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, […]

Read More ...

City accepting proposals to develop NYPD parking garage in downtown Jamaica


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark 

Not long after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to focus on creating more housing with his State of the City address, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) officially announced a request for proposals to develop hundreds of market rate and affordable units out of an NYPD parking garage in downtown Jamaica.

Read More ...

Permits filed for building at new Cornell Tech campus


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi

The long-awaited boon for the Queens tech community just took another step forward as Weiss/Manfredi Architecture filed an application with the Buildings Department Monday for the new corporate co-location office building on the campus.

Read More ...

Talk of Sunnyside Yards mega development chugging along  


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Jim Henderson/ Wikipedia Commons

Proposals to redevelop the massive Sunnyside Yards are building up steam after decades of discussion as more key players in the rail yard’s future are weighing in with some specific ideas for what can be built there.

Read More ...

Community partners chosen for new SBS initiative to help immigrant-owned businesses


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Logo courtesy of the Department of Small Business Services

Immigrant business owners are getting local helping hands to help them thrive in their communities.

Read More ...

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.

Read More ...

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 .

Read More ...

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.

Read More ...

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 […]

Read More ...

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 […]

Read More ...

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 […]

Read More ...

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 […]

Read More ...

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 […]

Read More ...

‘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. […]

Read More ...