The quirky maps of participating businesses from Metropolitan Avenue to Queens Boulevard are depicted on the hard copy maps and on the MapToons website, offering an interactive model.
MapToons CEO Mark Snider presented the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce with a $2,050 check for the 41 Chamber businesses that participated in the project at last Wednesday’s meeting at Garcia’s Restaurant, located at 7009 Austin St.
“The only thing I knew about Forest Hills before this was racing down Queens Boulevard trying to get to the Grand Central Parkway,” Snider said. “So it’s nice to slow down and spend a few months in the community and really get to know it, probably better than most of the people that live here because I literally went into every store.”
Snider created MapToons back in 2003 and has already reached out to over 50 communities through the local Chambers of Commerce in Long Island and the boroughs of New York City.
“Its not just supporting the business, but businesses are helping each other,” Snider said of the project. “If you need a service, go to the Chamber website first and give that business to the chamber first.”
Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, said the project helped bring the community closer together.
“The map project was fantastic,” Brown said. “It brought in over 50 new chamber members and it created a buzz throughout the neighborhood.”
As for the new check, Brown said she is looking forward to a number of events in the future, all of which will need some financial support.
“We are big on our membership and big on what we do, but funding is key,” she said. “That funding is going to help us.”
The Chamber’s Jazz Thursday Concerts are coming back on August 15th and 22nd from 7 to 9:30 p.m. between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street on 71st Avenue with music from the Etienne Lytle Sextet and L.A. Blacksmith and Jazz Plus.