Queens Chamber to distribute PPE in Bayside

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On Friday, October 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Queens Chamber of Commerce is distributing personal protective equipment for businesses in Bayside.

The free PPE distribution will take place outside of Mad for Chicken, located at 39-02 Bell Boulevard.

The event is part of the chamber’s Neighborhood Sidewalk Outreach initiative. Congresswoman Grace Meng, the Bayside Business Association and the Bayside Village BID will also be there.

Local business owners can drop by and pick up a bag of PPE, including face masks, face shields, digital thermometers and information from the city and state.

Queens College leads CUNY in MWBE vendor hiring

Surinder Virk handles procurement, property and fleet management for the college

Surinder Virk handles procurement, property and fleet management for the college

Queens College was recognized by CUNY for having the highest percentage of minority and women-owned business enterprises hired as vendors across the city university system.

Since the initiative was announced in 2019 by CUNY Chancellor Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, the former president of Queens College, the university’s engagement with MWBEs shot up to 52.7 percent, up from 35.72 in 2018.

In recognition of those efforts, Queens College was awarded the CUNY MWBE Participation Award.

“Our core mission of educating students takes place in the classroom,” said QC President Frank Wu, “and what we do as an institution as a member of the larger community also impacts our students and faculty in the example of set.”

Recent projects and services around campus that use MWBE vendors include the campus Wi-Fi network installation, maintenance of HVAC systems, office and custodial supplies, and promotional items.

Flushing’s Finest virtual guide takes to the neighborhood’s best places

Image courtesy of Queens Together

Image courtesy of Queens Together

Queens Together, a restaurant advocacy group formed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, has launched a new digital food guide along with Queens foodie and author Joe DiStefano.

Called “Flushing’s Finest,” the guide takes viewers to the 20 best attractions in downtown Flushing, from restaurants to historic institutions.

Some of the places explored are Joe’s Steam Rice Roll, Maxi’s Noodle, Tianjin Dumpling House and the Old Quaker Meeting House.

Flushing’s Finest will be available online on Friday at 10 a.m. starting at $20.

The proceeds will go toward Queens Together’s mission of supporting local restaurants and combating food insecurity.

Read more about the digital guide in this week’s Queens Examiner.

Kim begins new roles as adjunct professor at two schools

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Assemblyman Ron Kim is taking on a new role: educator.

Kim began a gig as an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, where he will teach a seminar on FinTech with Cornell Professor Robert Hockett.

He will also be an adjunct at Riverdale Country Day School, his alma mater, where he will teach community activism to high school students.

Kim has previously lectured on new economic models at educational institutions like University of Tokyo, and as a guest lecturer at NYU, Columbia, Queens College and Boston University.

MetroCard mobile van coming to Fresh Meadows

Screen shot via Google Maps

Screen shot via Google Maps

An MTA Mobile Sales Van is coming to Fresh Meadows for two days this September, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic announced.

The mobile van will be in the Fresh Meadows Shopping Center, located at Horace Harding Expressway and 188th Street, on Monday, September 14, and Monday, September 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Services that are offered include applying for the Reduced Fare program, purchasing and refilling MetroCards, exchanging damaged reduced-fare MetroCards, and reporting a lost or stolen reduced-fare MetroCard.

Seniors or people with disabilities applying for the Reduced Fare program should bring proof of age documents, birth certificate, driver’s license, Medicare card or valid state ID or passport.

“It is oftentimes difficult for residents to access MTA services,” Rozic said. “That is why I am bringing the MetroCard Mobile Van to the neighborhood to make it more convenient for commuters to talk with a trained representative about their concerns or questions.”

Check out the “Museum Without Doors” outdoor exhibit

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Photo courtesy of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

A new pop-up community art project, “Museum Without Doors,” has come to the Flushing Greenmarket at Maple Playground.

The project is a collaboration among local artists, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, New Inspiration Cares, Crystal Windows and GrowNYC.

The first exhibit showcases the work of artists Joseph Hsu and Shih Pao Lin. Other artists that will be featured include Fred Adell and Eddie Abrams.

Hsu’s work includes four photographs from his “New York on PAUSE” series, depicting images of New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lin’s three-dimensional works and two paintings fall under the theme of “Bull Up the City.”

More funding coming to Flushing food pantries


Tzu Chi Foundation executive director Freeman Su

With so many New Yorkers continuing to suffer from food insecurity and hunger, food pantries are in desperate need of more funding and support.

Last week, Councilman Peter Koo announced the passage of a resolution in the City Council providing $65,880 in new funding for food pantries throughout Flushing.

The allocation will go to La Jornada, the Tzu Chi Foundation, South Asian Council for Social Services, Flushing Jewish Community Council and CCNS-St. Michael’s Church.

The funding will be used to purchase supplies for operational support.

“Thousands of New Yorkers are in need of emergency food assistance due to the pandemic, and this funding will help make sure those who are struggling through tough times will continue to have access to food,” Koo said.

“Food pantries in Flushing have lines around the block every day, and we need to do everything in our power to ensure the safe operation of those important public service centers.”