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What cemeteries are most popular for Queens homebuyers


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Not just the deceased are dying to be around All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village.

Although it may not be as attractive a view as the New York City skyline, All Faiths was the Queens cemetery with the most nearby home sales over a two-year period, with 103 residences sold, according to an analysis from real estate website PropertyShark. That number is double that of the runner-up, Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, which had just 48.

While Queens is well known for having an abundance of cemeteries throughout the borough, about a quarter of homebuyers who chose to purchase near the dead bought homes close to All Faiths.

There were approximately 377 sales of one- and two-family homes within 300 feet of a cemetery in the top ten list recorded since January 2013 to March 2015, according to the data.

Completing the top ten is Linden Hill Cemetery in Ridgewood, where only 13 homes sold over the two-year span.

Queens_cemeteries stat boxAlso interesting to note, Flushing Cemetery recorded the most expensive sales with average prices at nearly $630,000.

Not surprisingly, the Springfield Cemetery in Springfield Gardens had the least expensive home sales with an average of about $329,000.

The spirits probably aren’t behind the low prices for those homes, because in 2014 Springfield Gardens as a whole had median asking prices at around $343,500 and had the lowest absorption rate, a metric showing rate of sales by calculating what share of home listings either went into contract or were removed.

Click here to see a map of the properties that were sold around cemeteries in the borough over the past two years.

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Flushing condo building completed after foreclosure process


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Photo courtesy of Triangle Equities

The condominium building at 42-05 Parsons Blvd. in Flushing has finally been completed, owner Triangle Equities announced on Monday.

The real estate development firm acquired the uncompleted building a few years ago, and proceeded to finish the nearly 30,000-square-foot, nine-story, mixed-use structure after a foreclosure process.

“We purchased a non-performing note collateralized by the building in 2011, which had been 85 percent complete,” said Brett Goldman, director of acquisitions at Triangle Equities. “After going through the foreclosure process, we ultimately obtained control of the asset and are thrilled to be able to offer brand-new luxury housing and office space to the surrounding community.”

The Raymond Chan-designed building features an all-glass and panel façade, which allows views of Queens, and even the Manhattan skyline at top floors.

On the first two floors there are five condo office units, which are being marketed for sale.

And in the upper floors there are 14 condos apartments, which are 90 percent sold, including two penthouse units with three bedrooms and three bathrooms on the eighth and ninth floors.

Prices in the building for residential condos start near $550,000 and top out over $1 million.

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Cops release sketch of Flushing groping suspect


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Sketch courtesy of NYPD

Police have released a sketch of the man who allegedly groped teenage girls in three separate incidents in Flushing since November.

During all of the incidents, which took place within a five-block radius, the suspect grabs the buttocks or crotch area of the young women over their clothing before fleeing on foot, authorities said.

The suspect first targeted a 15-year-old girl at the corner of 136th Street and 60th Avenue in Flushing at about 7 a.m. on Nov. 6, 2014, according to police.

He then allegedly groped a 13-year-old girl on March 11 of this year at about 7:50 a.m. outside of 132-34 58th Ave., near 134th Street.

The suspect is also accused of attacking a 19-year-old woman at the corner of 136th Street and 59th Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. on March 23.


Police additionally released video footage of the suspect earlier this week and describe the man as white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 30 to 40 years old and 170 pounds with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a dark green jacket, grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.  

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61-year-old man fatally struck in Flushing hit-and-run


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A 61-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run Wednesday night as he was crossing the street in Flushing, police said.

The victim was walking across 46th Avenue near Utopia Parkway at about 11:40 p.m. when the driver struck the man and then fled, authorities said.

The pedestrian, who was not identified by police, was taken to Flushing Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police currently do not have a vehicle description.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Video: Pair wanted in beating, robbery of man in Flushing


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Video courtesy of NYPD

A pair of suspected robbers instigated a fight with a man on a Flushing street before beating him up and stealing his cellphone, police said.

The suspects, a man and woman, approached the 30-year-old male victim as he was walking near Sanford Avenue and 147th Street, and started an argument with the victim, authorities said. The male suspect then began to strike the man several times on the head and shoved him to the ground, kicking him several times.

As the victim was on the ground, the female suspect took his Samsung Galaxy S5 phone and both suspects fled.

The victim refused medical attention at the scene.


Police have released video footage of the suspects, which captures them during the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.  

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More Queens Library locations loaning mobile hot spots, tablets


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Photo courtesy of Queens Library

Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card, and now more cardholders will be able to stay connected while on the go.

The Queens Library announced Tuesday that it will be expanding its mobile technology lending program in the upcoming weeks to more libraries throughout the borough.

While using their Queens Library cards, customers will be able to borrow free mobile hot spots, providing Internet access anywhere to any Wi-Fi-enabled devices with cellphone reception. Customers will also have the chance to borrow free Google Nexus tablets.

The hot spots are available for one month, and there are three renewals available afterwards. First-time hot spot borrowers will have to sign an agreement and bring a photo ID.

Locations that have been offering the free mobile hot spots and tablets since last year include branches at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica; 1637 Central Ave., Far Rockaway; 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills; 41-17 Main St., Flushing; and 35-51 81st St., Jackson Heights.

The new locations offering the hot spots include 214-20 Northern Blvd. in Bayside and 37-44 21st St. in Long Island City. They will also be available at the branch at 218-13 Linden Blvd. in Cambria Heights starting April 8; 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway in Fresh Meadows on April 15; and 169-09 137th Ave. in Rochdale Village on April 22.

The Google Nexus tablets are now available at Queens Library branches at 2012 Madison St. in Ridgewood; 128-16 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park; and 169-09 137th Ave. in Rochdale Village. Starting later this month, the tablets will be available at the following locations: 187-05 Union Turnpike in Hillcrest; 103-34 Lefferts Blvd. in Richmond Hill; and the Langston Hughes Community Library at 100-01 Northern Blvd.

A full list of borrowing sites is available at www.queenslibrary.org.

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Local high school sluggers look to rack up ‘WINS for Cancer’


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Photo courtesy of The Mary Louis Academy

Like good siblings, the sports teams at Holy Cross High School in Flushing and The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica have long supported each other, and this spring they’re taking that partnership to a new level for a good cause.

Holy Cross’ varsity and junior varsity baseball teams, along with their softball counterparts at Mary Louis, officially launched their joint “WINS for Cancer” campaign in Jamaica Estates Thursday afternoon.

The athletic programs at the all-boys Holy Cross and all-girls Mary Louis developed a strong bond over the years. Mary Louis cheerleaders rally the crowds at Holy Cross football games. Holy Cross, in turn, opened its gym to Mary Louis for their girls CHSAA basketball games.

With CHSAA baseball and softball seasons on the horizon, the two schools launched “WINS for Cancer,” hoping that their teams’ performance on the field would raise big bucks for the Sunrise Day Camp, a Suffolk County summer escape for children battling cancer and their siblings.

For Joe Lewinger, Mary Louis’ athletic director, “WINS for Cancer” is a personal cause, as his twin son and daughter are cancer survivors.  Diagnosed at age 2, they attended Sunrise Day Camp during and after treatment, and got to enjoy outdoor summer activities that the isolation of cancer treatment deprived them.

“It’s the opportunity for kids who are forced to live an isolated life to feel like a normal kid,” Lewinger said. The experience at Sunrise proved wonderful for his children, both of whom are now 9 and in remission.

Sunrise Day Camp is the only camp of its kind in the U.S. dedicated to cancer survivors and their siblings from 3 1/2 to 16 years of age. It is equipped with specialized services and facilities to allow all children to have fun in safety, including an on-call medical staff.

The camp is offered free to parents and relies solely on donations.

According to Lewinger, Holy Cross’ baseball teams pledged to contribute $10 per league win, while Mary Louis’ softball will pitch in $20 per league victory; Holy Cross has 16 league games on schedule, while Mary Louis has eight.

Lewinger is hoping for a perfect campaign so Holy Cross and Mary Louis can deliver at least $640 to Sunrise Day Camp. Parents are also invited to sponsor their sons or daughters on the teams and contribute per batting achievement, such as a hit, run, home run or stolen base.

“We got the two teams together, hope to win a lot of games and help a good cause,” Holy Cross Assistant Athletic Director Tim Gilvary added.

Click here for more information about Sunrise Day Camp.

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Police looking for groper who targeted teens in Flushing


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Video courtesy of NYPD

A man is wanted for groping teenage girls in three separate incidents within the same five-block radius not far from Flushing Meadows Corona Park, authorities said.

In each incident, the suspect grabs the buttocks or crotch area of the women over their clothing before fleeing on foot, police said.

The man started his groping spree last year when he allegedly grabbed a 15-year-old girl at the corner of 136th Street and 60th Avenue in Flushing at about 7 a.m. on Nov. 6.

According to authorities, the same suspect struck again on March 11 at about 7:50 a.m. outside of 132-34 58th Ave., near 134th Street, when he groped a 13-year-old girl.

The third incident took place at the corner of 136th Street and 59th Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. on March 23 and involved a 19-year-old female victim.

Police have released video footage of the suspect and describe the man as white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 30 to 40 years old and 170 pounds with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a dark green jacket and grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.  

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Flushing real estate seeking new heights


| stephen.preuss@cushwake.com

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Scott Bintner

Stephen Preuss is a vice president at Cushman & Wakefield who focuses on the Queens market. 

Last year showed us record-breaking pricing of development sites in the Flushing area. This year has taken those numbers upwards and has even left real estate professionals scratching their heads.

The average price per buildable square foot in the fourth quarter of 2014 throughout the city was approximately $303, which is 52 percent higher than the same period last year. Since the start of 2015, we have seen multiple properties sell at more than $300 per buildable square foot.

Just this past February we sold a development site at 142-26 Roosevelt Ave., a prime location in downtown Flushing. The property offered 21,060 buildable square feet and sold at $322.89 per buildable square foot.

Recently we have received several calls from appraisers trying to make sense of these prices where capitalization rates and price per square foot do not make financial sense.

The interest from foreign buyers has kept the interest in an upswing and has since resulted in sale prices comparable to those in Manhattan. Multiple properties especially on Northern Boulevard have sold for above average pricing, and most properties have a retail component with development potential.

For example, 138-12 Northern Blvd. in Flushing sold at $341.27 per buildable square foot. The property consisted of a four-unit retail strip, but allowed for an additional 20,000 buildable square feet to be developed on site.

We have been seeing an exponential amount of interest in development since 2012 and expect the remainder of this year to follow suit.

Stephen-Preuss

Stephen Preuss

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More traffic agents, safety devices near Flushing Commons site


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Rendering courtesy of TDC Development International

Hoping to ease the pain for drivers and pedestrians, the city is bringing more traffic agents and safety devices to downtown Flushing.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced the measures during Wednesday’s meeting of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s Flushing Commons Task Force. The advisory body was formed last year to focus on congestion issues related to the billion-dollar Flushing Commons project, a complex of housing, shops and businesses rising on a former municipal parking lot.

As of Wednesday, teams of two NYPD traffic enforcement agents were assigned to the intersections of 37th Avenue and Main Street as well as Roosevelt Avenue and Union Street. A single traffic agent was stationed at the corner of 37th Avenue and 138th Street.

Trottenberg said the DOT will also create a left-turn-only lane from 37th Avenue onto Main Street and install a temporary all-way stop sign at the corner of 37th Avenue and 138th Street.

Each of the measures, she noted, aims to improve traffic flow and increase safety for both drivers and pedestrians traveling through downtown Flushing near the Commons site.

“The task force appreciates the commitment by the DOT, the NYPD and the developers to consider all possible measures to enhance traffic flow and pedestrian safety in Flushing’s downtown core,” Katz said. “These actions are sound steps that demonstrate the DOT’s commitment, and continual engagement by all stakeholders is necessary to keep the economic engine of downtown Flushing running amidst the building pains of development.”

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim, City Councilman Peter Koo and Community Board 7 Chairperson Chuck Apelian all expressed support for the new safety measures.

Congestion in Flushing has been problematic for years; the downtown area has the highest per capita number in Queens of vehicular accidents resulting in pedestrian injury or death.

Flushing’s traffic woes increased in the area around the Commons site after work started last year. Several entrances and exits on Union Street were shut down, and a bus terminus was relocated onto 128th Street between 37th and 39th avenues, shifting many buses through the neighborhood.

Katz formed the task force last year to engage city agencies and F&T Group, Flushing Commons’ developer, with local business groups and civic leaders to find ways to alleviate Flushing’s traffic problems. Since December, the DOT — at the task force’s urging — amended a pedestrian walkway permit at the Commons site, shifting it into a parking lane. This, the borough president’s office noted, helped improve traffic flow through the neighborhood.

Along with the measures announced Wednesday, Trottenberg said the DOT is contemplating the following additional measures to further improve traffic conditions in Flushing:

  • Reversing the direction of traffic on one-way 38th Avenue;
  • Creating a right-turn lane from 37th Avenue onto Main Street;
  • Temporarily removing parking spaces on 37th Avenue and 138th Street immediately adjacent to the Flushing Commons construction site; and
  • Installing new stop signs, traffic signals and/or enhanced street markings at several other intersections, including 37th Avenue and 138th Street, Union Street and 38th Avenue, Main Street and 37th Avenue, 39th Avenue and Union Street, and Roosevelt Avenue and Union Street.

 

Woman pushing stroller steals cash in front of Flushing supermarket: police


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A woman pushing a stroller stole $220 in cash from a man outside a Flushing supermarket last week, authorities said.

The alleged thief — described as an Asian adult female with black hair who was wearing a white coat and black sunglasses — grabbed the money in front of CJ Supermarket at 40-31 Main St. about 11:45 a.m. on March 19, police said.

She brushed up against the 52-year-old victim before taking the cash from his left jacket pocket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.  

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Flushing middle schooler is a taekwondo star


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Photo courtesy Eagles Tae Kwon Do

Uni Ha is an eighth-grader at I.S. 25 in Flushing who travels around the world living her dream, competing in taekwondo competitions.

Ha, 13, has many achievements in the martial arts discipline of taekwondo and is currently ranked a second dan black belt. Last summer she became the youngest athlete to make it onto the USA National Team in taekwondo.

“It is an honor to just place in the nationals,” Ha said. “To be on the National Team and to be the youngest member is an honor.”

After earning a position on the USA National Team, Ha entered the Costa Rica Open Championship, an international competition, in August. At the event, she came away with a gold medal.

In September, Ha flew to Mexico for a competition and brought home another medal. Then in November, she traveled to Canada for the Toronto Open where she represented the USA and won the bronze medal.

The largest international competition, the U.S. Open Championship, was held in January. Ha was at that event and medaled yet again. In February, Ha also medaled at the Canada Open. During the national qualifier on March 8, Ha took home the gold in her division and defeated a 17-year-old fighter to win the gold medal in that division as well. Ha returned from the Mexico Open in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on March 15 with another gold medal around her neck.

“The Mexico Open is a really great atmosphere and very professional,” Ha said. “It was my second time there and I’ve learned so much through it. After finishing with a silver my first time, I wanted to do better this time.”

“This one was really hard for me,” she said. “It takes a lot of dedication and hard work. It’s a great experience.”

Besides being an adept taekwondo athlete, Ha is a great student, earning a 95 percent average on her last report card. She has an acceptance letter from St. Francis Preparatory high school and is waiting to hear from Townsend Harris High School. She is also heavily involved in community service by teaching taekwondo in local public schools, churches and community centers.

Ha’s coach at Eagle’s Tae Kwon Do in Flushing, Andrew Park, said, “She has done a tremendous job. She works real hard and is a great kid.”

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Flushing businessman uses ad to promote stronger alliance with South Korea


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The Flushing bus shelter where a local businessman posted an advertisement calling for a stronger alliance between the U.S. and South Korea.

After the American ambassador to South Korea was assaulted last month, a local Korean-American businessman found a way to voice his support for a stronger alliance between the two nations. Bridge Enterprises purchased an ad that’s on display at a bus shelter located on Northern Boulevard eastbound at 149th Street in Flushing denouncing the March 5 slashing of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.

Flushing businessman Ted Han (at left) with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Flushing businessman Ted Han (at left) with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

According to Han Tai-kyuk (Ted Han) of Bridge Enterprises, the ad is a gesture designed to show a “steady and stable tie” between Korean-Americans and the U.S. government. The area where the ad was posted is home to a large Korean population, “99 percent” of which condemned the act of violence, he added. Lippert — whom President Obama appointed as ambassador to South Korea last October— was sliced across the face and left arm while attending a breakfast forum in Seoul. His attacker — identified as Kim Ki-jong — reportedly is described as a strong Korean nationalist supportive of unifying communist North Korea and democratic South Korea. Han’s ad shows images of Lippert meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye days after the incident. Above the pictures is written, in Korean and English, “We stand together as brothers and sisters!”

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Flushing Mall set for demolition soon, new permits filed for 13-story building


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It’s the end of the road for the Flushing Mall, but the fate of the massive site it sits on is still up in the air.

Developer F&T Group, which is working on the huge Flushing Commons project and constructed One Fulton Square, filed plans Thursday to construct what is being called Two Fulton Square on the site at 133-15 39th Ave. in downtown Flushing.

The development will include a 13-story mixed-use residential building with 192 units, according to the filings. Margulies Hoelzli Architecture will design the building, which will have retail stores in the basement level. A parking facility with about 377 spaces was also recently filed for the site.

The project is much smaller than a September filing on the site for a 16-story mixed-use commercial, residential project that would have housed nearly 400 apartments in 368,868 square feet of residential space and 520 enclosed parking spaces. Those plans were not approved by the Buildings Department.

The developer has been tight-lipped about the plans for the project, and has not returned The Courier’s requests for comments and more information. The change in filing could be a downsizing of the project or possibly just part of the development structure.

But one thing is certain — the current mall is about to come down. Last month the developer filed permits to demolish the old Flushing Mall, and scaffolding has been recently set up around the site.

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First charter meeting for Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce


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City Council Member Peter Koo swears in the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce board of directors last Wednesday. (photo courtesy of Koo's office)

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce continued its growth on the afternoon of March 18 with its first membership meeting that attracted numerous civic and business leaders.

The chamber’s first formal task was to elect a board of directors to oversee the organization’s operation under the stewardship of co-chairs Simon Gerson and Chris Kui. The organization also appointed a council of advisers and approved its corporate bylaws and agenda for the months ahead.

“The Flushing Chamber is proud to provide leadership to ensure the continued prosperity of our community,” Gerson said. “Our local businesses will benefit from the networking, education and advocacy opportunities that the chamber provides.”

Greater Flushing looks to replace the void that the 80-year-old Flushing Chamber of Commerce left when it dissolved in 2012. Many blamed the group’s inability to change with the times and neighborhood’s demographics as key factors resulting in its demise.

But Greater Flushing Executive Director John Choe said the upstart group aims to create a “multicultural and modern” organization catering to all businesses and people in Flushing from every background. Greater Flushing already has about 70 businesses as members, and Choe hopes that number will double in the next few months.

“I think Flushing deserves a chamber that will advocate on behalf of the entire community,” he said. “We haven’t had a chamber for a long time, even though we’re the fourth-largest commercial district in the city.”

Greater Flushing already has a “very full plate” of programs aiming to serve and enrich businesses, residents and visitors alike, Choe added, including a free English language program in partnership with Monroe College. The chamber also wants to sponsor several street fairs this summer and launch free financial literacy programs.

The chamber is also considering creating a “formal lending circle” with established credit agencies, Choe noted. Traditional lending circles often practiced among immigrant families involve members donating funds into a central account, with the lump sum then provided to someone launching a business or buying a home, among other purposes.

The formal circle, Choe said, would follow regulations and ensure accountability with the borrowers.

City Councilman Peter Koo had the honor of installing the newly-elected board of directors and threw his support to the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, saying the group would provide “small business owners with the resources they need to expand and grow.”

“We are still living in a climate of over-regulation that remains challenging for many small business owners, so the Flushing Chamber will be a welcomed addition to our diverse business community,” Koo said.

Greater Flushing’s board of directors consists of Gerson, Kui and Don Capalbi of the Queensboro Hill Flushing Civic Association, Perka Chan of HealthFirst, Michael Cheng of Epos Global Management, Taehoon Kim of Regen Acupuncture, Ellen Kodadek of Flushing Town Hall, Michael Lam of Century Homes Realty Group LLC, Alice Lee of HealthPlus Amerigroup, Alfred Rankins of the Latimer House Museum, Maureen Regan of Green Earth Urban Gardens and Leo Zhang of the law firm of Geng & Zhang.

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