queenschamber.org THIS IS QUEENSBOROUGH Queens College and the QCC Introduce TIQC: The Tech Incubator at Queens College Backed by Queens College of the City University of New York, the New York City Council and the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Tech Incubator at Queens College (TIQC) helps early-stage ventures build successful 2 technology companies, which will in turn expand job opportunities and promote innovation and development in the borough. The first such facility in the borough, the incubator is designed to appeal to Queens-based startups, including those led by women and immigrants. Harnessing the advanced computational infrastructure and intellectual resources of Queens College, TIQC creates an outstanding co-working environment for tech startups. It is located on Queens College’s 80-acre tree-lined campus, and is easily accessible by public transportation and a shuttle bus connecting to the subways and LIRR. TIQC offers flexible work space with high-speed internet access, wireless connectivity, and state-of-the-art peripherals, including a 3-D printer. In addition, the incubator puts entrepreneurs in contact with the talent pool of Queens College, a local economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any institution in metropolitan New York. Among the startups working out of TIQC are Kidmoto, which connects parents to drivers who have federally approved and properly installed child seats; Fix Me, which offers homeowners a site where they can post their proposed home projects and receive bids from licensed professionals; and TrackStar Tutoring, a company created and owned by minority women and registered with the New York City Board of Education that offers tutoring, workshops, and test preparation to individuals and institutions. To find out more about what the Queens College Tech Incubator offers, call 718-570-0574 or visit www.tiqc.nyc. QUEENS QUIPS Old Navy to open in historic Jackson Heights building An Old Navy store will be opening a new location in Jackson Heights, replacing a former clothing shop and jewelry store at 37-46 and 37-50 82nd Street. The historic building that will house the store was built in the 1920s, originally as Clark’s Department Store. GreenbergFarrow, the architects in charge of redesigning the new Old Navy store, received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to combine the two storefronts. Although it is not clear when Old Navy, which is owned by Gap Inc., will open its doors, it will be joining other Gap-owned stores already in the area, including a Banana Republic and a Gap Outlet. NYCEDC names Queens Library as operator of Jamaica culinary training program The New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced that the Queens Library will be hosting and operating its new program, the Jamaica Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Space (FEASTS). NYCEDC selected the Queens Public Library’s proposal to operate the culinary pre-accelerator, which will build on their Job & Business Academy. The Job & Business Academy provides specialized training and learning opportunities, with an emphasis on technology training, to job seekers, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott expressed their enthusiasm about the announcement. Katz said, “This partnership in Jamaica FEASTS as an ingredient for growth is both an exciting and natural one. The Queens Library serves as a topflight community hub of lifelong learning and enrichment, and their winning bid to operate this culinary pre-accelerator will expand opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners alike.” Walcott added, “We are grateful to the New York City Economic Development Corporation for giving us the means to offer local entrepreneurs the tools to thrive.” Dick’s Sporting Goods to open its first location in Queens Dick’s Sporting Goods store will be opening up its first Queens location in Forest Hills where its former rival, Sports Authority, once resided. Sports Authority closed down this location after the chain went into bankruptcy, and Dick’s Sporting Goods acquired this lease as well as 30 others in a bankruptcy auction last June. Dick’s is expecting to open its door by spring of 2017 at 73-25 Woodhaven Blvd. It will be the second location of the chain in New York City, with the other located on Richmond Avenue in Staten Island. Flushing commercial property sells for record price Cushman and Wakefield announced in December that it sold a development site in Flushing for $13 million, translating to $341 per square foot. This site, at 159-18 Northern Blvd., was the location of a former branch of Flushing Bank. This price was a record for the neighborhoods along Northern Blvd., and illustrates that the neighborhood of Flushing now tops the borough of Queens for new commercial office projects. The upswing began approximately a year ago, propelled by a strong local economy and its proximity to the No. 7 train line. Dollar Tree photo National retail chains added many Queens locations in 2016 The number of national retail locations in Queens increased slightly this year and the retailers that added the most significant presence to the borough were Dollar Tree and CVS, according to a new report released by the Center for an Urban Future in December. Dollar Tree had no locations in Queens last year and now has 17 new locations in Queens Village, Sunnyside, Flushing and other neighborhoods. CVS added 13 to Queens this year. Other chain stores that increased their presence in the borough include Dunkin Donuts with eight new locations, Starbucks and Family Dollar with four new locations each, and Subway, which added three new stores to its chain.
To see the actual publication please follow the link above