Celebrate Black History Month at Queens College

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Queens College is marking Black History Month this February with a series of impactful events.

Kicking off the month will be the first of a series of lunch and discussions on Wednesday, February 6 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Near the end will be a Black Business Expo on Wednesday, February 27. Students will be able to network with successful African-American business owners and entrepreneurs. This event is free and open the public.

Here are some other events lined up this Black History Month:

  • Queens College celebrates Jazz History Month and the publication of “Art Kane.Harlem 1958.”
    • Thursday, February 7, 7 – 9 p.m.
    • Benjamin Rosenthal Library
  • Reflections- In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • Monday, February 25, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
    • Student Union Ballroom West
  • Creative Arts in the Caribbean: “Our Story”
    • Thursday, February 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Student Union Ballroom, 4th floor

Check back with the Queens College website for updates on events.

Apply for free marketing services now!


Small businesses with 10 or fewer employees in Flushing can now apply for free marketing services, courtesy of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.

Funded by the Dept. of Small Business Services, and in collaboration with Sixty First Productions, the chamber is offering services including:

  • Custom website development
  • Social media strategy
  • Professional photography
  • Video marketing
  • Consultation

The application for the program, called “Made in Flushing,” is now available online here.

If you’re wondering if these actually make a difference, the chamber and Sixty First Productions piloted the program at three places: New Asian Food, a South Asian vegetarian spot, Rim’s Fine Jewelry, and the popular Joe’s Steam Rice Roll.

Ikhwan Rim, owner of Rim’s Fine Jewelry, said he’s already seen profit from these better marketing materials.

For more information, contact John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, at john@flushingchamber.nyc.

One Flushing hosts job fair for new development


One Flushing, a new mixed-use residential and commercial building in Downtown Flushing, is hosting a job fair for several positions.

On Friday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Asian Americans for Equality and Stanton-Norfolk Property Management are looking for a front desk concierge, porters and a maintenance repair person for the property.

The job fair will be at 35-45 Union Street, just across from Flushing High School.

Full-time and part-time positions are available. The jobs provide health benefits with paid vacation, holidays, sick days and personal days. Bilingual skills in Chinese, Korean or Spanish are a plus.

Applicants should arrive at the job fair with a resume and be prepared for initial interviews.

To RSVP or make an appointment, call 718-961-2833 or email Winnie Guo at winnie_guo@aafe.org.

Bayside House of the Week 1/19/19

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The Bayside House of the Week is a well-maintained one-family sitting on a 40×100 lot.

The home boasts four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, lots of storage and closet space. There are high ceilings as well as a backyard with a storage shed. If you’re interested in a two-family home, it’s possible to create one on this lot because R3X Zoning allows for it.

The gas boiler is in excellent shape, the home has central air and the hot water heater is just two years old.

Talk about location, too! The home is near P.S. 213, Alley Pond Park, Q30, Qm5, Qm8 and Qm35 Buses.

The property is listed by O’Kane Realty for $969,000.

4DX theater coming to Tangram

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The first 4DX movie theater in Queens will soon come to Flushing.

Tangram, a mixed-use, 1.2 million-square-foot development, announced that Regal will occupy a 34,000 square foot multiplex with seven cinemas.

What is 4DX, you ask? It combines state-of-the-art viewing with theme-park-like effects. In essence, you can feel the motions through vibrations and environmental factors like wind and rain.

The lease is for 20 years, Tangram says.

In addition to the theater, the development will have 320 luxury condos, 48 office condos, a four-star lifestyle hotel and other retail including a food hall, a beer garden and high-fashion shopping.

Construction is still ongoing at the site, located at 37th Avenue/Prince Street/39th Avenue/College Point Boulevard.

Apply for a “Love your Local” grant

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Here’s your chance to apply for a New York City “Love your Local” grant to help your small business.

Twenty mom and pop shops across the five boroughs will secure grants of $90,000 each.

The money can be used to improve operations, recruit and train employees, update technology or improve financial management.

The application is due on January 22.

The grants are available to long term, non-franchised businesses.

Learn more about “Love your Local” and apply for the grant here.

Valentines for Vets is back

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Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, or Single’s Awareness Day, or Galentine’s Day, you can always participate in the 22nd annual Valentines for Vets gift drive.

Every year, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein from Bayside and the Law Offices of Ann-Margaret Carrozza sponsor this event.

They are collecting donations of cars, candy (sugar-free is a plus), playing cards, puzzles, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, new clothing items, robes, slippers and socks for the hospitalized and disabled veterans at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans and the St. Albans VA Community Living Center.

The deadline for donations is Monday, February 11.

Drop off the donations at one of these locations:

  • Braunstein’s office; 213-33 39th Avenue, Suite 238
  • Law Offices of Ann-Margaret Carrozza: 213-38 40th Avenue
  • Community Board 11: 46-21 Little Neck Parkway