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Flushing Chamber's John Choe Selected for 2019 Queens Power 100

Taehoon Kim, president of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce stated the following in response to City & State’s selection of executive director John Choe on the “2019 Queens Power 100,” a list of the most influential people in New York City’s biggest borough. The list is available online at City & State.

“We congratulate our executive director John Choe for his dedication and commitment to improving our community … We welcome this recognition because it reflects all the hard work and impact made by our staff, led by John Choe, and our members and board in supporting and promoting the most diverse and dynamic community in America.”

To read more, visit Patch.

존 최 사무총장·샤론 이 부보로장 ‘2019 퀸즈서 가장 영향력 있는 인물 100인’에

존 최 플러싱상공회의소 사무총장과 샤론 이 퀸즈보로 부보로장이 뉴욕의 정치전문매체 시티앤스테이트(City&State)가 선정한 ‘2019년 퀸즈에서 가장 영향력 있는 인물 100인’에 선정됐다.

시티앤스테이트는 4일 퀸즈 정치인과 사회운동가 가운데 최 사무총장이 59번째, 이 부보로장이 89번째로 영향력 있는 인물이라고 소개했다.

시티앤스테이트는 “최 사무총장은 뉴욕시의 대표적인 차이나타운으로 급성장하고 있는 플러싱 지역 주민들을 위해 활발한 활동을 이어오고 있다”며 “특히 이민자들이 운영하는 스몰비즈니스를 대상으로 교육과 네트웍 기회를 제공하고 있다”고 말했다.

To read more, visit the Korea Times.

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Building Healthy Communities

Community Health & Wellness Expo to Offer Free Workshops

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is organizing and inviting the general public to participate in the first Flushing Community Health & Wellness Expo on Sunday, May 19, 1-4pm, at the Margaret I. Carman Green--Weeping Beech Park, located on Bowne Street and 37th Avenue in Flushing, Queens.  The Chamber was selected by Partnership for Parks to participate in the Building Healthy Communities, an initiative of the Mayor’s Office, the Fund for Public Health NYC, and Astoria Energy LLC to activate public parks and promote community health in Queens.

“The Chamber is proud to have been selected by Partnership for Parks to organize the first Flushing Community Health & Wellness Expo. Our goal is to promote community wellness and also recognize the tremendous role of our health industry in the local economy,” stated John Choe, Executive Director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “We invite all those seeking a healthy lifestyle, physical and mental fitness, and affordable healthcare resources to join us on Sunday, May 19, 1-4pm, at Carman Green.”

The Expo will feature expert presentations, family-friendly activities and workshops as well health professionals available to provide free advice, screenings, and samples.

“As New York state’s largest healthcare provider, Northwell Health is a proud supporter of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and the Flushing community,” stated Emmelyn Kim, Assistant Vice President of Research Compliance at Northwell Health.  “Northwell understands that true community impact means aligning with community partners to enhance the health and wellness of the communities we serve.”

The Expo was organized by the Chamber in partnership with event sponsors Queens EndoscopySynexusFidelis CareMain Street RadiologyLa Jornada, and The Shops at Skyview; community partners Flushing HouseBowne House, and Kissena Synergy; and, members of the Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee, which includes representatives from the major hospitals, health clinics, insurance companies, and wellness professionals.

“The Flushing YMCA is excited to be partnering with the Chamber to organize our community’s first Health and Wellness Expo,” stated stated Tiffany Dunbar, Executive Director of the Flushing YMCA. “As an important part of the Flushing community, the Y strives to promote healthy living through exercise classes, wellness programming, swimming and personal training, and a belief that no one should be denied access to the life-changing effects of wellness. We are proud to promote our Summer Membership opportunities and fantastic summer camps. We hope that this Expo represents the first in a long-lasting tradition of bringing awareness to our amazing community.”

The Expo will showcase New York’s most diverse and dynamic health and wellness community and feature free demonstrations, workshops, and screenings by hospitals, professionals, and companies specializing in health and wellness products and services.

“We are pleased to provide health screenings and fun activities to the community at the Flushing Community Health & Wellness Expo,” stated Maggie Wong, Director of Marketing and Communications at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.

Workshops will include presentations on Garden Therapy, a Bowne House Tour & Colonial Tea Demonstration, Solar Energy, Chair Dance Workout, Circuit Exercise, Hatha Yoga, Stroke Prevention, and “You Are What You Digest: Beyond Superfoods” with Shweta Parmar, Ayurveda Practitioner with Gutsier Living.

“Health and wellness affects our every word, thought and behavior. It’s our duty to maintain a balance for a well community is a happy community and a happier self,” stated Maureen Regan, Founder and President of Green Earth Urban Gardens Inc. We are proud to continue our partnerships  with the The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and NYC Parks Dept to promote wellness in Queens.

“Flushing House is a not-for-profit independent senior residence with supportive services in Flushing,” stated Nancy Rojas, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Flushing House. “We are happy to partner with the Chamber to serve our senior community through this Health & Wellness Expo.”

The main stage of the Expo at Carman Green will feature performances by local groups, including K-Pop Dance by Kolo NY, martial arts demonstrations by Master Michael Ro and the Ultimate Champions Taekwondo of Flushing, and a fencing demonstration by the Queens Fencing Club.

“A healthy community is a better and more vibrant community,” stated Michael Yen, Head Coach of Queens Fencing Club. “As an integral part of our community, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local businesses, healthcare professionals and organizations for our inaugural Health & Wellness Expo to help Flushing residents get more information and services to improve their health. The Queens Fencing Club supports this ongoing effort to advance and maintain the health of our community.”

This event is made possible through the generous support of Partnerships for Parks, a joint program of the City Parks Foundation and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

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Discussion: History and Commerce in the Old and New Netherlands

In the past, this discussion on the “History and Commerce in the Old and New Netherlands” led by Jack Eichenbaum took place in January 2017. Now after a year and half, Jack has some new insights to share after ruminating on the subject and the “geo-synchronous” parallels it provides.

On September 30th, from 2:30PM thru 4:30PM in the Queens Historical Society, the talk will be held again. There will be a small admission charge to cover light refreshments, but anyone representing Dutch or Belgian commerical or diplomatic interests are invited freely so long as they inform Jack Eichenbuam in advance. Inform him by calling 718-961-8406 and feel free to communicate any opinions or information you can impart on the subject.

Jack Eichenbaum was appointed Queens Borough Historian eight years ago, and one of the priorities he has set out to do is establish local awareness of how Nederlanders influenced the growth, singularity and success of NYC compared to its English colonial counterparts.

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Flushing Creek Bike Tour

Flushing Creek Bike Tour

~Sunday, September 9, 10am-12pm~

Sergey Kadinsky, author of Hidden Waters of New York City, will lead this ride. Join Sergey, NYC H2O, Guardians of Flushing Bay, Empire Dragon Boat Team and Friends of Flushing Creek on a

bike tour along this waterway that explores Flushing Creek from its source to its mouth.

Flushing Creek is an urban waterway hidden in plain sight that runs between two highways through the heart of the largest park in Queens. The creek originates in the midst of a complex network of

roads. It first expands into two lakes before being confined in an underground culvert. It then re-emerges in Willets Point from where it eventually empties into Flushing Bay.

This is the stream that flowed past the Valley of Ashes in The Great Gatsby. Arguably, it is the centerpiece of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the site that hosted two World’s Fairs.

Flushing Bay and Creek have the largest number of combined sewer overflow (CSO) outfalls in the city.Billions of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater are discharged into these waterbodies

every year. The future of Flushing Creek is the subject of controversy. Come learn about why it deserves our advocacy.

This event requires advance registration


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Cornerstone Theater Company Presents
The Cardinal, a journey through Flushing

in Queens, New York

Sophie embarks on a journey through her neighborhood in search of answers to questions about her family and home. Strangers and neighbors offer insights, but not everyone is what they seem. Will she find what she is looking for on the 7 Train? At a picnic in Corona Park? Amidst the flowers of a community garden? Or could the answers lie on a flight from JFK?

This world premier play features local residents, original music, and a spectacular shadow puppet portrayal of the urban landscape of Queens.

The Cardinal is created as part of Cornerstone’s Institute Summer Residency, which includes participants from across the United States and Canada.

Friday, August 10 at 8:00pm
Saturday, August 11 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm

Kupferberg Center for the Arts: Goldstein Theatre
at Queens College 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367

CLICK HERE for directions, parking and public transportation options.

TICKETS: Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested Donation $10)
RESERVATIONS ENCOURAGED so we can save you a seat!

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or call -800-578-1335

CLICK HERE for Cornerstone Theater Company’s Press Release

CLICK HERE for Queens College Press release.

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