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LIC update: September 22, 2021

32nd Annual Awards Gala: An Evening of Food, Friends and Celebration

Our annual awards gala, which took place last night, was a great success, showcasing the best of LIC. The Partnership thanks everyone who attended the event, including Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin, Councilor Jimmy Van Bramer and representatives from the offices of Congressman Carolyn Maloney and the President of the Borough of Queens Donovan Richards. Check out some images from our big night here. Visit our social networks later in the week for an expanded collection of photos capturing the special moments.

Weill Cornell Medicine opens new facility at JACX

Weill Cornell Medicine, in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian, celebrated the opening of their new 50,000 square foot practice in The Jacx building (28-25 Jackson Avenue). There will be seven physicians at the new facility, which offers family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. Click here for more information.

LIC Waterfront 5K attracts over 1,000 runners

More than 1,000 runners took to the streets of LIC this past weekend as part of the sixth annual Waterfront 5K of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy (HPPC) member of the LICP. HPPC estimates that it raised over $ 60,000 through the event, with the proceeds helping fund its various community efforts, including gardening and cleanup projects. A full list of race results can be found here.

Short Film Fun-Raiser at WeWork Gotham Center –

September 23

The creators of HOME AT NIGHT – a short film / thriller exploring gender and the power in online dating – are hosting a “fun-raiser” to celebrate and support women in independent filmmaking. Meet the female film crew, browse original artwork by female artists, and learn about the process of making independent films. The event takes place at the Gotham Center of LICP member WeWork. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Details here.

AirTrain Industry Forum LGA MWBE LBE & SDVOB –

September 29

Astoria Film Festival returns to Kaufman Astoria Studios – October 1-31

The fourth annual Astoria Film Festival (AFF) returns, featuring more than 90 works by emerging and under-represented filmmakers from Queens and around the world. All films and in-person events will also be available to stream online. Find the schedules and the program of events here.

New York Irish Center announces fall / winter lineup

The New York Irish Center, a member of LICP, located at 10-40 Jackson Ave., has announced its upcoming fall program under the supervision of its new Executive Director, George C. Heslin. Sample programming includes a comedy series, walking tours, Irish language lessons, and live dioramas to celebrate Halloween and Christmas. Fall program here.

Spotlight on New Members: Plant Apartments

Handcrafted in Long Island City, Plant Apartments, LLC makes concrete plant pots in a variety of sizes and colors that are sure to be the perfect home for your indoor plants. Contact [email protected] for wholesale, retail and partnership questions. Also, be sure to follow @PlantApartments on Instagram.
Are you a local artist or craftsman? We have special membership options for you. Find out more here.

Labor and Employment Law Webinar – October 19

Join LICP on October 19 at 9:00 am for the third and final session of LIC Talks on Work and Employment with LICP Member Farrell Fritz on Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace. Details here.

Help the Greater Astoria Historical Society in the wake of Hurricane Ida damage – (GoFundMe)

The Greater Astoria Historical Society, a local non-profit organization known for its preservation work and a member of LICP, is asking for your help in recovering many of its historical books and collections damaged in Hurricane Ida; many items were waterlogged and showed signs of mold. The organization is asking for your help in purchasing new shelves, archival materials and cleaning supplies. Donations can be made here.

Impacted by Hurricane Ida? Help is available

Many businesses are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Ida, particularly in western Queens, which was particularly hard hit. Here are a number of resources if you were concerned:

PFR / IDB Assistance Partnership

Have you seen any damage – especially if it looks dangerous – along the main arteries of the LIC? If so, please send an email to Dana Leventhal, our BID operations and sales support manager, at [email protected] Including photos and / or videos of the damage is helpful so that we can quickly assess the problem and put you in touch with the appropriate services.


Call 311 for assistance with flooding, tree removal and fallen trees on city property.

New York Department of Small Business Services (SBS)

SBS has issued guidelines for businesses and local organizations requesting post-storm insurance assistance and encourages the following steps:

  • Contact your insurance company or broker / agent immediately.
  • Read your insurance policy carefully to understand which losses are covered.
  • Take photos or video of damaged areas and property to help with your claim.
  • Do not remove any damaged property until the claims adjuster has assessed the damage and made an official report.
  • Make only the repairs necessary to avoid further damage; if you make permanent repairs not authorized by the insurance company, they may not be covered.
  • Keep all receipts for repairs and temporary business expenses.
  • To help establish the value of your claim, prepare a detailed inventory of all damaged or destroyed property (item, quantity, date of purchase, cost of purchase, age, and estimated replacement cost), along with your prior photographs. sinister.
  • Accompany the expert to report damage during the inspection.
  • If the insurance company’s proposed settlement seems unfair, contact the New York State Department of Insurance by visiting
  • If the insurance company denies part of your claim, get the denial in writing and keep copies.
  • Always contact your insurance company and claims adjuster anytime you see additional damage not previously reported.
Still have questions ? Call the SBS hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692), or visit their website here.

Key to NYC: Conflict Resolution for Business. These resources will help you understand how to defuse a potential conflict:

  • See the short guide to resolution tips for businesses and workers here.
  • For conflict resolution training, see here.
  • For more information on mediating an ongoing issue or conflict between a neighborhood resident and a business, click here.
  • To dispute a penalty, see here.
The NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus program inspires community and faith-based organizations to encourage members of their neighborhood to get vaccinated by donating $ 100 for each person they refer who receives their first vaccine at a city-run site. When a person makes an appointment in advance or shows up, they can select the organization that referred them for vaccination. After the person receives their first dose, the referring organization will be credited with $ 100, up to a total of $ 20,000. For more information, see here.

There will be subcontracting opportunities for MWBE, LBE and SDVOB in the LaGuardia AirTrain project. On Wednesday September 29th at 11am there will be a virtual event that will detail the design, build, operation and maintenance projects for MWBE, LBE and SDVOB in the supply of LaGuardia AirTrain.

If you are interested, please register here for more information.

The SBA announced changes to the EIDL COVID, effective September 9:

  • Increase in loan amount: The SBA increased the loan limit from $ 500,000 to $ 2 million.
  • Extended Deferred Payment Period: Businesses do not have to make payment for 24 months after the start of the loan.
  • 30 Day Exclusivity Period: The SBA will implement a 30 day period for the approval and disbursement of funds for loans of $ 500,000 or less. Loans over $ 500,000 or more will begin disbursing on October 8.
  • The use of funds has expanded to include early repayment of commercial debt and payments on federal commercial debt.
It might be the first day of fall, but we’re pretty sure our favorite cantilever crossover looks great in any season. Thanks to @kalgregor for capturing the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in all its glory.
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