7 train will run for Lunar New Year

Revelers looking to celebrate the Lunar New Year next month will find it a little easier to get to Flushing.

Not only will the MTA suspend construction work on the 7 line the weekend of the annual parade – held this year on February 21 – but the weekend prior as well. That means subway riders will have an uninterrupted ride from Times Square to Main Street.

“This is not only about cultural sensitivity, but it has an impact on our community as well,” said Assemblyman Ron Kim.

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If you plan to travel to Flushing by car, LAZ parking garage (close to main street) is offering parking discounts to Flushing visitors.


Empire Dragon Boaters and River Keeper to host water cleanliness workshop tonight

As part of their ongoing effort to clean up Flushing Bay, the Empire Dragon Boat team is joining River Keeper to host an informational meeting on how to help keep local waterways clean tonight at Flushing Town Hall.

The community training event will focus on informing local residents about the state of water quality in NYC’s urban waterways, how infrastructure problems and land misuse have led to their contamination, and how to recognize illegal sources of pollution as well as what to do about them, according to the River Keeper website.

The Empire Dragon Boat team is New York City’s only team that is fully populated by cancer survivors, and the team trains in Flushing Bay on a regular basis.

As a result of contamination from sewage and storm runoff in the bay, several team members have been hospitalized after exposure to the water, with reported reactions including gastrointestinal problems and persistent skin rashes. For this reason, the team is actively involved in Bay cleanup efforts.

Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, and the event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Parking is hard to find, so LAZ parking garage (5 min walk from Flushing town Hall,) is offering a special discount to Town Hall visitors. $10 for 3 hours, or $20 for the entire day!

How a good accountant can help your business in Flushing

Do you think of your accountant as just someone who you send your receipts and reports to at tax time? Do you limit your contact with your accountant to a few tiresome weeks in the spring? And then wait a year to speak to them again?


If this sounds like you, you’re missing out on a big part of what your accountant can offer you and your small business.


Accountants can help you answer these key questions:

What is your end goal for the business?

How much growth do you want to see?

How soon do you need it to be profitable?

How much money do you need to make each year?

What role do you want to have in your business?

The most important thing to realize about being a small business owner is that going out on your own doesn’t mean being on your own. Even if you never hire an employee, that doesn’t mean you won’t be working with people along the way. You owe it to yourself and the success of your business to partner up with key professionals. One of the most important of these is a good accountant. If you share your goals and dreams for your business with them, they will provide you with the advice and plans you need to reach those goals.

Talk to an accountant who knows the landscape of Flushing, NY; an accountant who can help your business succeed.


#oomphforkaty campaign has drawn large support for Queens woman awaiting double lung transplant

Katy Starck-Monte has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that causes frequent lung infections, difficulty breathing and other serious symptoms. Whitestone residents Monte and her husband Joe, a firefighter, are expressing their desperate need for organ donors throughout the region.katy8q-3-web

Friends of Katy started a social media campaign, #oomphforkaty, which has drawn support from people across the country including celebrities such as Kevin Bacon and Matthew Broderick. The campaign began in December to promote awareness of cystic fibrosis and organ donation as well as give Katy moral support.

The Facebook page includes a video message from “Sharknado” star Ian Ziering and pictures of Bacon and Shawn Ashmore sending support, as well as former Yankee Jonny Damon and others.

Katy has been on a waiting list for lungs since August but has not received any calls for matches.


Parking Garage in Flushing offers parking discount to LGA travelers

Are you traveling from LaGuardia Airport, but don’t want to pay a large fee for airport parking? laz1

LAZ Parking Garage in Flushing, Queens now offers discount rates for airport travelers! Only $20 per day, while you’re on your trip.

Laz is only a 5 minute cab ride to LGA terminals.

Laz Parking’s garage is a temperature controlled indoor garage,white glove valet service and is 24/7 secured.

“AT LAZ Parking, we take pride in securing your car. Let us relieve the stress of parking for a larger fee at LGA.” – Brian Persaud, Facility Manager.

Visit LAZ Parking Official Website

Queens Baseball Convention at Citi Field next week

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 12.51.13 PMWhile most sports fans are still fully entrenched in football, hockey and basketball right now, the season of baseball is on the verge of blooming, and the annual Queen Baseball Convention is right around the corner.

The full schedule of events for this year’s convention has just been released, and special guests of the event include Mookie Wilson and Wally Backman.

Entry to QBC 15 costs $35 and can be ordered via EventBrite. All attendees will receive autographs from both Wilson and Backman on any item, within reason.

“Our design is a combination of ‘Fan Fest’ meets ‘Comic Con,'” says the QBC’s website. “The spirit of the day is for the fans to get together, celebrate baseball in Queens, and to bring the kiddies and bring the wife. Events will range from appearances by Mookie Wilson, Wally Backman, Ed Charles, Josh Lewin, panels, trivia, appearances by Mr. Met, Sandy the Seagull and Pee-Wee…and a whole lot more.”

In 2014, special guests included Ron Darling, Ed Kranepool, Art Shamsky and Mr. Met to name a few.