

By Assemblywoman Grace Meng On Tuesday, I joined with my colleagues in the State Assembly in voting to raise New York State’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50.  I voted for and co-sponsored this bill because it will have a tremendous positive impact on the lives of working families here in Queens and throughout New York. […]

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Hotel to rise on Skillman Ave in Long Island City


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Courier/Photos

The City University of New York (CUNY) is aiming to check in to the borough’s new hotel hotspot. CUNY recently sent out a request for proposal (RFP) to hospitality industry consultants, seeking ideas on how to develop its lot on Skillman Avenue in Long Island City nearLaGuardia Community College — with the goal of building […]

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What’s new in Long Island City


| smosco@queenscourier.com

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No matter what time of year it is and what holiday is upon us, new developments in the neighborhood never cease. New restaurants, businesses, praise and that Hunters Point South project continue to move forth. Here’s just a few items to come through recently: Chocomize, a maker of chocolate bars that can be customized with […]

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Comings & Goings Around Long Island City


| smosco@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/PHOTOS

No matter what time of year it is and what holiday is upon us, new developments in the neighborhood never cease. New restaurants, businesses, praise and that Hunters Point South project continue to move forth. Here’s just a few items to come through recently: Chocomize, a maker of chocolate bars that can be customized with […]

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