Long Island City is considered by many to be one of the fastest growing hot spots in Queens. It’s proximity to Manhattan offers picturesque skyline views and convenient transportation anywhere in New York City. However, according to Brian Adams, Chairman of the Hunters Point Merchant Association, things weren’t looking so good just one year ago.
“It was a rough situation: because of the economic downturn and problems with the 7 train, people and businesses were leaving the area. We wanted to do something to help,” Adams said.
Acting as Business Consultant, Adams has gotten involved with LICityGuide.com, whose mission is to promote area business, arts and tourism. In just one year, Adams says he can see a dramatic impact the web site has had.
“It’s about awareness for our community. Bringing attention to all that we have to offer in terms of shopping, food, arts and entertainment… I’ve talked to so many people that came to visit and decided to stay. That’s what we set out to accomplish,” Adams said.
From local news and event listings to an interactive business database, LICityGuide.com has established itself as the area’s premiere business directory and community portal, offering many services for both merchants and residents alike.
One service Adams is especially excited about is the new Community Savings Card. With over 30 businesses currently participating, card holders get exclusive discounts on dining, shopping and services in the LIC area and beyond. “The best part about the Community Savings Card, and what makes it different from others like it, is that ours is totally free to the consumer. Where others may charge you $20 for a similar card, you can go to our web site and simply print it out to start saving,” Adams explained.
Another new update to the growing LICityGuide.com concept is the Dining Guide, an expansive directory of LIC restaurants complete with maps, directions and contact info. The featured listing showcases a rotating roster of dining destinations; currently highlighted is Riverview Restaurant, whose Valentine’s Day menu is posted along with pictures and diner reviews.
In addition to directing shoppers where to find deals in the community, LICityGuide.com also acts as a business incubator, providing the necessary tools for opening up shop locally. “We hold free business education seminars, offering guidance on the proper channels to go through for starting a business—like what paperwork needs to be filed and how to incorporate your business,” Adams said.
To further promote commerce, the web site is currently offering unlimited free posting of picture classified ads in the Marketplace section of the LICityGuide. With an array of categories to file an item or service under, Adams said their motivation for creating the Marketplace was brought on by the amount of artists residing in the area that needed an outlet for selling their work. “We don’t get involved in the transaction at all or charge for the service in any way. We just want to provide a means for doing good business in LIC.”
LICityGuide.com hopes to continue to grow to help the growing community. “We’re posting local artwork, promoting the Queens Art Expo in June, getting involved in historical preservation and even starting a community-run radio station, LICFM,” Adams said.
Whether you’re a LIC resident, business owner or just visiting, you can get involved with the growth and savings by going to LICityGuide.com.