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ALL Candidates for Astoria City Council, District 22, have been invited by OurLIC to  participate in a Town Hall Forum / Meet the Press / Debate on Tuesday September 3, 2013 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Bohemian Hall. Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

SPECIAL RECEPTION AND MEETING RESCHEDULED TO May 2, 2013 8:30 AM:  Diana Reyna, City Council Member and Chair of New York City Council's Committee on Small Business to Meet with LIC / Astoria Chamber 'The Small Business Community has a great time to come together to put forth an agenda that is healthy for them. It would be wonderful to understand how every candidate is going to have a small business agenda at the forefront.' Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

TASTE OF ROMANIA ~  A Festival May 7, 2013 Food, Culture, Trade, and Tourism Festival at Bucharest Restaurant co-hosted by Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce and the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

PS229 Sixth Grade Students and Their Teacher, Caroline Roswell,  Make The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Relevant to Today Caroline Roswell (Gruss) brings her sixth grade students to Mt. Zion Cemetery to participate in the 100th Anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

Political Junkie Pleas for Action. Says "Tragedy Caused Reawakening."  Astoria Infrastructure Needs to be Addressed "Before a shovel goes into the Ground" at Hallets Cove and Astoria Cove Content of letter sent/read to: CB1, Taminent Regular Democratic Club, and all appropriate NYC Agencies Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

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Political Junkie Asks "Where Did the Money Come From" Answers or non-answers will appear here in the future. Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

Two Astoria Businesses Organize an Easter Party for Kids Thursday, April 17, 2014, at The Candy Bar on Ditmars Blvd. Private Island® Entertainment, The Candy Bar Teamed up to create a special Easter Event for Children Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

Political Junkie says "Not everyone got an answer they liked at the Town Hall Meeting. But at least, they got an answer." Town Hall Meeting April 3, 2014 co-hosted by Assembly Woman Aravella Simotas and the United Community Civic Association Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

BREAKING NEWS:  OurLIC ENDORSES Seven Candidates Including: John Catsimatidis for Mayor of the City of New York; Peter Vallone, Jr. for President of the Borough of Queens; Gus Prentzas for City Council District 22 Astoria; and Jimmy Van Bramer for City Council, District 26, Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria and Maspeth IT IS CRITICAL TO VOTE THIS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10th in the DEMOCRATIC PARTY and REPUBLICAN PARTY PRIMARIES. Do not leave this choice to others. Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

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Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce

NEW SEAL!

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce has announced a NEW seal.


  • In an abstract way, the image captures the many different parts of the community that the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce unites. The lines come from many different points, and then together...and UNITES them to a single focal point.
  • The image has the look of a bird in flight, with a wide span. This suggests "PROGRESS AND GROWTH".
  • This seal captures the old and the new of Long Island City / Astoria. Its font is a contemporary version of an OLD font.The image itself, is a gentle high tech image representing Applied Sciences. Applied Sciences will be an important part of the future of the communities as the Cornell-Technion campus begins to influence western Queens. Our Chamber will help attract high tech businesses that we will want to have locate in our neighborhoods.
  • The 'forward slash' in the Chamber's corporate name is treated as part of the graphic itself, making it look very natural.
  • The wire look is, in an abstract way, capturing the bridge architecture that connects all the Greater Long Island City communities with each other and with Manhattan.
  • The image is very clean and modern looking - and it is a DYNAMIC and three dimensional image.
  • This seal is distinctive and memorable.
  • While all designs are art, this design is both ART as well as a reflection of ARTISTS in the sense that it is fluid and an image that represents DESIGN ITSELF. The artists are an important constituency in the LIC community.
  • When we think of a seal that a restaurant, a bank, a salon, food store, insurance company, or any other business will place on their front door, or on their website, we think that the design is important. This is a simple, clean design that I think people will use.
  • The seal uses a variation of the the colors of the State of New York

The design of the new seal was create by Marvin Berk, WestGroup Alma Bank sponsored a contest, offered to award a winning artist or designer in the Greater Long Island City area with $500 for creating a seal to be selected by the Board of Directors of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce from entries. A number of excellent seals were submitted.

Renos Kourtides, Chief Planning Officer for Alma Bank and Chairman of the Board of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce, said

Arthur Rosenfield, President of the Chamber, said that "This seal captures a spirit of that will make every member of the Chamber proud to be part of it. For decades, that spirit will fuel us all ~ and inspire us to grow and prosper together.

NYC Sets in Motion Five New Measures to Support Small Business

The measures announced October 2, 2012 include:

  1. Identification of violations for which businesses should receive a warning or opportunity to cure the violation instead of an automatic penalty or fine
  2. Elimination of obsolete violations;
  3. Streamlining of regulatory processes; Simplification of the Place of Assembly permitting process;
  4. Standardization of customer service training for all agency inspectors; and
  5. Designation of agency liaisons to serve as points-of-contact with chambers of commerce and industry groups.

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MEETING

There will not be a meeting of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce on April 24, 2014. Please check here for meeting and event schedule.

Part 5: Assisting Government with Regulation Reform for Small Business

LIC Community GETS Chamber Made!

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce received Certification of Incorporation under Section 402 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York on September 5, 2012. ...Continued at OurLIC News


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LIC Entrepreneur wants more commerce. Establishing a Long Island City Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Daily News.

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To make reservations, suggestions, requests, or to become a Founding Partner or Sponsor, please use the Sign In / RSVP Form; or, contact Arthur Rosenfield, OurLIC, Arthur@LICChamber.com, 646-920-4652. Please do not call the restaurant for reservations.

Regular Monthly Meetings will be held on the THIRD THURSDAY of each month.

To make Reservations, suggestions, requests, or to become a Founding Partner or Sponsor, please use the Sign In / RSVP Form; or, contact Arthur Rosenfield, OurLIC, Arthur@LICChamber.com, 646-920-4652. Please do not call the restaurant for reservations.

Membership

Membership and volunteer opportunities are open to businesses, restaurants, retailers, professional firms, contractors, institutions, hotels, organizations, media, and others with an interest in Long Island City including Hunters Point, Dutch Kills, and Astoria.

To make suggestions, requests, to become a Founding Partner or Sponsor, please use the Sign In / RSVP Form; or, contact Arthur Rosenfield, OurLIC, Arthur@LICChamber.com, 646-920-4652.

Travel and Tourism Council for Long Island City

The Tourism Project initiated by OurLIC for Long Island City / Astoria / Sunnyside / Woodside will become part of the Long Island City Chamber of Commerce.

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Meeting for LIC/Astoria Chamber of Commerce - Long Island City Journal

Officers Elected At LIC Chamber Luncheon - Queens Gazette

Comptroller Candidate Addresses LIC Chamber - Queens Gazette

LIC/Astoria Chamber Sets Schedule, Hears Halloran - OurLIC NEWS

Candidate for Comptroller of The City of New York, Dan Garodnick, Addresses the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce - OurLIC NEWS

Chamber Of Commerce Gets Nod From LIC Business Owners - Queens Gazette

Long Island City Chamber of Commerce to be Formed ~ Motion Passed. - OurLIC NEWS


Raymour & Flanigan to Meet with Long Island City / Astoria Business and Community Leaders this Thursday. Reception and Luncheon 4/24/2014

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer to be Guest.


Raymour & Flanigan Showroom, Northern Blvd in Long Island City

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Jennifer Degenarro, Regional Vice President, Raymour & Flanigan



The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce welcomes Raymour & Flanigan to Long Island City in its first 'GROWTH: From the Inside Out' meeting.

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce will meet on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the 18,400 sqft Raymour & Flanigan SHOWROOM at 48-18 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, NY. Raymour & Flanigan Furniture is a 100 unit chain of furniture showrooms at locations throughout the Northeast.

The meeting will begin with a reception at 11:45 AM.

NY City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer will be a Reception Guest and Speaker, and join Chamber members in welcoming the Raymour & Flanigan Showroom to the community. He will update the Chamber on City Council developments relating to Business in New York City and also initiatives in the District. A life long resident of Western Queens, Jimmy Van Bramer was elected to the New York City Council on November 3, 2009. He was overwhelmingly elected to a second 4-year term on November 5, 2013. On January 22nd, 2014 Council Member Van Bramer was elected Majority Leader of the New York City Council which is the second highest ranking member in the 51 member body. As part of his duties as Majority Leader, he was also appointed by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to co-chair the newly constituted Budget Negotiating Team (BNT) which plays an integral role in formulating the City's budget process to fund critical programs, projects and organizations citywide. Council Member Van Bramer also plays a key role is working with all members of the City Council, serving as a bridge between colleagues and the Speaker.

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Raymour & Flanigan to Meet with Long Island City / Astoria Business and Community Leaders this Thursday. Reception and Luncheon 4/24/2014

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer to be Guest.

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LIC EARTH WEEK EVENT:  Bring Electronic Equipment to Vernon Blvd / 48th Ave, Long Island City on Saturday April 26th

EARTH DAY Recycling event in LIC. Hosted by LIC headquartered Guardian Data Destruction and Sponsors

More than a celebration, EARTH DAY is a nationally recognized day dedicated to reducing pollution and to recycling in the United States. It’s one day to inform and educate, one day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about recycling. 

Guardian Data Destruction will be hosting the event with the support of OurLIC, and the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce and others. Together they will be the hosts of a computer and electronic products recycling event in LIC. 

Guardian Data Destruction, along with sponsors, has held the event annually since 2011,  collecting thousands of pounds of eWaste for disposal.

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LIC EARTH WEEK EVENT:  Bring Electronic Equipment to Vernon Blvd / 48th Ave, Long Island City on Saturday April 26th

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What is Wrong with this Picture?

It is a TALE OF TWO AGENDAS

What is the meaning of the fact that Queens and New York City are celebrating both the 50th and 75th anniversary of the World's Fair, and planning to invest millions of dollars to bring back the New York State Pavillion from 1964...while at the same time there is a Mayor of NYC who is deeply committed to deleting the famed Central Park, Horse Drawn Carriages.

A few weeks ago, on March 28, President of the Borough of Queens, Melinda Katz, along with her World's Fair Committee, announced at a Press Conference that Queens institutions would Commemorate the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs with a seres of summer World's Fair Anniversary events throughout the Borough.

She also announced a movement to repair the aged New York State Pavillion.

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What is Wrong with this Picture?

Political Junkie says: It Takes Horse Sense to be a Good Mayor for NYC.

When it comes to priorities ... de Blasio doesn't have any 'horse sense'.

The dictionary defines "horse sense" as; "Sound, practical judgement independent of specialized knowledge or training".

Does Mayor de Blasio have "horse sense?" Obviously, not when it comes to campaign promises and priorities .

His TV election campaign featured demands for Universal Pre-Kindergarten without telling us where the children, some barely out of diapers, would fit in our over-crowded schools.  Many schools are being served by trailers in the school yards for up to 20 years .  Construction of new schools is slow, at best. Is this the time to add additional pressures of higher occupancy to an already strained structural system?  Not, if you have any "horse sense". And yet, he's claiming "victory" for the UPK program.


The next thing he should do for Education is restore the Vallone Scholarship Program for graduating High School Seniors. It's an easy segue for someone with common sense.  Just put the children FIRST.

Other promises heard during the campaign were about banning carriage horses from city streets including Central Park.  Was he serious?  Where does this fit in our city's priority list. Apparently it's not high on the list of New Yorkers like jobs, tourism,etc.  Banning carriage horses causes a decrease in the jobs and small businesses of the drivers and would obviously have a negative effect on tourism.  And, those "antique cars!"   It seems the provider of these cars funneled  large campaign dollars through  PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to de Blasio's campaign and AGAINST  his strongest opponent. Hence, banning carriage horses became a high campaign priority, ahead of jobs, and tourism.

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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Mayor is Helping Kids Go Places at a NYPD Police Athletic Meeting in Manhattan April 11, 2014

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks to NYPD's PAL  4/11/2013

A role model, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor says "I grew up playing in the streets of the Bronx. I just got lucky."

"One day, I found myself laying in the grass and looking up" Justice Sotomayor told a gymnasium filled with Police Athletic League (PAL) supporters gathered on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the PAL Duncan Center on West 52nd Street in Manhattan for the First Annual PAL Awareness Luncheon.

The words she had for kids in New York City were simple and clear. "There is Hope. We are in a world where people care about you. You have pathways to success. Don't sell yourself short. No matter what you try to acheive, something good will happen."

Justice Sotomayor made a special visit to the meeting of PAL supporters because of her long friendship with District Attorney Robert Morgenthau (Chairman of PAL), who she affectionately called "Boss" during her talk, and  others like PAL Board member John Catsimatidis.

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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks to NYPD's PAL  4/11/2013

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Commission William Bratton, New York City Police. (L) Peter Vallone, Sr. First Spealer of the New York City Council at Astoria Civic Assoication meeting April 8, 2014

Commissioner William Bratton Speaks at Astoria Civic Association. Distinguishes between Prevention and Enforcement in Police Work

Bratton says the cost of compliance to new laws and court order will be extremely high in both dollars and manpower. Changes have had an effect on NYPD morale.

Commission William Bratton spoke at an Astoria Civic Association meeting April 8, 2014.  He was among friends, since he had worked closely with the Civic Association Chairman, Peter Vallone, Sr., when Vallone was the First Speaker of the City Council. At the time, Vallone was the architect of "Safe Streets,Safe Cities." Bratton, then head of the Transit Police, credited Vallone with creating the turning point in NYC's historic downturn in crime that has lasted through all Mayoral administrations since David Dinkins.

Bratton also discussed a number of other topics, including the impact of the three new City Council initiated laws, and the Federal Court's decision in 2013.

OurLIC NEWS was at the event and presents full video coverage with this article.

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Commissioner William Bratton Speaks at Astoria Civic Association. Distinguishes between Prevention and Enforcement in Police Work

Crowley Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the New York World’s Fair with House Resolution



Congressman Joseph Crowley

1964 World’s Fair Recognized for Outstanding Achievements and Lasting Legacy in Queens and Across the Country

Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, announced the introduction of H. Res. 552, a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair and recognizing its lasting legacy in not only technology, industry and entertainment, but in the hearts and minds of Americans.

“The 1964 World’s Fair is a source of pride for the people of Queens and throughout the City of New York,” said Rep. Crowley.  “That’s why I am introducing a resolution that honors the legacy of a key moment in our country’s history. With its themes of peace and progress, the fair reflected our nation’s diversity, showcased the very best in American ingenuity and lifted up our country during a tumultuous time.”

The fair opened on April 22, 1964 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and was attended by more than 51 million people. Leaving behind key landmarks such as the Unisphere and New York State Pavilion, the fair’s presence has remained strong in the borough. Many of its structures are still used today by Queens institutions like the New York Hall of Science, Queens Zoo, Queens Theater and Queens Museum.

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Crowley Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the New York World’s Fair with House Resolution

Ditmars Blvd: Ecumenical Patriarchate Irene Chrysovalantou Sacred Patriarchal Orthodox Monastery procession celebrates Holy Friday Evening.




Ecumenical Patriarchate Irene Chrysovalantou Sacred Patriarchal Orthodox Monastery procession on Ditmars Blvd celebrates Holy Friday Evening.

OurLIC NEWS presents a VIDEO of this procession.

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Ditmars Blvd: Ecumenical Patriarchate Irene Chrysovalantou Sacred Patriarchal Orthodox Monastery procession celebrates Holy Friday Evening.

Feature News

Chef / Owner of Opendoor Restaurant displays an EXACT REPLICA of the restaurant he envisioned, and ultimately built...by hand.

VERY SPECIAL VIDEO: Chef Nick Guitart Builds Opendoor Restaurant...HIS WAY!

OurLIC presents video and photo documentary of the Chef who built his own restaurant with his bare hands...his way! Watch the whole story through OurLIC archives.

This is a story that began as dream...and a Community Board meeting in September 2009 and continued until a restaurant named Opendoor opened in March 2013.

Chef Nick Guitart did it his way!

OurLIC NEWS documented the design, development and construction of Opendoor Restaurant as it was happening, at each step. Photography and a special Video are presented with this article.

Opendoor Restaurant is located in the trendy Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, New York, which lies directly on the East River, and is known for its breathtaking views of several miles of the Manhattan skyline. When Nick Guitart discovered Long Island City, with its combination of gritty and new, of trendy and old neighborhoods, it was love at first sight.

He knew it was the place for his new restaurant opendoor.

As LIC folks know, LIC is famous for the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign that you can see from Manhattan. The sign was originally on top of a Pepsi bottling plant and luckily was preserved when they took down the plant in 1999. Just so there would be no mistaking where opendoor’s allegiances were,  chef-owner-operator Nick Guitart  designed and built a 25-foot long replica of the Pepsi sign--from the back! the LIC side! Nick’s Pepsi sign is mounted on the wall in the middle eating section of the restaurant. The understated red neon glow of the sign warms the restaurant and customers love it! Many people come in because they have heard about Nick’s great sign!

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VERY SPECIAL VIDEO: Chef Nick Guitart Builds Opendoor Restaurant...HIS WAY!

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Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher - SUNY - Speaks at ZONE126 Meeting about discovering a success path for children through community support.

SUNY Chancellor Speaks at Long Island City Meeting on Her Views About Early Education, and Why it is Important to SUNY.

OurLIC Video Conversation with SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher participated in a Cradle-to-Career community briefing held by Zone126 at the Variety Boys & Girls Club.

The Chancellor discussed her experience with assisting children to reach their full promise through community based programs.

OurLIC NEWS participated in the meeting and presents a VIDEO of the Chancellors comments along with full video coverage of the meeting. Presentations are made by Zone126 as well as all other organizations attending the briefing.   This article is work-in-progress. Please check back.

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SUNY Chancellor Speaks at Long Island City Meeting on Her Views About Early Education, and Why it is Important to SUNY.

Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President, Announces Commemoration of 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.


Unisphere at Flushing Meadows. A worldwide symbol of America and New York City.


Queena Borough President, Melinda Katz


John Catsimatidis talks to NY1 Reporter about his vision for a NEW World's Fair for New York City, and the meaning of a WOW moment to the children of NYC. Catsimatidis also has a TALK RADIO program, CATS ROUNDTABLE, on Sunday mornings 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Queens to Celebrate major anniversaries this year the 50th and 75th anniversary of World's Fair.

John Catsimatidis calls on Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to at least discuss a commitment to a NEW World's Fair in NYC for 2018 or 2020

In 1939 and again in 1964, Queens hosted the World’s Fair. Both were historic events for Queens, the city and the world. WWII had ended, and only a short few years later, the United States had entered a race for outer space and rocketry with Russia.  The United States was a clear worldwide leader. People wanted to know what we did and how we did it.

The World's Fair in 1964 attracted over 50 million people over a two year period to Queens.  The Unisphere became a symbol of the technological progress and leadership of the United State. By 1969, a mere five years later, that technology took the US to a moon landing in July.

Fast forward to 2014, Queens Borough President, and a committee representing institutions and city / state government announced that Queens would celebrate both World's Fairs by special events at the Cultural Institutions and parks throughout borough as a way to promote Tourism, and re-brand Queens as a destination becasue of its diveristy and attractions.


Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, and a committee announced on March 28 that during the next six months, various Queens entities — including Louis Armstrong House Museum, New York Hall of Science, Noguchi Museum, NYC Parks, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Center, Queens Historical Society, Queens Museum, Queens Theatre and The Port Authority of NY & NJ — will hold commemorative events, such as exhibits, plays, concerts and even a beer festival saying that "People will come to enjoy Queens parks, eat in the restaurants, and stay in the hotels."

Many people who came to the World's Fair decided to live in Queens, ultimately making it the most diverse place in the world.

Borough President Katz also announced a commitment to refurbish the New York State Pavillion. On April 22nd, the Pavillion will open for the first time in decades.

The UniSphere, located in Flushing Meadows Carona Park, has become a Worldwide symbol of Excellence in the United States, seen by every passenger landing in New York City airports and traveling to one of the Boroughs.  Katz wants all travelers to stop at the Unisphere.

Speakers included:

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Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President, Announces Commemoration of 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.

Greek Community Leadership Breakfast with Comptroller Scott Stringer 4/11/2014







More than 5,000 Greeks have settled in Astoria during the past year

New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer, hosted a breakfast for Greek community leaders in his Board Room at 1 Center Street in Manhattan.

The Comptroller is considered a friend of the Greek community and wanted to recognize Greek Independence Day.

During the Comptroller's comments, he said that "The Greek community symbolizes the backbone of the working people of our city."

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Greek Community Leadership Breakfast with Comptroller Scott Stringer 4/11/2014

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Two Astoria Businesses Organize an Easter Party for Kids Thursday, April 17, 2014, at The Candy Bar on Ditmars Blvd.

Private Island® Entertainment, The Candy Bar Teamed up to create a special Easter Event for Children

Two Astoria-based businesses, Private Island®  Entertainment LLC and The Candy Bar have teamed up to facilitate an Easter Party for children. The event was held for Astoria-based Carnival of Love Foundation. The party was held Thursday, April 17, 2014, at The Candy Bar, 19-31 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, N.Y.

In addition to being a confectionery retailer, The Candy Bar is a neighborhood venue for children’s parties and other family and corporate events.

Private Island® Entertainment LLC is an Astoria-based party supply company, founded in 2009 by CEO Jonathan Glatt. The company provides costumes, accessories, and supplies for theme-based parties and events.

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Two Astoria Businesses Organize an Easter Party for Kids Thursday, April 17, 2014, at The Candy Bar on Ditmars Blvd.

NY State Comptroller DiNapoli Weekly Newsletter for the Week Ending April 20, 2014


DiNapoli: Comcast Agrees To Disclose Political Spending

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Monday a shareholder agreement with media and technology company Comcast Corp. to disclose political spending made with corporate funds. In December, as trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, DiNapoli filed a shareholder resolution calling for the company to make public its political spending. The new agreement resulted in a withdrawal of the resolution. As of March 14, the Fund owned 7,885,555 shares of Comcast valued at $383.7 million.

DiNapoli Halts $24 Million in Suspicious Tax Refunds

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Wednesday his office stopped more than $24 million in questionable personal income tax refunds so far in 2014, after finding 7,482 improper filings – an 18 percent rise from last year. To date, DiNapoli’s office audited and approved 4.8 million state refund requests totaling $4.3 billion. Another 346,000 refund requests totaling $352.5 million are expected to be paid in the coming days.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Thursday the following audits have been issued: New York City Department of Environmental Protection; State Department of Health; State Department of Health, Medicaid Program; Office of Mental Health, New York Psychiatric Center; and State Department of Transportation.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Friday announced his office completed audits of the Beacon City School District; Brookfield Central School District; Chenango Valley Central School District; Fabius-Pompey Central School District; Liberty Central School District; School District Energy Performance Contracts; Vestal Central School District; and Westport Central School District.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Friday announced his office completed audits of Cattaraugus County; Town of Cheektowaga; Village of Endicott; Rensselaer County Water and Sewer Authority; and West Glens Falls Fire Company #1.

 

Also in the News

DiNapoli approves $200 million investment for affordable housing in NY

State Controller DiNapoli strikes deal with Comcast to disclose company’s campaign spending

DiNapoli eyes tax fraudsters


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NY State Comptroller DiNapoli Weekly Newsletter for the Week Ending April 20, 2014

OurLIC VIDEO REPORT: Residential Design, Development & Construction in NYC - 2015


MODERATOR: Louis Katsos, President, Jakmar Associates and Adjunct Professor, Cooper Union

Roy Chin, Regional Director of TD Bank, N.A.

James Davidson, AIA - Partner of SLCE Architects

David Dods, Senior Vice President of MacGraw Hudson Construction Corp. / Mackloowe Properties

David Rothstein, Executive Vice President, Construction. Excell Development Company

The Design, Development & Construction Committee of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce held its Spring 2014 meeting at Holy Trinity Cathedral Ballroom on April 3, 2014.

There is optimism about residential real estate development in NYC, with some reservations including the hope that the new city administration can learn the lessons from the prior administrations; and, that employment trends will increase at the same rate as rental costs increase in the city.

The Design, Development & Construction Committee of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce held its Sprint 2014 meeting at Holy Trinity Cathedral Ballroom on April 3, 2014.  Four panelists told a group of approximately 200 gathered, that they were optimistic about residential real estate development in NYC, with some reservations including the hope that the new city administration can learn the lessons from the prior administrations; and, that employment trends will increase at the same rate as rental costs increase in the city.

Panelists include:

MODERATOR: Louis Katsos, President, Jakmar Associates and Adjunct Professor, Cooper Union

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OurLIC VIDEO REPORT: Residential Design, Development & Construction in NYC - 2015

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Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and United Community Civic Association (UCCA) Host Annual Town Hall Meeting April 3, 2014

VIDEO: Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and United Community Civic Association  (UCCA) Host Annual Town Hall Meeting           April 3, 2014

On Thursday evening, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) hosted a Town Hall Meeting at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Over 100 residents were at the meeting to ask question and make commentaries.  Elected officials, respresentatives from approximately 30 agencies of government, Queens Community Board #1, and ConEdison were available to answer questions.

In addition,  Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Senator Jose Peralta, and Councilmember Costa Constantinides spoke to the attendees.

The meeting was moderated by both Assemblymember Aravella Simotas as well as RoseMarie Poveromo, President of UCCA.

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VIDEO: Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and United Community Civic Association  (UCCA) Host Annual Town Hall Meeting           April 3, 2014

An Art District is Born for New York City...in Astoria.  3/28/2014

Kaufman Art District


Hal Rosenbluth, President of Kaufman Astoria Studios, Talks with OurLIC about his vision for the Kaufman Art District

Performers from Frank Sinatra High School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Performers from Frank Sinatra High School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Performers from Frank Sinatra Hifgf School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Performers from Frank Sinatra High School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Performers from Frank Sinatra High School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Hal Rosenbluth, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Talks with OurLIC about the DREAM behind Kaufman Art District.

The Kaufman Arts District, named and designated on March 28, 2014 by the NY City Council at a ceremony, is bounded by 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east and 37th Avenue to the south.  The founding partners of the Arts District are Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts.

Within the Kaufman Arts District is the Museum of the Moving Image, the only museum in the City dedicated to the art and history of film, television and digital media; The Astor Room, a restaurant that is housed in the former Paramount commissary with much of the original interior still intact; Studio Square NYC, an enormous 30,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden that is also used for film and TV shoots; the Queens Council on the Arts, a non-profit organization that supports and develops artists and arts organizations throughout Queens; the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a public school founded by Tony Bennett; UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas, a 14-theater multiplex; the Theater Development Fund’s Costume Collection, a repository of costumes available for use by theater, film and television productions; and the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

OurLIC discussed the new Art District with Hal Rosenbluth, President of Kaufman Astoria Studios in a VIDEO CONVERSATION presented with this article. At the end, Rosenbluth responds to a question about NYC needing people who DREAM, says:

That's right. I have been very blessed to work with George Kaufman since 1980, and the ability to put our heads together to create a vision; and, then be the guy who executes it, has been a career and a thrill of a lifetime that I am very proud of; and, I will always be proud of it and my family will be proud of it.

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An Art District is Born for New York City...in Astoria.  3/28/2014

Kaufman Art District

Feature News

National Greek Independence Day Parade New York Fifth Ave Sunday March 30 --- 2 PM to 4 PM on FOX Station MY 9 in New York Tri state area WORLD WIDE LIVE on the INTERNET 2 PM New York Time John Catsimatidis

GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE Sunday 3/30 2:00 pm -4:00 PM

Greeks Celebrate their Independence on March 25th.

In Astoria, the largest population of Greek people outside of Greece celebrated at the Federation of Hellenic Societies on Friday evening March 14th...Hosted by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and three elected officials of Greek family background.

Updated with Greek Independence Day Parade VIDEO 3/30/14

Few people have given the world as much as the people of Greece. Their contribution to Western Civilization is enormous...including the ideas from the greatest thinkers and philosophers Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates.

From earliest technologies to FREEDOM, Democracy, and Religion, the Greek people have been innovative and passionate about their lives, food, athletics, government, and family values.  They have been especially passionate about independence.  After a rebellion, Greeks won their independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. It is celebrated on March 25th.  This year, in NYC, the large Greek Independence Day Parade on 5th Avenue (Sunday March 30th) will mark the day.

On March 14, 2014 three people of Greek and Cypriot origin, now elected officials, hosted a celebration with Melinda Katz (aka Katzamopulous), President of the Borough of Queens, to recognize leaders of the community and celebrate that which makes the Greek people great leaders in the world...Integrity, leadership, education, community and family, athletics, respect, beauty, family, and love of food.

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GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE Sunday 3/30 2:00 pm -4:00 PM

Greeks Celebrate their Independence on March 25th.

Feature News

Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund GALA Saturday May 10, 2014. HTSF.org

Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund To Celebrate 23rd Anniversary May 10th

Event to Honor Michael Psaros, Mario Frangoulis and George Venizelos and will feature a superstar concert with Frangoulis, Sister Sledge and Valantis!

The Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund will honor Michael Psaros, Co-founder and Co-Managing Partner of KPS Capital Partners, LP, International Classical  Crossover Artist Mario Frangoulis and George Venizelos, FBI – Assistant Director in charge of the NY Field Office, at its 23rd Anniversary Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on Saturday, May 10, 2014. A superstar concert will also be headlined by Frangoulis, Greek singing sensation Valantis as well as Sister Sledge (“We Are Family”).

For 23 years the HTSF has awarded scholarships to over 850 students totaling over $2 million. It also endeavors to provide a once in a lifetime experience for these scholars by creating an unforgettable evening for them where they are recognized before a crowd of over 1200 people.  

Past HTSF honorees have included: Tina Fey, Olympia Dukakis, Gilles Marini, FOX News anchor Ernie Anastos, CBS News Anchor Alexis Christoforous, Fox-5 meteorologist Nick Gregory, Constantine Maroulis, Cat Cora, Marilu Henner, Melina Kanakaredes, and actor Frank Dicopoulos, many of which will be in attendance.

General Chairs are humanitarians and business leaders Margo & John Catsimatidis. John is Chairman of the Red Apple Group, HTSF and Publisher of the Hellenic Times and currently hosts CATS Roundtable on AM Radio 970 Sunday Morning 9-10am.

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TODAY IN HISTORY: SPECIAL OurLIC VIDEO REPORT:  PS229 Sixth Grade Students and Their Teacher, Caroline Roswell,  Make The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Relevant to Today


Who was Fannie Rosen??


Samantha, sixth grade student, says that she is "...upset because the women did not get justice for their death. They didn't have any justice for themselves. But, the men [ed: employers] were free to do what they want."


(R) Caroline Roswell, Social Studies and Computer Science Teacher at PS229 Emanuel Kaplan School .

In 2011, Caroline Roswell (Gruss) brought her sixth grade students to Mt. Zion Cemetery to participate in the 100th Anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911.

On March 25, 1911, one hundred years ago, 145 young Italian and Jewish immigrant women and men died in a tragic workplace fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Manhattan.    The tragic fire is important not only because of the loss of life, but because several workplace safety and union laws were enacted to prevent  employers from creating or neglecting  dangerous circumstances for workers in the workplace.

Important, also, is the fact that immigrant workers at the turn of the century were pouring into America...a place where they could "work for a better life"....not unlike today.

People often refer to the "diversity" of Queens, and the growth of immigrant families here.  You can see the faces of children from immigrant families in schools and neighborhoods throughout the borough.  It is no different than 1911.  People are leaving other countries because they want to work for a better life in New York City and America.

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TODAY IN HISTORY: SPECIAL OurLIC VIDEO REPORT:  PS229 Sixth Grade Students and Their Teacher, Caroline Roswell,  Make The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Relevant to Today

Special Report

American Jewish Congress 2014 Stephen S. Wise Award Dinner honoring Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton, for Lifetime Achievement.

SPECIAL VIDEO REPORT: Hillary Rodham Clinton Honored by American Jewish Congress; Asks 'Would Iranians Rather End  Up like North Korea... or South Korea.' 3/19/2014

American Jewish Congress 2014 Stephen S. Wise Honoree, Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks out on the US Commitment to Israel, and the impact of sanctions on Iran.

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the American Jewish Congress presented Hillary Rodham Clinton with its prestigious Stephen S. Wise Award.

Sounding very impressive and "presidential",  the formidable Mrs. Clinton made it absolutely clear, to hundreds gathered at Cipriani in NYC, that there is an "unshakeable bond between the United States and Israel" saying "America will always have Israel's back through every up and down.  That's what we do. That is who we are."

In asking the question "Would Iranians rather end up like North Korea...or South Korea", the former Secretary of State for the United States of America summoned up the history, talents, and greatness of the people and Civilization of the Iranian people; and, contrasted it to "the distortions that have seized the dreams and aspirations of the Iranian poeple", leaving it with a failing economy that has taken place as a result of the sanctions that have taken a toll on Iran.

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SPECIAL VIDEO REPORT: Hillary Rodham Clinton Honored by American Jewish Congress; Asks 'Would Iranians Rather End  Up like North Korea... or South Korea.' 3/19/2014

Feature News

FACT SHEET for NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

The FACT About NYC's New PAID SICK LEAVE...Including Part Time and Temporary Employees

FACT SHEET from Department of Consumer Affairs

The new City Council passed a NEW PAID SICK LEAVE Bill, which was signed by Mayor de Blasio on March 20, 2014 after much controversy.

The Law makes provision of five sick days for temporary, part time, and full time employees working for companies with FIVE employees or more. The defining element is 80 or more hours per year, and covers residents and undocumented workers.  Government AGENCIES are excluded from the requirements of the law.

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The FACT About NYC's New PAID SICK LEAVE...Including Part Time and Temporary Employees

Hockey Mom is Against the Bag Tax.  It Goes Before NY City Council Today - 3/26/2014

How will this fee be enforced? Is the city going to send tax agents into every supermarket, grocery store and bodega to count the bags?

As a candidate for District 22 City Council Member, I spoke out against the proposed bag-fee legislation with candidate Craig Caruana at a press conference covered by NY1.

This proposed fee is just another tax on the hard working people of New York City, who are already some of the highest taxed people in the country. And as we have seen with the attempts in the past to raise the bottle deposit fees, this is just another avenue for future tax increases.

This is another attempt to nickel and dime (more if you double bag your groceries) the good people of New York who have seen declining wages, fewer hours, fewer jobs and increasing taxes over the last few years. People's budgets are already stretched thin and this is just an unnecessary burden.

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Hockey Mom is Against the Bag Tax.  It Goes Before NY City Council Today - 3/26/2014

New York Senate Votes Down DREAM ACT.

OurLIC Calls for the NY City Council and Mayor de Blasio to Reinstate the Hon. Peter F. Vallone Scholarship


In April 2013, Bill de Blasio, then Public Advocate called on the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg to reinstate the Hon. Peter F. Vallone Scholarship. He said then that it was "...the right thing to do, it is critical to New York City's future."

In its May 1, 2013 edition page 15, the Queens Gazette reported that "Elected Officials, Advocates Call to Reinstate Vallone Scholarship." A similar article appeared in the May 2nd edition of the Queens Chronicle on page 13.  Yet another appeared in the Queens Courier.

Then Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio, stood with other elected officials to ask Speaker Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg to reconsider the action taken to defund the program that had been in place since 1997.

At the time, de Blasio said

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New York Senate Votes Down DREAM ACT.

OurLIC Calls for the NY City Council and Mayor de Blasio to Reinstate the Hon. Peter F. Vallone Scholarship

People Profile

Henry Zilberman

Z-Hotel Owner, Henry Zilberman (53), the Long Island City Real Estate Developer and Entrepreneur, Dies March 1, 2014

Z HOTEL OWNER

Henry Zilberman, owner of the Z Hotel , died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  He was 53 years old.  He is survived by his wife, Susan and two daughters, Meredith and Tali.  He was buried in Israel.

Zilberman came to Long Island City, and is most well known for building the Z Hotel and the Vere Condominium.

As an entrepreneur, Zilberman lived the great American immigrant dream.

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Z-Hotel Owner, Henry Zilberman (53), the Long Island City Real Estate Developer and Entrepreneur, Dies March 1, 2014

New York City News

William Bratton, Police Commissioner, NYC speaking at a PAL Business Luncheon 2/26/2014

William Bratton, NYC Commissioner of Police, Tells PAL Business Luncheon that Murders are Down from 53 in 2013 to 42 this Year as of 2/26/2014

He is glad to be back. Says crime is down in NYC during the first two months, and that he is building on the legacy of Ray Kelly.

This article is work in progress.  Please check back.

OurLIC NEWS attended the Police Athletic League Business Luncheon, sponsored by Mutual of America, February 26th.  William Bratton, the NEW Police Commission for the City of New York, was featured speaker as the organizations Honary President.

John Catsimatidis, candidate for Mayor of NYC and Member of the Board of Directors of PAL, Chaired the meeting.

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William Bratton, NYC Commissioner of Police, Tells PAL Business Luncheon that Murders are Down from 53 in 2013 to 42 this Year as of 2/26/2014

SPECIAL OURLIC REPORT: SAFE STREETS, SAFE HOME.  NYPD and Community Leaders Respond to Increase in Crime in Astoria




COMPSTAT Statistics for 114th Precinct

NYPD 114th Precinct Responding with increased presence of patrolman, seen on Ditmars Blvd and 30th Avenue.

Peter Vallone Jr, Three term City Council Member and former Chair of the City Council's Public Safety Committee, says:

"We are now seeing burglars  and rapists right in the heart of Astoria. Our undermanned precinct needs more cops immediately- especially since the ones we have have been handcuffed by the City Council"

If there is one thing the public does not like, it is when their homes and their streets and their shops are not safe.

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SPECIAL OURLIC REPORT: SAFE STREETS, SAFE HOME.  NYPD and Community Leaders Respond to Increase in Crime in Astoria

New 'Dining Guide LIC' Launched for Astoria, Sunnyside, and Greater Long Island City



Waterfront Crabhouse


Sac's Place

Beta Test of New Technology to present Restaurants

OuLIC / CityEntree have launched a new service at DiningGuideLIC.com, including new technology to present restaurants in a fresh, new way.  CityEntree Recommended MARCH restaurants are available to view.

This is the first step in highlighting restaurants in Greater Long Island CIty, Astoria, and Sunnyside. The service and technology are being powered by CityEntree, and restaurants from the area will also be promoted on the CityEntree service.

The plan is to produce the service as part of Neighborhood Life on OurLIC, and present the restaurants on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. The system is fully geocoded and will be available to provide service based on the immediate location of the user on a cellphone or tablet. It will also be tied to promote tourism for the area.

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People Profile

Tony Vaccaro. Reflecting at 91. Conversation with Arthur Rosenfield

Tony Vaccaro. Reflecting at 91

Tony Vaccaro. Photojournalist, Photographer, Historian, Veteran of WWII Reflecting. At home. Conversation with Arthur Rosenfield

Tony Vaccaro is a world renowned photographer and photojournalist. Now living in Long Island City, Tony first earned his credentials on the battlefields of World War II.  He was recently invited by the country of France to visit Normandy and speak at a special event. 

OurLIC met with Tony on his 91st birthday, shortly after his return to his home in Long Island City.  In a conversation with Arthur Rosenfield, Tony reflects on a variety of topics.  The video conversation is presented with this article in two parts.

Tony Vaccaro has over twenty Honor Decorations and Awards

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Tony Vaccaro. Reflecting at 91

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MTA Announces 22 Weekend Interruption for 7 Subway Line.  Full OurLIC VIDEO

Elected Officials, Business people and Community Leaders Hold Rally. Full OurLIC VIDEO Coverage 1/17/2014 PLUS IMPACT STUDY INTERVIEWS by OurLIC NEWS

COUNCIL MEMBER JIMMY VAN BRAMER, ELECTED OFFICIALS, BUSINESS OWNERS, CULTURAL GROUPS & QUEENS RESIDENTS RALLY AGAINST 22 WEEKENDS OF DISRUPTIONS ON 7 LINE

On January 17th, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by elected officials who represent neighborhoods along the 7 Line, business owners, cultural and community leaders to call on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to stop disrupting the lives of Queens residents and implement a service schedule that gets people to work as well as to and from Western Queens reliably.

The MTA recently announced it will be disrupting service along the 7 Train for 22 weekends. These disruptions will begin February 28th and are projected to continue throughout the year. As a result the disruptions threaten to cripple businesses and cultural groups throughout Queens as well as negatively impact the lives of thousands of riders who count on the 7 Line to get to work, school and vital medical appointments over the weekend.

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Feature News

Hunters Point South Phase II

Contract Awarded for Phase II of Hunters Point South. Includes 1,193 Apartments, with 796 Units being Affordable to Moderate- and Middle-income families.

TF Cornerstone to build Hunters Point South

In May 2013, the New York City Economic Development Corporation issued an RFP for the development of the Phase II or Hunters Point South, the peninsular between the East River and Newtown Creek where the City initially intended to put the Olympic Village.

On Thursday, December 5th, the NYCEDC announced that it was awarding the contract to TF Cornerstone, a developer already very familiar with Long Island City.  This latest project will create 1,193 apartments, with 796 units being affordable to moderate- and middle-income families. One hundred of those apartments will be reserved for low-income seniors. The remainder will be market rate.

Senator Michael Gianaris released the following statement regarding the launch of the Hunter’s Point South Phase 2 development.

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Contract Awarded for Phase II of Hunters Point South. Includes 1,193 Apartments, with 796 Units being Affordable to Moderate- and Middle-income families.

Queens News

Queens Economic Report delivered to the community at a Press Conference December 13, 2013 by NYS Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli

Economic Snapshot Shows that Queens has Rebounded Strongly from Recession

Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, documents growth of Queens.

Queens County has rebounded strongly from the Great Recession over the past two years with employment now at a record level of nearly 500,000 private sector jobs, according to an economic snapshot of Queens released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“Queens is a classic New York success story that is well-positioned for the future,” DiNapoli said. “Superstorm Sandy impacted thousands of Queens residents, but the borough is on the recovery path. With a strong economy, a fast growing and diverse population, and several large projects on the horizon, Queens is booming. ”

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Progress Made by Mayor Bloomberg's Executives to Help Small Business Owners Avoid Fines and Fees


Avoid the MOST COMMON Violations



New information and tools, legislation, review of top violations to prevent fines and fees, plus new fee structure presented at meeting between City Agencies and Non-Government Organizations and Chambers of Commerce that work with small business.

As reported in OurLIC and discussed at the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce meetings for the past 18 months, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has had an objective to make NYC more "business friendly" for small businesses, without diminishing the improvements in NYC quality of life that the Mayor has acheived throughout his administration. Similarly, the City Council has acted with the Mayor, and passed a series of legislative acts that support this objective for the City's restaurants and small businesses.

After a year of dedicated work on this, today a team of Bloomberg Senior Advisors, Assistant Commissioners, Senior Inspectors and others from the Bloomberg Administration presented the latest information, tools, structure, and strategy to ease regulations and fines in order to help achieve the objective of making NYC more business friendly for small business owners.

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Kaufman Astoria Studios Cuts Ribbon on the FIRST Dedicated Backlot on the East Coast


Senator Chuck Schumer cuts the ribbon on the new Kaufman Astoria Backlot 12/3/2013



"The Backlot is an exciting new development for the film and television industry in New York as well as for this area of Astoria. It will draw more world-class productions to New York and gives these productions much needed outdoor space to create temporary sets that can stay up for as long as they need to shoot," said Hal Rosenbluth, president of Kaufman Astoria.

On December 3rd, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Kaufman Astoria Studios, cultural leaders and elected officials celebrated the grand opening of New York City’s first outdoor stage. Council Member Van Bramer, Chair of the New York City Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee, has played a pivotal role in working with Kaufman Astoria Studios  to create the block-long, 34,800-square-foot studio space which will allow productions to shoot exterior and special effects shots outside in a controlled environment.

"The addition of New York City’s first-ever outdoor sound stage puts Astoria on the map when it comes to producing blockbuster movies in the United States," said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the New York City Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee. "I am proud to have helped make this historic project a reality in the same neighborhood where I grew up. By expanding Kaufman Astoria Studios we are continuing the resurgence of the arts that has spurred a renaissance here in Astoria. From a dormant building in the late 1970’s, Kaufman Astoria Studios has built a world-class institution that has helped Western Queens become "Hollywood East".

"As the first dedicated Backlot in the five boroughs, film and television productions are now more likely to yell ‘action’ and choose Kaufman Astoria Studios and New York City as a location for filming," said Senator Charles Schumer. "Today’s ribbon-cutting is a tremendous milestone for the neighborhood, the city, and the thousands of people who work in New York’s booming film and television industries."

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Kaufman Astoria Studios Cuts Ribbon on the FIRST Dedicated Backlot on the East Coast

Economy

Housing Roundtable - November 12, 2013

SPECIAL OurLIC REPORT: Housing Roundtable Hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney  November 12, 2013

Congeresswoman Maloney gathers information, background, perspective, and identifies issues one of three Housing Roundtables held in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Full Video Coverage with this article.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney met with community business and economic development leaders from real estate brokerage firms, banks, financial advisory services real estate developers, economic development corporations, civic associations, and others to gain feedback about housing and housing finance in preparation for action on a bill being authored by the House Financial Services Committee Chairman called the "PATH ACT."    The PATH ACT would eliminate FANNIE MAE and FREDDIE MAC without replacing them.

Another proposal now pending in the Senate, "The Housing Financing Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013" would create a new mortgage re-insurance agency called the Federal Mortgage Insurance Company (FMIC) similar to the FDIC.to replace the catastrophic re-insurance role the taxpayers provided during the recent housing collapse.

Participants in the meeting included:

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SPECIAL OurLIC REPORT: Housing Roundtable Hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney  November 12, 2013

People Profile

Dr. Roy Hastick; President and Founder of Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (CACCI)

LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Roy Hastick

There is a man, who, having the vision and leadership qualities to organize the Caribbean community of leaders and business people into a profoundly successful and influential organization known as the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has led the way for millions of people over more than 30 years.    

One-by-one, deed-after-deed, one proclamation after another proclamation, one achievement after another achievement,  this man has lifted the trade between Caribbean Countries and New York State, and lifted New York State's immigrant community representing 27 Caribbean nations.

Day-after-day, this one man, with the support of his wife, children, friends, and many in government, just never stopped. 

Roy Hastick is Founder and President of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Between TOURISM and TRADE, the Carribean is among New York City's major international partners.

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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Roy Hastick

Alba Restaurant, a Traditional Italian Restaurant on Ditmars Blvd that Starts with Freshness and the Highest Quality Imported Ingredients.


Alba Restaurant, Ditmars Blvd, Astoria

Ask about dining in the private dining room in the rear of Alba.

Western Queens has put itself on the culinary map with some of the finest, most popular, and trendy restaurants and cafes. 

Alba Pizza & Restaurant on Ditmars Blvd, is a traditional, family style restaurant with an extensive menu and high value pricing that appeals to discriminating...and experienced... taste buds.

Everything that you expect from an authentic Italian restaurant starts with the freshness of imported ingredients.

Alba has been popular with pizza lovers for years.  But, Alba is also a full menu, traditional Italian restaurant with wine and beer service that has been owned and operated by the Barretta family since 1987. When you first meet Sal Barretta, he will tell you about the quality of the ingredients that he imports from Italy.

He is right...and you can taste the freshness with every delicious mouthful.

The hallmark of this restaurant is the quality and freshness of its ingredients, and the warm family service that makes you feel at home.

We watch for places like this that stick to the traditional formulas that people really appreciate....lots of familiar menu items, made skillfully with fresh ingredients, served in generous full portions at attractive prices.

Alba is now in second generation, with son Sal responsible for operations. But that doesn't mean that Sal and Maria have left. They are there every day.

On one visit to Alba Restaurant we watched Maria Barretta cutting large, fresh Mushrooms the way she would at home for her family.

This popular restaurant is located on Ditmars Blvd in Astoria, which places it in a neighborhood known worldwide for restaurants with top quality, authentic food. Surviving in this neighborhood for 30 years is a testimony to the quality of food, hospitality, service and high value provided by Sal and Marie and their son Sal.

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Alba Restaurant, a Traditional Italian Restaurant on Ditmars Blvd that Starts with Freshness and the Highest Quality Imported Ingredients.

OURLIC SPECIAL REPORT: NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE in Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City


NY Marathon along Vernon Blvd

30th Avenue Astoria Neighborhood Life

Ditmars Blvd Astoria Neighborhood Life

Madera Cuban Grill - Vernon Blvd LIC

Sugar Freak - 30th Avenue Astoria

Grand Cafe - 30th Ave Astoria

The attractive neighborhoods in Greater Long Island City are changing. New trends emerge.

Lifestyle trends  are often subtle. Transformations in a community are slow.  They sneak up on us, and suddenly, something has changed...and things are different. What we say "WILL" happen, is suddenly a reality.

When trends become reality, it changes the way we look at everything that is important to us.   Trends in a community influence where we live and what we do....where we shop and what we eat. They influence travel, entertainment, investments, relationships and just about everything else.  It is not unusual in history for trends to emerge during recessions. People have ways of adapting. Even policy makers, Community Boards, and others manage to spot trends and adapt their thinking and decisions, once their meaning is understood. Even politics change, as new voters move into districts in large numbers. Shifts in population effect everyone and everything.

Since its beginning in 2008, OurLIC has been like a SCOUT...looking under the surface and behind the doors to explore and reveal the hidden virtues of "our" Long Island City community.   We've identified the new things and tied them together with the old to help make sense of change that has been part of the vision of the community for its own future. The camera has been an incredible tool to chronicle the changes. "Everything Important. Everyone Important. Every Day"....has brought the photos and videos from economic development to block parties and kitten adoptions.

Now, we are opening a new chapter of this service with the announcement of "NEIGBORHOOD LIFE".  With OurLIC NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE we will reach deeper into the changes on each major Avenue, Street, Road, and Boulevard of NYC where we can spot the trends that are changing our lifestyle, quality of life, neighbors, restaurants, shops, and quality of business in Astoria, Long Island City and perhaps catch the shifts in the NYC experience.

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OURLIC SPECIAL REPORT: NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE in Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City

OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant Earns Recommendation from CityEntree


Fresh from the market, grilled fish at OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant on Ditmars Blvd in Astoria

Put OKEANOS at the top of your "to go" list. It is on Ditmars Blvd in Astoria.

OKEANOS is definitely one of the best Greek restaurants in New York for both traditional and innovative Greek cuisine. Their excellent chef has been honing his skills for the past 30 years; and, the perfecting of his dishes are the reward that you will enjoy!

We are excited about the food at OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant. It is delicious and world class, offering diners a great value.  Food is abundant and presented in an appetizing way.

OKEANOS is a CityEntree RECOMMENDED restaurant.

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OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant Earns Recommendation from CityEntree

Feature News

NYC Department of Planning Begins Study of Western Queens Transportation

On June 27th, the Department of City Planning for the City of New York kicked of a Western Queens Transportation Study.  Members of the Greater Long Island City leadership community were invited to participate in the Technical Committee along with various government agencies including the MTA.

OurLIC NEWS attended the meeting and presents a full video with this article.

Watch here for HIGHLIGHTS.

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NYC Department of Planning Begins Study of Western Queens Transportation

Feature News

(L) John 'CATS' Catsimatidis, Candidate for Mayor. (R)Bishop Mitchell Taylor, Founder and President of ERDA. Bishop of Center for Hope International Church

A Tale of One City

When HOPE becomes a path, a dream becomes a promise.

One man grew up in the neighborhood of Harlem in the 1950's and 60's... touched by the Civil Rights movement and the generation that started to break down the barriers.

The other man grew up in the neighborhood of Queensbridge Housing, a decade younger, with an inspiration given to him by his father to make things better.

Both men love NYC and the everyday people that walk our sidewalks, ride our subways, and want to succeed.

Both men, gifted and skillful, climbed to leadership in NYC from backgrounds of humility and modesty.

Both men want to make a difference for children and families in NYC that remain in a struggle to fight crime in their immediate neighborhoods, gain access to funds and financial counsel that is normal and common for others, find work to earn an income, and seek higher education.

Both men know the secrets that all mothers and fathers know. They lived it themselves as children and parents.

One man broke through in the Ministry and had the help of politicians, elected officials, friends, and generous donors who backed his vision. The other broke through in business and NYC community work especially with children and his church.

One man walked into the other man's office. When it came to discuss guns and new City Council legislation, one man said to the other, "I talk to the mothers. They tell me that it is sons killing other sons in their own neighborhood. It isn't sons going to 5th Avenue to shoot people.

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A Tale of One City

Why Consult an Elder Law Attorney?

Attorney Donna Furey is a Contributor to OurLIC specializing in Elder Law, Probate and Administration of Estates, Estate Planning and Protection of Assets, Medicaid Planning and Applications, Medicare and Medicaid Advocacy, Planning for People with Disabilities Guardianship

Why Should You Consult an Elder Law Attorney on Medicaid Issues?

Many people are reluctant to consult attorneys on legally-related matters due primarily to inexperience in working with attorneys.  This is doubly true with respect to issues related to Medicaid coverage of nursing home care for the following reasons:

The cost of consulting with an attorney.


Medicaid eligibility is seen as a non-legal matter that should be straight-forward and not require legal assistance.
Nursing homes often offer to prepare Medicaid applications for residents for no charge at all.
Discomfort with using a public benefits program.

Let’s discuss each obstacle to legal representation in turn.

COST

There is no getting around it.  Lawyers are expensive.  But the bottom line—since that is what we are talking about here—is that they are a lot less expensive than nursing homes.  In the New York City area, nursing homes generally charge $11,350.00 or more a month.  Unless your situation is very complicated, the legal fees will not approach this figure.  If the consultation with the lawyer saves even a month of nursing home fees, the legal costs will be more than justified.  At stake can be a lifetime of hard work and saving.

MEDICAID AS LAW

Certainly, public benefits should be available to those who qualify without having to resort to hiring an attorney.  Unfortunately, this aspiration and the reality of the Medicaid rules are far apart.  The eligibility requirements are defined in a conflicting set of state and federal laws, regulations, bulletins and practices that make it impossible even for attorneys to fathom unless they specialize in the field.  Your case may be simple and may not require the depth of knowledge needed to plan for a more complicated estate.  However, you cannot be sure of that without first meeting with a specialist.  Again, a lot is at stake and given the cost of nursing homes, it is not difficult for a qualified attorney to save the client more than the attorney’s fee.

 

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Why Consult an Elder Law Attorney?

LIC Headquartered Guardian Data Becomes Certified for Hard Drive Destruction by National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)


Glenn Laga, President of Guardian Data Destruction holding remains of a shredded hard drive.



PHOENIX, ARIZONA – In June, Guardian Data Destruction, Inc. became certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) for computer hard drive sanitization and physical destruction.

"“To support our continued growth with our full suite of onsite data destruction services it is imperative that we provide the client with a secure and standardized process so the experience is to the same service standard at any of their sites in the U.S.,' said Glenn Laga of Guardian Data Destruction. "Becoming NAID certified provides our clients with a third party, industry recognition that GDD meets NAID’s security procedures and validates to the client that GDD will execute a standard process at any of their location in the U.S.';

Guardian Data Destruction is a secure information destruction company based in Long Island City, N.Y. with locations in Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and Seattle. They specialize in onsite data erasure or destruction, asset logistics, site decommissioning and asset disposition. By becoming NAID certified, Guardian Data Destruction can demonstrate its compliance with operational and security specifications.

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LIC Headquartered Guardian Data Becomes Certified for Hard Drive Destruction by National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)

Halletts Point Community Approved by Community Board #1 5/21/2013




Over 2,000 Units on East River

On May 21, 2013 Lincoln Equities Group, the Development Partner, presented a plan for "Halletts Point ~ A New Queens Community" to the Queens Community Board #1.  The plan was substantially approved.

Hallets Point is a peninsula on the East River that is located just north of the tip of Roosevelt Island, and just South of Randalls Island, forming a narrow tidal strait called Hell Gate.

Project Objects for the area of development include:

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Halletts Point Community Approved by Community Board #1 5/21/2013

Prepare Yourself.   Welcome to the VIDEO WORLD of the Students at Information Technology High School's Video Academy in Long Island City!







OurLIC brings you inside the Video Academy and the evolving "Media Lab" at ITHS on 44th Drive and 21st Street.

A few months ago, OurLIC took an interest in Information Technology High School because it seemed that NYC's plan to place an APPLIED SCIENCES campus, Cornell Technion, a short distance away created an unusual opportunity for the students and the community.  The school's instructors, and its Principal, Joseph Reed, were interested in creating more awareness of the Information Technology High School, and were interested in gaining more support from the community.

After receiving permissions from the Department of Education, OurLIC produced a SPECIAL REPORT on Information Technology High School: OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION & TOUR:  Principal Joseph Reed, Information Technology High School.  Giving Students Access to Opportunity

After that article, we met with an instructor, Michael Vanderputen, to discuss the idea of creating a "Media Lab" at the school, and found that much of what was needed, already existed....especially the talent.

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Prepare Yourself.   Welcome to the VIDEO WORLD of the Students at Information Technology High School's Video Academy in Long Island City!

Rockrose's Elghanayan and DouglasElliman's Kotler Speak at LIC BID Annual Meeting 6/26/2013



Court Square Bid Zone Map


VIDEO Presented with this article.

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Rockrose's Elghanayan and DouglasElliman's Kotler Speak at LIC BID Annual Meeting 6/26/2013

SYMPOSIUM VIDEOS: Long Island City “Place-Making Economic Development & Corporate / Real Estate / Social Value Creation Strategies” for February 27 / 28, 2013


John Catsimatidis. KEYNOTE Speaker. Candidate for Mayor of NYC. Symposium on Valuation Strategies, Long Island City / Astoria Chamber or Commerce February 27 / 28, 2013

Long island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce Presents 'Community Leadership Resolution' to Hon. Peter F. Vallone, Sr. First Speaker of the City Council for the City of New York

Lindsay J. Thompson. Lindsay Thompson is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore, Maryland,

David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, National Director, Corp RE & Advisory Services, Sperry Van Ness and Corporate Valuation Advisors (moderator)

Kathrine Gregory, Entrepreneurs Space. Panelist at Community Symposium February 28, 2013 hosted by Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

Kip McMahan, Principal, Fletcher Thompson Architects

Full Video Coverage of Community Symposium made available by Sponsors: Alma Bank, 30th Avenue Business Association, and OurLIC NEWS.

On February 27th and 28th, the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce presented a Symposium as part of a Community Development Symposium Series it is organizing.  The theme of this Symposium was “Place-making Economic Development and Corporate Real Estate/Social Value Creation Strategies" which presented innovative ideas on strategies for corporations, municipalities, and entrepreneurs to create new economic development and jobs within the communities. The Symposium was created by Corporate Valuation Advisors and Sperry Van Ness, leading national real estate and valuation consulting firms recognized for their work with corporations, private equity firms, universities, governments, and communities throughout the United States (www.valuecreaterealestate.com)

In his Keynote comments, John Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group and candidate for Mayor of the City of New York, echoed the perspective of Peter F. Vallone, Sr. in his FIRST WORDS at the previous night's reception. Vallone had described a period in the history of Long Island City and Astoria when there was high crime.  He attributed the safer, more desirable neighborhoods to actions taken such as the formation of the Astoria Civic Association and the Boys and Girls Club.  Families appreciated that the community offered productive solutions for their children; and that the streets were made safe.  Catsimatidis made similar points with his views that education is the foundation for job qualification, especially in the trades. He talked about his own life. He said that "NYC is failing its children" by not preparing them properly. 

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SYMPOSIUM VIDEOS: Long Island City “Place-Making Economic Development & Corporate / Real Estate / Social Value Creation Strategies” for February 27 / 28, 2013

Feature News

OurLIC.TV launched as a Community TV Platform.

OurLIC Announces New Community TV Platform at OurLIC.TV

Channels to provide news, information, entertainment, and public service for Greater Long Island City

On April 22, 2013, OurLIC launched a new community TV platform for Greater Long Island City. The service is available at OurLIC.TV

Like Cable or Broadcast TV, the idea of a community TV platform is that organizations and entrepreneurs can license a CHANNEL on contract.  The MIX of content on OurLIC TV CHANNELS will be of interest to residents and business people living in Hunters Point, Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside, Dutch Kills, Roosevelt Island, and other relationally connected areas.

OurLIC.com has an established library of over 3,100 videos, and has been providing the Greater Long Island City neighborhoods with coverage of important events and conversations with important people since 2008. In many cases, the coverage of meetings has been complete and comprehensive. OurLIC NEWS has been the closest thing to community TV for some time. This is a natural extension of the OurLIC media services.

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OurLIC Announces New Community TV Platform at OurLIC.TV

OurLIC NEWS ARTICLES AND SPECIAL REPORTS "IN PROGRESS"

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FIVE SPECIAL REPORTS AND VIDEO INTERVIEWS

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John Duran, Chef, Foodcellar Market & Eatery Go to Special Report

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer
Jimmy Van Bramer, New York City Councilmember District 26, addresses Long Island City Business Development Corporation.

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Joseph Tazewell, NYC Regional Director, Empire State Development

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New York State Senator President Pro Tempore Malcom A. Smith

The Foodcellar Market & Eatery Offers New, Innovative Carving Station with Culinary Quality Foods Chef John Duran prepares imaginative food for the sophisticated tastes of Long Island City residents.

Go to Special Report

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer Adresses Long Island City Business Community LICBDC Hosts Business Breakfast with Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer April 21, 2010

Go to Special Report

Queens Economic Development Leadership Council Hears Overview of Empire State Development and its Economic Plans from Joseph Tazewell, NYC Regional Director; ESD. Discuss Governor Paterson's 2010-2011 Executive Budget.

Go to Special Report

Jobs for the 21st Century. The New York State Tri-Level Joint Legislative Task Force holds Hearing in Queens. Joint Legislative Hearing for Queens. 4/23/2010

Go to Special Report

Natural Frontier Market Grand Opening Continues through June 30th Go to OurLIC GRAND OPENING Profile of Natural Frontier Market.

OurLIC has launched OurLIC Culture.

We are pleased to present CulturePop, PANORAMA, INTERSECTION, Ear to the Ground by Insider Contributors who know what is happening in Long Island City because they live it every day as experts in their area. Additionally, we are very proud to be able to bring you Ed Koch Reviews, written by the former Mayor of The City of New York and presented here for your entertainment.

Ed Koch Reviews is written by Former Mayor Edward Koch of The City or New York. It is presented to OurLIC readers for your enjoyment.

The neighborhood is hopping with culture these days. Music, visual art, theater, dance. CulturePop is written by Sofia Landon Geier, an OurLIC Insider Contributor.

Art is the language of the human spirit. It is as old as our earliest civilizations. Art is a language that is also universal -- it speaks to us no matter what words articulate our thoughts. Living with art that not only reflects our vision but also expands our spirit is essential. The call and response of the human spirit is amplified through artwork. Come out. Look. Bring your check book. Buy art, buy local. P A N O R A M A is written by Karen Fitzgerald, an OurLIC Insider Contributor.

This column in OurLIC will have a meaning for the word INTERSECTION both as a physical location as well as a place where there is a merging of diverse cultures. INTERSECTION is written by Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, an OurLIC Contributor, Instructor, and Urban Geographer.

Everyone knows that keeping your "ear to the ground" means paying attention to what is happening around you; getting an early sign that something is coming, pay attention to rumors.

To us "ear to the ground" items are things that are not in a calendar yet, and stories that are still too early to write articles about. Even a well confirmed rumor will qualify.

Ear to the Ground is written by Dana Humphrey, an OurLIC Insider Contributor.

OurLIC EXCLUSIVE

Economic Forecast Breakfast with Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City


Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City
Go to Full Video and Photo Coverage of Economic Forecast.

 


Gayle Baron, President, LICBDC Go to LICBDC

 


Seth Bornstein, Executive Director, QEDC Go to QEDC

 

Presentation made possible by the Long Island City Business Development Corporation [ LICBDC ] and Queens Economic Development Corporation [ QEDC].

 

Long Island City, New York March 18, 2010 - Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, addressed a gathering of business and organization leaders about the challenges faced due to the economic downturn. Her economic forecast focused on the difficult challenges facing the global community as part of an economic recovery. The meeting was organized by the Long Island City Business Development Corporation [LICBDC] and the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

Ms. Wylde began her address by declaring that she was not an "economist", and not an expert in the local Long Island City market; but, wanted to talk about the larger context of the economy (globally, nationally, and Albany) and how they were effecting the development of strategies going foreward.

On the same day, Partnership for New York City released a PricewaterhouseCoopers Report indicating that New York City Remains a Global Powerhouse, but that issues of cost, livability and sustainability are significant future challenges. Go to March 18th Press Release.

Full video coverage of her address and follow up Q&A are available in the left column in 20 segments of approximately three to five minutes each.

Highlights:

  • In a global sense, the economic forecast is pretty good.
  • We are coming out of a two year global recession, and; based on actions of governments and central banks around the world, we avoided avoided a great depression.
  • We are experiencing a jobless recovery and noone is certain where the jobs of the future will come from in this country.
  • Our economic growth will come from trade and business relationships with China and India, where growth this century will come from.
  • The GDP in the US is expected to grow by over 3.0% in 2010. At 3.0% growth, it would take a decade to get back to where we were in terms of jobs in 2007.
  • We have a longterm prospect of relatively high unemployment, and the social and economic consequences of that.
  • Nationally, the three big challenges are:
    1. Jobs.
    2. Bringing Consumers back into the market.
    3. Dealing with the continuing credit crunch faced by small business.
  • Large and mid-sized businesses in most sectors have money to invest, and are preparing for increased activity. But they are not rehiring, and may not rehire in this country at the same levels as before the cuts.
  • New jobs will take a while. They will come from new start-up companies, new industries taking shape, and foreign companies setting up operations in the US.
  • THE FIRST COMMERCIAL TENANT CONTRACTED IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IS A REAL ESTATE COMPANY FROM CHINA THAT WILL BRING CHINESE COMPANIES TO THE US.
  • New York City and Queens can excell in jobs related to the "export sector".
  • More available on video segments to the left.

Job creation, and investment in the future, both Citywide and at the local level.

Go to Full Video and Photo Coverage of Economic Forecast.

New Service Promotes Long Island City Performing Arts

OurLIC STAGE

OurLIC has launched an important new section of its service to provide an online stage for the growing performing arts community of western Queens. A unique format will permit each theater, studio, or company to have its own virtual stage representing its actual physical stage. Performing companies can add videos, calendars, booking and other content, plus integrate their OurLIC STAGE with their OurLIC Profile and OurLIC Social Networking tools to expand promotional capability and personalize their theater or studio.

Expanding and promoting the performing arts, and the talented people who create dance and theater, is an important way to build the quality of life in LIC; and a great way to strengthen the economy here.

OurLIC is helping to cross promote participating restaurants and hotels with theaters and studios. The service will also highlight promotional offers between theaters like the Secret Theatre and restaurants like Da Gianni Ristorante.

For the past year, OurLIC has provided space for Artists, Photographers and Designers through its popular OurLIC GALLERY.

Organizations interested in Travel and Tourism should also refer to Travel and Tourism Council of Long Island City, a newly forming Council being spearheaded by Anna Gaffney, Director of Sales and Marketing at Holiday Inn Manhattan View.

For questions, comments, and feedback please use our Optin Form or send an email about Performing Arts in LIC to Arthur@CityEntree.com

Go to OurLIC Stage.

Go to Valerie Green's Green Space.

Go to Harriet and Ned Kinter's Ballet for Young Audiences

Long Island City News

News

Library at Queens West / Hunters Point, OurLIC Contributer: Don Dodelson, President, Friends of Queens Library at Hunters Pint / Queens West, Long Island City.

Letter to LIC Community about the planned Library at Hunters Pint / Queens West

Dear Neighbor,

Did you know that a public library is promised to us to be built here on the river in Long Island City?

This is what I know about the project:
Go to Article

Don Dodelson Profile

OurLIC TidBits

Ring 8 Background and History, OurLIC Contributer: John Edebohls, Member of Ring 8, Long Island City.

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John Edehohls Profile

Two Long Island City Restaurants have launched new websites to kick off 2010.

Lounge 47 begins the new year with a new website that focuses on Vernon Blvd and the people that make Lounge 47 an interesting place. It notes that Lounge 47 is a Reflection of Vernon Blvd:
"Amidst all of the change that is taking place, Lounge 47 has become an important gathering place for both newcomers and long time residents."

Menu Item Gallery
Interior
People having fun

Bel Aire Diner & Restaurant on 21st Street and Broadway in Astoria, is known for its food and service. It promotes it's "Best Diner in Queens" award from the DAILY NEWS. That is quite an achievement.

Menu Item Gallery
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