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Awards, networking at LIC Partnership breakfast

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The Long Island City Partnership hosted its annual Business Improvement District (BID) meeting last week, and over breakfast, attendees networked and discussed the betterment of the flourishing neighborhood.

Keynote speaker George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company Inc., stated the importance of New York’s hospitality industry, calling New York the nation’s premier port of entry. The economic impact of the city’s tourism industry amounts to $70 billion a year, he said.

“There is no borough more important than any other,” said Fertitta. “And there is no borough with more diversity and more to offer than Queens.”

Fertitta also stressed the need for New York residents to exploit the resources of the city.

“We need to make those insular Manhattanites realize what Queens has to offer,” he said.

The rest of the meeting focused on LIC’s vision for the future. The neighborhood is poised to become a leading center of tourism and revenue for the city. Upcoming area building projects include 19 hotels, totaling 2,000 rooms.

Awards were presented to local business leaders and involved residents. The Leadership Award was presented to Patrick O’Brien and Community Board 2; the Community Partner Award to Gianna Cerbone-Teoli of Manducatis Rustica restaurant; and the Queens Plaza Business Award was given to Takashi Ikezawa and Fumio Tashiro of Resobox.

The real strength of the BID meeting was the ability of businesses and residents to meet and mingle.

“Any time you have an opportunity to learn about what’s happening in the community, it is exciting,” said Ian Hardouin, a resident of LIC for the past five years.

LIC Partnership hosts real estate breakfast

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A group of experts recently gathered to discuss a “booming” topic – the Long Island City real estate market.

LIC Partnership hosted a real estate breakfast on May 15 at the U.N. Federal Credit Union, located at 24-01 44th Road, during which a panel of specialists spoke about the various industrial and residential developments expanding into L.I.C.

The panel was composed of Amy Scherber, owner and founder of Amy’s Bread; Amanda Fung, reporter from Crain’s NY Business; Bill Connor, senior real estate director with FedEx Ground; Doug Partrick of Heatherwood Communities; Sarah Obraitis, co-owner of M. Wells Restaurant; and Flint MacNaughton, founding partner of SunCap Property Group.

“I think the panel was an exciting panel because you have so many different representatives from different types of companies – you had food, you had FedEx which is kind of industrial, you had residential,” said David Brause of Brause Realty, Inc., who moderated the discussion. “A lot of new developments and a lot of new money is coming into L.I.C. to make a significant investment, so just the diversity of the people on the panel I think is what the nice takeaway is here – that there are so many opportunities for different kinds of businesses right here in L.I.C.”

Dan Miner, the senior vice president of business services for LIC Partnership, believes the panel’s message addressed the transformation of L.I.C. into a “diverse, dynamic, exciting, multi-sector business community.”

Throughout the discussion, the experts tackled what qualities make L.I.C. an ideal location for families, restaurants and businesses from all sectors.

“It didn’t take long coming to this area here – L.I.C. – to realize the potential, the growth and to see all that has transpired in a number of years, especially on the waterfront, and it is moving north here to the plaza,” said Partrick. “With the opportunities for high density construction, I just see a fantastic growth in the area and I think there is going to be a tremendous amount of change in years to come.”

Partrick went on to say that New Yorkers are being “pushed out of Manhattan” and L.I.C. is the “natural place for people to come.”

Fung said the neighborhood’s access to public transportation, proximity to the city and 20 to 30 percent cheaper rental rates have enticed many to make the move to the area.

The restaurant owners on the panel also expressed admiration for L.I.C., due to the community’s active residents and exciting environment.

“It is a wonderful place for professionals and for families,” Obraitis said. “What more could you ask for – eight train lines and a lot of exciting businesses and a lot of people who have built their own businesses. I think we make each other feel great and people want to stick around and grow their futures and their families in L.I.C.”

LIC to get BID

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Industrial business in LIC may soon be “improving.”

The city is progressing with its plan to launch Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), which are formal organizations made up of property owners who are dedicated to promoting business development and improving the quality of life in their area, in four industrial neighborhoods across the five boroughs – the west shore of Staten Island, Newtown Creek in Brooklyn, Eastchester in the Bronx and between Skillman Avenue and Borden Avenue and west of Van Dam Street in LIC.

The industrial BIDs will allow companies and properties to band together on unique issues they face, including security and sanitation problems. The creation of the districts will also provide a sustainable source of funding to support ongoing maintenance and capital improvements in the areas.

“The Bloomberg administration is once again demonstrating its commitment to supporting and expanding the city’s industrial sector,” said Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Seth Pinsky. “The creation of up to four industrial BIDs will allow industrial businesses across the city to work collectively to overcome the unique challenges they face, ultimately providing a major boost to a critical sector of our city’s economy.”

Commercial BIDs, which provide supplement services to the community through a special assessment payment from companies’ properties, have proven to be successful in transforming neighborhoods across the city – including Times Square and Bryant Park.

“I am pleased the EDC has chosen LIC for the creation of one of the first Industrial BIDs,” said

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “This initiative will create a sustainable source of funding that will provide flexibility within our industrial business zone in order to adapt to the changing economic environment in western Queens. Supporting industrial businesses ensures we will have a firm foundation of good paying jobs in Queens for many years to come.”

The EDC announced on April 10 that it has chosen the four local organizations that will lead the planning of the industrial BID formation in their respective neighborhoods over the next year. The LIC Partnership, which has already created a commercial BID in Queens Plaza and Jackson Avenue in LIC, was chosen as the consultant for its western Queens community based on its response to a Request For Proposals issued in December of 2011.

“LIC is home to the largest concentration of industrial businesses in New York City,” said Gayle Baron, president of the LIC Partnership. “The creation of an industrial BID in our neighborhood will further strengthen this very important business sector. Building upon our ongoing services to industrial businesses, we look forward to increasing this assistance by providing sustainable, innovative and customized services leading to an improved bottom line, business growth and new job creation for LIC’s industrial firms.”

All of the selected organizations have proposed a variety of innovative services that could be provided to businesses within the industrial BID, such as cost sharing for infrastructure improvements and waste removal services, group purchasing of health care and coordinated shipping of imports and exports.
Dan Miner, the senior vice president of business services for the LIC Partnership, believes creating the BID in LIC would provide industrial businesses with services they are currently without – increasing efficiency, market share or profits in the process.

The subsequent steps in the formation of the BIDs include outreach and authorization, which requires the approval of at least 50 percent of the property owners.

The city’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) recently approved a purchase contract of up to $300,000 to assist the organizations as they work to create the districts.

LIC Partnership Night Out

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LIC Partnership hosted its Neighborhood Night Out event on April 17 at Alewife, located at 5-14 51st Avenue. The annual affair provided LIC businesses with an opportunity to network and mingle – as well as share a beer and a laugh, as attendees followed up cocktails at the local watering hole with a show at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club.