Queens Place Mall Celebrates the Lunar New Year with Tradition of the Dragon

By Sherica Daley | [email protected]

“What year are we entering this Lunar New Year?” host  Kitty Kan  asked the audience with Queens residents shopping in the Queens Place Mall. “The year of the dragon!” shouted excited participants as they lined up to watch The Lunar New Year Celebration in collaboration with The Chinese Cultural Center(NYCCC),  The Brooklyn Dumpling Shop  and  Gong cha Bubble Tea. The show participants enjoyed free veggie and pork dumplings and green tea bubble tea samples.

The Lunar New Year is a yearly celebration that originated in China. The legend behind this tradition is the Chinese beast called Nian, which means “year” in Chinese. Nian would stalk the people in China in the Spring. Nian did like loud noises, fire, and the color red. These things were used to scare the mystical creature away. The Chinese celebrate this holiday with red lanterns and money in red envelopes called “hong bao” to signify good fortune, and dance along with the Chinese dragon to chase away evil spirits like Nian. The Chinese Dragon is a symbol of power and ambition. It is considered the luckiest sign out of the Chinese symbol.

Mingjun Han, Shuning Huang and Jason Lee performing in the first

“We wanted to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the community by sharing the beauty of the Chinese culture through folk and ethnic dances, traditional music, and martial arts,” explained Kan. Kan first joined the NYCCC as a student taking classes in Chinese classical, sword and ethnic dances.” I was invited to perform with the resident company as I had experience in wushu, performance-based Chinese martial arts.” said Kan

The show began with a sword dance with Jason Lee who demonstrated Chinese sword art and sword techniques for the audience. Next dancers Mingjun Han and Shuning Huang performed a ribbon twirling dance called Dunhaung, in the lucky color red. Chinese ribbon dance has been performed in Chinese culture for thousands of years. The dance is enchanting, depicting the gods and the nymphs flying in the sky. It is both philosophical and mythical.

The show had two sessions, and during the second session, participants watched the Northern Lion dance performed by Han and Huang in gold and blue. The Northern Lion Dance is a dance from Northern China. It symbolizes the purpose of the lion is to bring wisdom and luck and is popular for performing at business openings and religious ceremonies. “It was a lot of fun for me to interact with the audience as the lion and hear their joy and laughter while parading around” explained Kan.

The Northern Lion Dance is a dance from Northern China. It
symbolizes the purpose of the lion is to bring wisdom and luck

The show closed with soloist  Wei Sun , who performed the Guzheng, the traditional Chinese plucking instrumental, which is a hybrid of a violin and guitar. Sun is an artist and teacher of the Guzheng based in New York City. Wearing the lucky color of red, Sun performed an original piece on the Guzheng.

To continue the celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon. The NYCCC will continue to have shows throughout the year. The shows will celebrate AAPI Heritage Month in May and the Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Moon Festival, in September. There will be outdoor programs in the summer and fall participating in different festivals across the tri-state area.

“The message and goal of these shows, as we travel throughout the city is sharing Chinese culture through the arts to promote understanding and appreciation” explained Kan. For information on upcoming events, can be mailed to   [email protected].

Front view of the Queens Place Mall

New Medical Center Comes to Atlas Park

Credit: Northwell Health

Glendale locals will have a centrally-located medical center in the new Northwell Health Physician Partners at Glendale, a multi-speciality practice that just opened in the Shops at Atlas Park.

The $5.1 million facility opened its doors Feb. 15. It features offices for primary care, behavioral health, cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonary medicine, urology, and multiple surgical specialities including general, vascular, colorectal, and otolaryngology surgery. The practice is located inside 80-40 Cooper Ave — the same building which houses Northwell’s STARS Rehabilitation, a physical therapy center that opened in 2023.

“Northwell Health Physician Partners has made the investment in Queens a priority and that’s been made clear by our expanding range of health care services and medical specialists in the region,” said Mark Talamini, senior vice president and executive director of Northwell Health Physician Partners. “We want to be where people live and work to make access to care and the delivery of quality medical services as seamless as possible.”

10 physicians and 27 support staff will man the new Atlas Park center. The offices include 16 exam rooms, an onsite clinical laboratory for point-of-care testing, a procedure room, and all the equipment needed to perform ultrasounds and echocardiogram/ stress tests. The site will see patients six days per week.

“In order to empower ever healthier communities, it’s important that Northwell provides a range of complex care beyond the walls of our hospitals,” said John D’Angelo, senior vice president and regional executive director of Northwell’s Central region. “We have a long history of service to Queens and we’re doing even more in Glendale by bringing ENTs, cardiologists and surgeons to the local community.”

Anyone who needs to make an appointment can contact the center by calling 718-887-3090 or visiting https://www.northwell.edu/doctors-offices/northwell-health- physician-partners-at-glendale.

Super Bowl Halftime Performance… for FREE?

Super Bowl LVIII, aka SB 58, set a record with a staggering 123.4 million viewers!  It was the most watched American television broadcast in a generation and the most watched Super Bowl in history!  The Kansas City Chiefs versus the San Francisco 49ers showdown in Las Vegas surpassed the record of 115 million viewers last year, when the Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles.  It came close to the estimated 125-150 million viewers who watched the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.

The big game, which aired on CBS and the Paramount Plus streaming platform, was also simulcast in Spanish on Univision as well as telecasted on Nickelodeon.  Some are saying it was the “Taylor Swift Effect;” however, each year NFL games have made up the majority of “most watched” television programs per year.  This was way before Taylor Swift began dating Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

You might be asking yourself, what does this all mean?  It means it makes this event the most valuable to advertisers looking to reach the mass market.  In fact, companies shelled out approximately $7 million for each 30-second ad.  The ads have taken on a life of their own, as many non-football fans tune in just to see the new ads, many of which are now released ahead of time.

Because of this tremendous exposure, both the NFL and CBS are in a powerful position.  In addition, Apple Music pays the NFL $50 million per year to sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show.  Did you know that Usher didn’t receive one penny of that money?

Many famous performing artists have graced the Super Bowl halftime stage, such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez and the Rolling Stones!  Instead of getting paid, they receive an opportunity to leverage the honor of performing in front of over 115+ million people.   This results in a significant increase in concert ticket sales, followers gained and increases in their music streaming numbers!  When they accept the invitation, they are thinking long-term.

In my opinion, it is a fascinating system and here’s how it works.  The artist receives a $15 million promotional budget to work with.  The budget covers the massive number of 2000-3000 part-time workers which includes set design, security, marketing and dancers, etc.  The artist cannot pocket the money!

Sometimes, the $15 million budget isn’t sufficient to cover all of the show’s expenses.  For example, three years ago at Super Bowl 55, The Weeknd spent $7 million extra of his own money to subsidize the show and Dr. Dre spent similar money the following year at Super Bowl 56 in 2022.

The metrics data supports the theory that savvy marketing dollars spent yields big potential profits, meaning money makes money in the performing arts!

Take a look at the following post-performance numbers that have played out:

  1. Justin Timberlake saw a 534% increase in his music sales after Super Bowl 52.
  2. Travis Scott’s performance fees doubled from $500,000 to $1 million each from Super Bowl 53.
  3. Both Jennifer Lopez and Shakira gained 3 million Instagram followers each after their dual performance in Super Bowl 54.
  4. Rihanna’s performance had more viewers (118 million) than the game averaged (115 million) which includes YouTube views.
  5. The Weeknd sold 1 million concert tickets after his performance in Super Bowl 55.

This is why Usher was clever to accept the Super Bowl 58 invitation and he took it a step further by announcing his 24-city arena tour with tickets available as soon as he exited stage left!  He also appeared on several of the good morning America shows to promote his performance.

StubHub claims that artists typically see a 50% increase in concert ticket searches after performing at the Super Bowl! 

I always say the best deals are when everybody wins!  If you think about it, the NFL gets the top performers to jam for free and the musicians get a deeply discounted 13-minute commercial for a small fraction of what corporations must pay.

Bravissimo to Usher and the NFL!

NY Personal Injury Law On Getting Hit By An Amazon Vehicle Or Commercial Truck

Who Is Responsible for My Injuries If An Amazon Driver Causes The Accident? It is legally mandatory for the driver’s insurance policy to cover any injuries caused in an accident. Amazon requires that Flex drivers have their own liability coverage and it must adhere to local or state delivery truck regulations.

Car and truck accidents happen every day. In places like New York, where the streets are constantly crowded with vehicles, accidents are a fairly ordinary occurrence. Some accidents not only involve individual drivers but the companies they drive for. Delivery drivers spend their days on the roads making deliveries for their respective employers. One such employer is Amazon, which has delivery trucks all over New York. If you were hit by an Amazon delivery truck, you might be entitled to sue for compensation.

While you can likely file a personal injury lawsuit after being hit by an Amazon truck driver, you must consider a few important issues first. For one, you need to think about whom exactly you want to sue. After an accident with a delivery driver, you might sue the driver as an individual, the company they work for, or both. However, Amazon often hires drivers as independent contractors, and this arrangement may shield Amazon from legal action. You must also think about how the accident occurred. If you were partly to blame, you might still recover compensation, but it could be reduced.

If an Amazon truck driver hits you, you can potentially sue both the driver and Amazon for your injuries.

It may be possible to sue Amazon for the actions and negligence of their delivery driver. There are two predominant methods of suing an employer for their behavior. First, you might be able to sue under the doctrine of Respondeat Superior. You might also have the option to sue under the legal theory of negligent hiring or negligent entrustment. Under this theory, you can sue Amazon if they should have known better than to hire the driver. For example, suppose the delivery driver struck you because they were driving drunk, and Amazon hired them as a driver even though they knew the driver had a history of DUIs. In that case, you can sue Amazon for negligent hiring.

However, perhaps in an effort to protect its deep pockets, Amazon frequently hires delivery drivers as independent contractors, thus shielding themselves from legal action. Under the above-mentioned legal theories, employers are responsible for the actions of employees. Under the law, independent contractors are not considered employees, and the people they work for are usually not responsible for their actions. This may mean you cannot sue Amazon because one of their delivery drivers hit you.

No matter who caused the accident, if you were injured due to the negligence of another driver, you have the legal right to make a claim. Some of the most common causes for commercial vehicle accidents are distracted drivingspeedingunsafe lane changes and impaired driving.

Contributed by: Ribowsky Law- Queens Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer, 109-12 Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 11418.

Middle Village Bagels Named Best Bagel in Queens

Middle Village Bagels, located at 79-16 Eliot Ave, was named Queens’ Best Bagel by the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

The nomination process included over 55 of Queens’ top bagel shops in a public vote. Over 3,000 bagel connoisseurs across the borough cast their votes in what the Queens Chamber of Commerce called the “closest vote of all the competitions.” 

Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz awards Middle Village Bagels ownership with a certificate.

The owners of Middle Village Bagel and Chamber President Tom Grech were joined by Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz at the shop to award the top bagel business a plaque and certificate of their new title.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce has held similar vote competitions to name the best taco, best pizza, best empanadas and best barbecue in the borough. Voters ranked Utopia Bagels and Rockaway Bagels second and third respectively in the competition.

The winning bagels. Courtesy Queens Chamber of Commerce

POL POSITION: Drugged Driving Battle Heating Up

While we visited the State Capital Monday, we were greeted with unexpected Senate passion for a few legislative initiatives we see as important. First; The Drugged Driving Bill is picking up steam. Senator Mannion and Woodhaven’s native son Senator Joe Addabbo are fighting to get this bill into law. It would essentially make it illegal to drive impaired on marijuana.

What, you say?

It’s not illegal now?


The State’s definition of impairment is tied to alcohol, not drugs.

Crazy, right?

Well there is another side to this. There are those legislators who don’t trust law enforcement, and giving cops any more ability to stop and arrest someone is seen as violating the right to live free.

Hey, we’re all about being voluntarily impaired. But stay home!

Second, we were impressed to see Woodside’s freshman Assemblyman, Steven Raga speak about, and sign on to a bill that supports community media. QPTV, BRIC and Bronx Net happened to be up on Albany getting talking on what they see as a change that could put them out of business in 5-years. Cable companies have funded their existence since the mid 80’s. Their multiple cable TV channels are basically the only place for people to find out what is going on at their local library, the many cultural places in the boroughs and even community board meeting listings.

Readers can find them in our papers too, but community media like public access TV is essential to fund. ‘Cord Cutting’ has led to a lack of funding and while other states have had an excise tax (one which can not be passed along to the consumer) on streaming services we have none. Part of that tax goes to public access networks.

Public Access broadcast agencies operate programs that teach regular people to use professional video equipment to produce videos for a public need. Those videos are used on their channels. One producer, Dr. JJ Abularrage, is a doctor out of NY Presbyterian Queens. He spoke quite passionately about how his work as a producer with QPTV was essential for his passion on doctor/patient relationship. “I could not have set up these learning videos for the doctors at my hospital without QPTV,” he said. “I know it saved lives.”

“I love BRIC,” said Greenpoint Assemblywoman Emily Gallagher. “Community media is essential.”

Glad to see the support of a bunch of other Senators and Assembly members who spoke about their support at the press conference on the 4th floor of the Senate area.

IN OUR OPINION: The Perfect Storm For The Migrant Violence

Migration to NYC is nothing new. In the 1800’s, early 1900’s and during the wars in Europe, people fled here for a multitude of reasons. We just handled it better. The immigrants came to New York then, just as they are now.

It’s been nearly two years since this new migrant crisis started. Just like it was in the early 1900’s and Ellis Island, new people are arriving daily, if not weekly.

Here’s the difference; we had a plan.

Similar to other times when migrants came here, many people are able to live with relatives. Although it creates a housing problem in many neighborhoods where people are living in spaces meant for far less people, there are still many migrants who are in our migrant housing programs for housing.

It’s living in shelters. It’s living on Randall’s Island, Floyd Bennett Field, at the Roosevelt Hotel and we know there are dozens of other shelters.

The perfect storm has arrived. In perfect storm situations Mother Nature takes over and an inertia is created that can’t really be stopped.

The perfect storm in the migrant crisis results in migrant-on-migrant violence, a lack of regard for police – leading an even more dangerous lack of respect for anyone. 

They can’t work, they have little to do but hang out in public spaces, just watching, wondering and waiting. And since it’s been nearly two years it has reached a perfect storm where migrant gangs grow and a crime wave persists.

While, for the last year or so, we have been worrying about retail stores closing because criminals know they can’t be prosecuted, the migrant community has now realized that ‘thuggary’ might be the only way to survive at the moment. 

We don’t entirely blame bail reform. We can’t entirely lame the mayor for calling migrants here. We remember when he exclaimed, “We’ll take em.”

We can’t entirely blame the legislature for hot figuring out a way they can get work visas. It’s everything … all at once.

The Woodhaven Beat: A Tale of Murder in Woodhaven, Part 2

By Ed Wendell 

Last week, we brought you the story of the murder of Professor Wilfred Phineas Kotkov of Woodhaven. It was a frigid night in February 1921 and the professor was attacked and brutally beaten with an iron bedpost in an empty lot on Liberty Avenue. Kotkov succumbed to his injuries, leaving a young wife and two children behind.

Two young men were identified at the scene and once at the station, they confessed and gave up their friends. There were immediate calls for swift justice; newspaper editorials called for the ultimate retribution – the electric chair.

Peter Nunziata was the youngest person ever sentenced to death in the State of New York, paying the ultimate price for his part in the murder of Professor Wilfred Phineas Kotkov of Woodhaven.

Within a week, indictments were handed down and the trial of 17-year-old Peter Nunziata began just 5 weeks after the attack. Nunziata, the youngest of the four attackers, denied any role in the attack and claimed that his confession was beaten out of him by police.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours and found Nunziata guilty, and the judge set the date of execution as June 5th. Peter Nunziata was the youngest person ever sentenced to death in the State of New York.

The second young man to go on trial was Joseph Alfano of Brooklyn. He shared the same lawyer as Nunziata and his defense was basically the same, stating that he was beaten badly by police and that the confession was handed to him with the order to sign it – or else!

The trial lasted 2 days and Alfano was found guilty. Days later, Alfano wept like a child as he was sentenced to death and transported to Sing Sing, his execution scheduled for just a few weeks after Nunziata.

The remaining two men awaiting trial – Frank Cassesso, and Alphonso “The Turk ” Verona, no doubt swayed by the results of the first two trials, rushed to plead guilty.

Nunziata and Alfano’s lawyer immediately appealed their death sentences, based on their sanity and their age, and these efforts were immediately denied. Finally, on June 6th 1922 (Nunziata’s nineteenth birthday) he was told that he was out of appeals and would die in just over a month.

With hours to go, Nunziata’s last chance evaporated when Governor Nathan Miller of New York refused to grant him clemency.

“Am I to stop the execution of the law because the defendant was slightly under 18 when the crime was committed? If so, where shall the line be drawn? A few weeks over or a few weeks under 18 can make little difference on the question of responsibility,” he said.

“This was a calculated, deliberate, brutal murder for a sordid purpose.”

The night of his execution, Nunziata was visited in the death house by his parents and other members of the family, who came from their home in Williamsburg. None of his family was permitted to embrace him or touch him in any way, a heavy mesh screen keeping them a foot away from his cell door.

His family had brought a bounty of food, but Nunziata was not allowed to have any. Instead, he requested that it be divided among the twenty-nine other condemned men occupying nearby cells.

When it came time to take the final, fateful walk to Old Sparky, Nunziata’s family members were consumed with grief as they said goodbye. Nunziata had remained calm throughout the visit, but seeing his parents in tears shattered his resolve.

But he gathered his composure and comforted members of his family by telling them that he was glad his troubles would soon be over.

“I am ready,” he said, and turned his back on his family, and walked past the cell doors of other men who were also soon scheduled to die. Ten minutes later, Peter Nunziata, nineteen years old, was pronounced dead.

It would be a year later that Alfano would take a similar trek to the electric chair, paying the ultimate price for his part in the murder of Professor Wilfred Phineas Kotkov of Woodhaven.

Of the remaining two men arrested for the crime, little is known. Cassesso served his time and, upon release, disappeared. And Alphonso “The Turk” Verona of Woodhaven, believed by many to be the devious mind behind the brutal crime, was eventually released from prison in his 50s and took up residence in Richmond Hill, where he lived ten quiet years until passing away at age 62.

This fateful night over 100 years ago is a tragic tale that ruined the lives of Kotkov’s wife and children, while also ruining the lives of the families of the young men executed for their brutal act of violence, a terrible tragedy all around.

The Woodhaven Beat: A Tale of Murder in Woodhaven, Part 1

By Ed Wendell

On a frigid night in February 1921, Professor Wilfred Phineas Kotkov got off the train at Boyd Avenue (88th Street) and cut across the empty lot at the corner of Benedict (87th Street) and Liberty to get to his home where he lived with his wife and two children.

Loitering beneath the station steps, four young men lay in wait with robbery and mayhem in their minds, waiting for someone who appeared prosperous enough to rob. When the professor crossed their path, they drifted behind and followed him across the dark, empty lot.

The young toughs attacked from behind and the 36-year-old professor of philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan was no match for them. Blow after blow rained down on the fallen man’s head.

When they emptied his pockets, they found that Kotkov had just a few coins and had to settle for his horn-rimmed glasses, fountain pen and gold watch before fleeing.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Kotkov lying face down in the snow, a bloody iron bedpost at his side. He was rushed to Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica where he lay in a coma.

The four young men had been spotted fleeing the scene and witnesses pointed out 2 of them loitering nearby. Police quickly apprehended Peter Nunziata and Joseph Alfano of Brooklyn and dragged them to the precinct.

The two men quickly confessed and gave up the rest of their gang, Frank Cassesso of Brooklyn and Alphonso “The Turk” Verona of Woodhaven. When Professor Kotkov died, the assault and robbery charges were upgraded to murder.

There were immediate calls for swift justice; newspaper editorials called for the ultimate retribution – the electric chair. And the wheels of justice were indeed swift.

A headline in a February 1921 edition of The Leader-Observer breaks the news that Professor Wilfred Phineas Kotkov had died from injuries sustained in a brutal attack by four young men.

Within a week, indictments were handed down and by the first week of April, just over 5 weeks after the attack, the trial of Peter Nunziata began. The 17-year-old was the youngest of the four attackers and a cool customer in court, often seen yawning during testimony.

A witness told how she watched from her kitchen window as the young men chased Professor Kotkov down and beat him. The Professor’s widow told the jury about the dreams of a happy life that had been shattered; she fainted in court when shown her late husband’s glasses and fountain pen, which had been a gift from her on his last birthday.

Nunziata’s legal defense was a vigorous one. His lawyer, Edward Reilly (who would later defend Bruno Hauptmann), declared that it was Verona of Woodhaven who killed Dr. Kotkov. He also claimed that Verona induced his client to go out on this fatal errand by intoxicating him with liquor.

When it seemed that this argument was not persuading the jury, Reilly shifted gears and claimed that his client’s confession was beaten out of him by the police and that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Professor Wilfred Phineas Kotkov, 36-year-old professor of philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan, was on his way home to his wife and 2 children when he crossed paths with four young men with robbery and mayhem in their minds.

“The detectives bungled this case, jumped to conclusions and then presented their facts to the District Attorney,” Reilly said in his summation, “It is your duty to acquit this defendant.”

But this failed to persuade the jury as they deliberated for less than an hour before coming back with a verdict of guilty. Nunziata sat unmoved as the verdict was read and as the judge explained to the young man that he would soon face death in the electric chair.

The judge set the date of execution as June 5th, about 6 weeks away. The attack, the investigation, the indictment, the trial, the deliberation and the sentencing all took place within a 105-day window. The public demanded swift justice, and they received it.

Peter Nunziata was the youngest person ever sentenced to death in New York and he received the sentence without flinching. He was escorted out of the courtroom to a car waiting to drive him to death row in Sing Sing, where “Old Sparky” was waiting.

Next week we will find out what happened to Peter Nunziata and the other defendants in the trial of the murder of Professor Wilfred Kotkov of Woodhaven.

PS Some of you may have noticed that Professor Kotkov’s home and the site of the attack are in Ozone Park. But keep in mind that in those days, that was still considered Woodhaven.

Second Annual Tech and Job Fair at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center

By Athena Dawson | [email protected]

On Saturday Jan. 27, the Queens Borough President’s office hosted their second annual Queens Tech and Job Fair at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Dozens of people showed up in their professional attire with their resumes in tow to network with the participating companies. The  Queens Tech & Job Fair featured many workshop and networking opportunities targeted towards people of color and disadvantaged residents who were interested in the tech industry. Some of the companies and organizations featured included JobsFirstNYC, Hood Code, Greater Nexus,  All Star Code, and Urban Upbound. Residents interested in one-on-one mentoring met with the Black Cornell Tech Student Association in partnership with Meta.

Deputy Borough President Ebony Young explained the importance of the event for the local community. “This all came from the problem right, there is a HR&A report commissioned by Google and Tech NYC that gives a whole synopsis around the state of tech in New York City and unfortunately Brown and Black people sit at the bottom of that report.” 

Networking at the Queens Tech and Job Fair

Young emphasized the importance of creating an ecosystem to nurture local talent and push them into tech. “The ecosystem, really from the borough president, starts with how do we inform people differently? That’s why we have Sky High and JobsFirst here to really look at artificial intelligence using that as a skills based analysis to look at what are your entry points and skills,”  she said.

Many of the residents, like 27-year-old Malik Dixon, an IT admin, were eager to network for opportunities. “I wanted to see what else is out there, if there’s anything that I might not know that is recommended by someone else. Honestly it’s mostly about networking right now… even if you have the skills you have to know someone,” he said. 

For 28-year-old Ph.D. student Liam Albright, his position on the executive board of Cornell Tech Black Student Association aids in fostering inclusivity and equity within the tech space. He felt the job fair was a way to encourage more people to branch into the tech industry. “We’re basically providing general mentorship and advice for anyone interested in careers in tech and higher education in tech. Giving advice on how they can get involved and boost their resume… just general advice for breaking into the tech field.”

Job seekers gather at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center for the second annual Queens Tech and Job Fair

The job fair is part of the borough president’s office’s multi leveled initiative to build Queens into a technology hub. In July, Richards and Young visited Lagos Nigeria, dubbed the Silicon Valley of Africa to incorporate some of their success into the creation of a Black tech hub in Queens. The initiative has already created Greater Nexus through the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. Opened in 2022, Greater Nexus is a brand new, state of the art co-working hub located in downtown Jamaica.

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