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82nd Street Partnership unveils restoration of historic Jackson Heights building

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Photos Courtesy of the 82nd Street Partnership

Together with the Jackson Heights Historic District, the 82nd Street Partnership has unveiled a restoration which marks the beginning of bringing a new look to the diverse area.

The 82nd Street Partnership gathered with representatives from the City’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), community leaders, groups and merchants to unveil the restoration of a historic building at 82-01 Roosevelt Avenue.

The Tuesday unveiling was the beginning of the “Storefront Restoration Program” which will restore building façades and enhance the district’s sense of place by the end of the year.

The 82nd Street Partnership was one of the seven Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) which won SBS’ 2013 “Neighborhood Challenge” initiative with the goal to encourage innovation and creativity in local economic development programming.

Investing in the $50,000 award it received from the “challenge,” the BID set out to support property owners and merchants in Jackson Heights by assisting them with free design assistance and offering a matching construction grant as part of the new restoration program.

By the end of the year the program will have renovated seven ground floor and three upper floor storefronts at three properties on 82nd Street between 37th and Roosevelt Avenue enhancing the “look and feel” of the area by making the businesses more attractive and inviting to a larger group of customers.



The overall restorations will help bring improvements to the area’s quality of life, help preserve retail diversity and improve business conditions, according to the 82nd Street Partnership.

Along with the restorations, the program will also remove 20 LPC violations from three properties.



Two Queens BID leaders receive Leadership Award

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Courtesy of the New York City Department of Small Business Services

Two local business improvements districts (BIDs) took home distinguished awards at the 12th Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards.

On July 15, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, and New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh presented the 2013 awards at Gracie Mansion to honorees from the five boroughs for their tremendous impact on New York City’s neighborhoods.

Laurel Brown, executive director of the Jamaica Center BID, and Gayle Baron, executive director of the Long Island City BID and president of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation, were two of three individuals who each received the BID Leadership Award.

Other categories include the Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur Award, Norman Buchbinder Placemaking Award, Adaptive Reuse/Preservation Award, the Cultural Award, the Workforce Service Award, and this year’s new category called the Helping Hand Award, given to a business, organization, or individual that went beyond in helping those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“For the past 12 years the Neighborhood Achievement Awards have spotlighted the remarkable small businesses, individuals, and organizations helping to strengthen neighborhoods in all five boroughs, and this year we are also recognizing those that went above and beyond to help after Hurricane Sandy,” said Walsh.



New York City gets unique .nyc web address

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


New York City is out to conquer the digital world.

City officials announced a .nyc web address for New Yorkers and businesses on Tuesday.

“Having our own unique, top-level domain puts NYC at the forefront of the digital landscape and creates new opportunities for our small businesses,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “They’ll now be able to identify themselves as connected to NYC, one of the world’s strongest and most prestigious brands.”

NYC is one of the first cities in the world to be granted a geographic top-level domain by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit private organization responsible for overseeing the distribution of IP addresses and domain names. With .nyc, ICANN expands on already existing domains such as .com, .org and .edu.

Officials believe that the introduction of .nyc will allow businesses to identify their local roots and lead to a burst in economic activity.

“Small businesses benefit from a strong online presence, and the .nyc domain will give NYC’s small businesses an extra boost by making them more accessible and allowing them to build off the NYC brand,” said Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh.

In order to register for a .nyc domain, registrants will have to have a primary place of residence in NYC with a physical address or a “bona fide presence” in the city, meaning regularly performing lawful activities within the city and maintaining an office or other facility in the city. Registration for .nyc addresses will open in late 2013 and fees are to be determined.

More information is available on mydotnyc.com.