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2018 Queens SOUP — Apply HERE!

2018 Queens SOUP — Apply HERE!

In April 2018, Queens residents have the opportunity to participate in Queens SOUP, a crowd-funded micro-granting community dinner, hosted by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Inspired by Detroit SOUP, the Chamber raised over $800 for neighborhood improvement projects in 2016 — this spring the program is expanding to fund projects from all over the borough.

Queens SOUP provides an opportunity for any community project based in Queens to win and get no-strings-attached money from our in-person crowdfunding during our event on April 15, 5-7pm at the Flushing Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Blvd, Flushing NY 11354. Projects can focus on arts and culture, civil rights, small business assistance, children’s programming, neighborhood beautification, environmental remediation, and more. After an online application process, four projects will be chosen to present their plans during Queens SOUP.

Those interested, should apply online via this Google Docs link!

In 2017, after an online public application process, the following four projects were chosen to present at last year’s Queens SOUP community dinner:

  • Flushing CSA’s Community Cook-Off and Food Festival
    a public festival, show casing unique eats in Queens through a competitive cook-off featuring tastings and highlighting the benefits of local organic produce.
  • Plaza Plays
    a 6-month residency that connects playwrights to central public spaces within Queens’ neighborhoods. For this inaugural season, two local playwrights will be selected to develop site-specific play to be performed in two of Queens’ public plazas.
  • Summer Tinker Lab: Latimer House + Child Center
    a free 2-week Tinker Lab class in 8/17 to the children at Latimer Gardens Community Center. Tinker Lab is an innovative hands-on learning focused on technology and arts, teaching coding as an essential 21st century literacy skillset.
  • Open the Door
    Open the Door will give out disposable cameras to a diverse sampling of fifty Queens residents, including children, instructed to capture images of their own daily life guided by the prompt “what do you hope for?”

The Chamber is seeking various levels of sponsorship and community partnership for Queens SOUP — matching funds; in-kind donations of food, supplies, or giveaway and raffle items; volunteers during the event; or participating as a vendor in our SOUP “Marketplace.”  Please contact or if you have questions about sponsorship and partnership opportunities.


SOUP is a community potluck dinner, originally founded in Detroit, that provides seed funding and promotional opportunities to help launch local projects bringing positive impacts to their community. SOUP events have taken place all over the country — increasing innovative, grassroots economic development and civic engagement.

For a $5 donation, attendees gain access to a potluck dinner where they eat, learn, and vote for one of four projects they think will have the most significant effect on their community. At the end of SOUP ballots are counted, and the money collected at the door is awarded to the project with the most votes. SOUP acts as an unique networking event, connecting projects with potential community partners and volunteers regardless of whether or not they win the cash prize.

Inspired by Detroit SOUP, the Greater Flushing SOUP uses the same crowd-sourced community-dinner model to provide small grants to community projects and civic initiatives in north-east Queens. A $5 donation gets you into a pot-luck dinner where four local community groups pitch their plan to improve the Greater Flushing area. At the end of the presentations, attendees vote for their favorite initiative.  The project with the most votes wins all the money raised at the door. Regardless of who wins the cash prize, SOUP acts as an innovative networking event, connecting projects with potential community partners and volunteers.

Learn more and apply here:
Application deadline– March 31, 2017

Please contact with any questions about application criteria, matching funds, sponsorship opportunities, in-kind donations of food, volunteer opportunities, or community partnerships.



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Flushing Walking Tours in May

Join us for walking tours in Flushing this month! 

SAT, MAY 20, noon – 4pm:

Join Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and Transportation Alternatives Queens Committee for a free walking tour of Downtown Flushing. The tour will commence from the Old Quaker Meeting House on 137-16 Northern Blvd, Flushing, and will stop by the RKO Keith’s Theater, Flushing Town Hall, Latimer House, Bowne House, Free Synagogue, The Hindu Temple Society of North America, and many more unique landmarks.

Enjoy a walk to appreciate the historical significance of Downtown Flushing, Queens. Learn about the businesses working in your community and services provided. Guests will have an opportunity to see some hidden gems, new developments and try from a huge selection of food options. Plan for walking about 5 – 6 miles and dress for the weather. Sign up on our FB event page! 

Another special walking tour special:

WED, MAY 24, 6 – 8pm: Queens historian, Dr Jack Eichenbaum will lead an evening walking tour showcasing highlights from the Chinese community.  Downtown Flushing plays host to a variety of immigrant Chinese cultures. Rezoning and greater land availability support unusual real estate developments including office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops, cultural institutions, and malls. Dr Eichenbaum has been living in the neighborhood for 39 years and he will lead a fascinating tour of the history and developments of Downtown Flushing. The tour will convene on the 2nd floor of New World Mall near the restrooms ($20 per person/email to reserve a spot:
Getting to Downtown Flushing:
There are many transportation options available. If you are riding to the Saturday walking tour, bicycle parking is available in the rear of the Quaker Meeting House. The Flushing Main Street 7 train station is down the street and there are many bus lines servicing the downtown area including the Q44 SBS. The Flushing LIRR station is also nearby. Car Parking is also available but limited.

Twitter event hashtag #WalkFlushing

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May 18 Annual Asian Heritage Night in Queens

Join the Flushing community in a festive celebration featuring cultural dances, songs, and food at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd on Thursday, May 18 at 6.30pm.

This free event is presented to the public by Asian Cultural Federation, Association of Nepali Terain in America, Hindu Temple Society, Taiwan Center, KAAQ, New York Chinese Chorus, Bangladeshi American Community, and more. Please refer to the flyer below for event details.

Asian Heritage Night

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Flushing’s First Spring Community Festival on May 6

Beautify Historic Flushing presents Flushing’s First Annual Spring Community Festival at Weeping Beech Park at Bowne Street and 37th Avenue on Saturday, May 6, from 10 am – 5pm. The full day outdoor festival will celebrate the history of Flushing through hands-on activities, educational programming and demonstrations.

For more information, please refer to the flyer below or contact Beautify Historic Flushing at 718-359-0528 or email


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Free Marketing Workshop on May 8 with NYC Department of Small Business Services

Build Your Business! Learn How to Get More Customers from Experienced Marketing Professionals!

Time: Monday, May 8, 2017 6 – 8pm

Venue: Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, 39-01 Main Street, Suite 511

Take a dive into mastering marketing this spring and summer through a series of business workshops with the NYC Department of Small Business Services hosted by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Attend this free workshop to learn more about marketing fundamentals or improve current marketing strategies. Participants can refine their marketing acumen and benefit from engaging with other local entrepreneurs through the workshop.

The upcoming workshop on May 8 will discuss:

  • Advertising vs. Marketing 
  • Marketing Demographics
  • Competitive Analysis and Positioning

About the Presenter: Samuel Lai, CEO of HOS Group, Inc.

Samuel Lai is the CEO and Founder of House of Samu Group, Inc., a service provider for event production and planning. He has over 15 years of experience in corporate and private events through programming and producing events throughout the US and Asia for clients such as Budweiser, Nike, Adidas, and more. With extensive expertise in digital marketing, Samuel has led the expansion of HOS Group in New York, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

This FREE business marketing program is sponsored by the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and organized by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) as part of the Neighborhood 360° Flushing. The Neighborhood 360° Program was created by the NYC Department of Small Business Services to identify, develop, and launch commercial revitalization projects in partnership with local stakeholders.”
For more information, contact, 646-820-5163, or visit us at

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Leo Zhang @ Law Offices of Geng & Zhang, PPLC

Leo Zhang is a Board Director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. He is actively engaged in advocacy work in Flushing and has an established law firm in downtown Flushing, The Law Office of Geng & Zhang PLLC. With nearly thirty years of legal experience across China and the U.S., Leo has built an extensive practice covering a full range of commercial and residential real estate matters. He has made numerous appearances as a lecturer on media and spokesperson at real estate training events. For almost three decades, Leo has counseled Chinese and American business communities, as well as clients in Hong Kong and Taiwan.  
Mr. Zhang advises clients with all aspects of residential and commercial real estate transaction, including acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing, and joint venture deal structuring. His professional knowledge and ability to employ novel financing mechanisms have earned him a reputation for consummating complex real estate transactions.
He worked with clients such as AAFE (Asian Americans for Equality),  Holiday Inn Hotel, NYC Real Estate Mogul Community Homes Housing Development Fund Company, in the sales of many commercial real estate properties. He has also represented banks, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Prospect Mortgage, Quontic Bank, and Metro City Bank, etc. as a settlement agent in a variety types of residential and commercial closings.
The Law Office of Geng & Zhang PLLC is a law firm at 39-07 Prince Street Suite 3E, Flushing, NY 11354. Their practice include: Real Estate and Business Transactions, Immigration, Litigation, Incorporation, Bankruptcy, Will & Estate Planning, Trademark Registration, Divorce and Liquor License Application.


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