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Kick Off Flushing’s World Fair on June 15

A three-day expo showcasing the food and culture of Flushing and the surrounding neighborhoods will be kicking off next month, evoking the spirit of the 1964 World’s Fair with a modern twist that reflects the worldliness of the borough today.

Flushing’s World Fair — scheduled for June 15-17 — will feature workshops on how businesses can capitalize on the growing tourism industry in Queens and the best practices for roping in customers through social media.

The first day of the expo will be held at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel with a forum discussing the future of tourism in Queens moderated by Rob McKay, director of PR for Queens Tourism Council.

The program also includes several walking tours of Flushing with Queens historian Dr. Jack Eichenbaum leading the explorations. Food writer and author of “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss” Joe DiStafano, will lead a tour of the local cuisine.

“People from around the world have been coming here for decades to make Flushing, Queens, the most vibrant and dynamic community in the United States,” Taehoon Kim, president of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, said. “The attention and admiration this expo will generate for our amazing community is more than past due.”

For more information, visit the Times-Ledger.

The Flushing Neighborhood 360 Program steering committee announces the 2018 Flushing’s World Fair

法拉盛世界博覽會 展現旅遊美食魅力

亞洲人平等會(AAFE)、紐約市小商業服務局(Small Business Services)和大法拉盛商會10日宣布,將於6月15日(周五)至17日(周日)舉辦「法拉盛世界博覽會」(Flushing’s World Fair),借鑒1964年在紐約舉辦的世界博覽會,法拉盛世博會將通過推廣旅遊、國際美食等展現法拉盛的魅力。

大法拉盛商會執行主任崔容準(John Choe)介紹,法拉盛世博會將於6月15日上午10時在法拉盛的喜來登酒店開幕,隨後舉行「探索明日世界:法拉盛旅遊業的未來」論壇,當地商家、文化組織以及幫助小企業發展的政府機構會在現場展示。下午舉辦旅遊和社交媒體研討會,探討小企業和店主如何通過獨特的產品和優質的服務實現銷售額增長。16日和17日周末的項目為法拉盛徒步之旅,包括由皇后區歷史學家Jack Eichenbaum帶領的歷史景點探索,以及由皇后區美食作家Joe DiStefano帶領的多樣化美味菜餚之旅。

世博會還將推出首個「法拉盛護照」周末促銷活動,提供當地一些最好的餐廳、文化場所和零售商的優惠折扣,民眾每到之處,都可在護照上蓋章。護照將在周末發放,也可在參與的商鋪領取。

在市小商業服務局「社區360度」(Neighborhood 360°)的贊助下,法拉盛去年6月啟動為期三年的「地區營銷項目」(District Marketing Campaign),法拉盛世博會也是慶祝此項目第一年圓滿結束。

For more information, visit the World Journal, Epoch Times, and NTDTV.

Flushing’s World Fair to promote local businesses

Queens hosted the iconic World’s Fair in 1939 and 1964. On June 15, it will host Flushing’s World Fair.

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Asian Americans for Equality and the city’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS) announced last Friday that they will host the three-day expo from June 15 to 17 at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel.

The expo marks the end of the first year of Flushing Fantastic, a three-year district marketing campaign funded by SBS to promote the neighborhood.

Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, now vice president of borough promotion and engagement at NYC & Company, the city’s official marketing and tourism organization, will deliver the keynote address.

The speech will be followed by a forum called “Exploring the World of Tomorrow: The Future of Tourism in Flushing Queens,” hosted by Queens Tourism Council’s Rob MacKay. The expo will also showcase local businesses, cultural venues and government agencies.

Throughout the expo, experts will host workshops on tourism and social media for small business owners. Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, the borough’s own historian, will give walking tours of Flushing and explore historic sites.

Joe DiStefano, a food writer who authored the book “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss,” will also give a tour of the neighborhood’s diverse cuisine.

At Flushing’s World Fair, the organizations will also launch the first “Passport to Flushing,” which will contain special discounts to some of the area’s most popular restaurants, venues and retailers. Visitors can use the passport by getting it stamped at participating locations.

For more information, visit the Queens Examiner.

 

 

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Evelyn J. Wolff @ Selfhelp Community Services

Evelyn J. Wolff, Vice President, Real Estate Development, Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. 520 Eighth Avenue New York | NY 10018 Direct +1 212-971-7710 | Fax 212-967-4784 ewolff@selfhelp.net | www.selfhelp.net

Evelyn J. Wolff is Vice President of Real Estate Development at Selfhelp Community Services, where she is responsible for Selfhelp’s portfolio of ten residential facilities (more than 1,000 affordable housing units); six of which are in Flushing. Evelyn has four decades of experience in the development and preservation of affordable multifamily housing. Her expertise in financing affordable housing projects and integrating related government programs, provides Selfhelp with new opportunities to renovate its existing portfolio of independent senior living residences and to build new facilities and alliances with recognized housing providers in the New York metropolitan area. Selfhelp is one of the largest and most respected not-for-profit human service agencies in the New York metropolitan area.

Evelyn Wolff started her career at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and served as the Deputy Director of Multifamily Housing in the New York Office of HUD for the last five years of her fourteen year tenure. In that capacity, Ms. Wolff supervised and approved $100 million in Section 8 contracts annually, processed over $1 billion in Fedearl Housing Administration insurance projects — including Battery Park City — and managed a staff of 120 people.  Ms. Wolff’s experience brought her to the attention of Bear Stearns, where she rose to Associate Director in its Public Finance Department.  Working as Bear Stearns’ lead banker and financial advisor for state housing finance agencies in New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon and South Dakota, she underwrote $100 million in tax-exempt and taxable multi-family housing bonds.

As a consultant, Ms. Wolff worked with clients including the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), the Association for Neighborhood Housing Development (ANHD), and the Citizens Housing and Planning Council.  She serves as a Board Member of both the National and New York Housing Conferences, and is an active member in NYS Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) and Women in Housing and Finance.

She is a magna cum laude graduate of Smith College and holds a Masters Degree in Public Law and Government from Columbia University.

 

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Kevin Louis @ Cushman & Wakefield

Kevin Louie, Associate, Capital Markets, 118-35 Queens Boulevard, 14th Floor | Forest Hills, NY 11375 Direct: +1 718 512 2627 Fax: +1 718 275 5478 kevin.louie@cushwake.com | nyinvestmentsales.com

Kevin Louie is an Associate in the Capital Markets Group of Cushman & Wakefield, where he focuses on investment sales in various neighborhoods in Queens including Bayside, College Point, Flushing, and Whitestone. Throughout his tenure at Cushman & Wakefield, Kevin has valuated and underwritten more than 156 properties and has been involved in the aggregate sale of over $150 million in real estate transactions in the New York Metro area.  Kevin covers Northern Queens, including: Bayside, College Point, Corona, Douglaston, Elmhurst, Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Jackson Heights, Kew Gardens, Little Neck, and Whitestone.

Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Kevin was a Property/Portfolio Manager at AAA Transportation Group in New Hyde Park, New York. In this role, he managed and oversaw a diverse multimillion dollar real estate portfolio in New York and Florida. In two years, he acquired retail and residential properties which boosted the company’s net operating income by over 50%. He was responsible for the entire acquisition process from prospecting, analysis, negotiations, to closing.

Earlier, Kevin was a Project Manager at Glorious Sun Inc. in New York, New York, where he managed and oversaw numerous trophy real estate investment projects. He also spent time as an Office Manager at Integrated Abstract LLC in Flushing, New York and a Legal Assistant at Kee & Lau-Kee LLP in New York, New York.

Kevin earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Bernard Baruch
College – City University of New York. He is a member of the AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association
of America), the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, and also speaks various Chinese dialects.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys outdoor activities including snowboarding, hiking, running marathons
and obstacle course races.

 

 

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