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Rally blasts booze mega-store proposal

The proposed Total Wine & More mega-store in College Point isn’t going down smooth with the industry’s smaller merchants in Queens.Around 40 merchants and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 2D members rallied against the plan with Metropolitan Package Store Association Executive Director Michael Correra and Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) on Monday evening at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Downtown Flushing.

Thursday 09/12/2019
Jamaica march backs trash zone legislation
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 11:58 am

Jamaica, on and in the vicinity of Douglas Avenue, is one of four neighborhoods in New York City where waste transfer stations handle more than 75 percent of the garbage generated daily in the five boroughs.

On. Sept. 4, marchers, including elected officials and community and environmental activists, marched along Douglas and through the surrounding neighborhood in support of a bill they believe would, if passed, reduce the noise, traffic and pollution associated with garbage trucks; and codify numerous workplace and safety regulations for workers who collect commercial waste in the city.

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Proposed mega-liquor store gets blowback
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:05 pm

A 30,000-square-foot mega-liquor store planned for College Point would devastate the industry’s mom-and-pop merchants in Queens, a group that represents them says.

“This store is like a neutron bomb going off,” Metro Package Store Association Executive Director Michael Correra told the Chronicle.

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Details emerge on trash zone proposal
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:19 pm

A bill that would overhaul the collection of commercial waste in New York City continues to wend its way through the legislative process.

Intro. 1574, a 48-page document, would divide the city into at least 20 zones. The collection of trash from commercial customers would be awarded to one collector per zone, who also would have to provide recycling and organics collection.

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Biz owners singing boulevard blues
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:11 pm

Business owners on Queens Boulevard are concerned.

It’s been two years since the Department of Transportation laid down bike lanes on both the eastbound and westbound Queens Boulevard service roads between Eliot Avenue in Rego Park and Yellowstone Boulevard in Forest Hills, which resulted in the removal of 198 parking spaces.

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Monday 09/09/2019
QEDC offers business, personal finance courses and grants
Updated: September 12, 2019 - 1:10 pm

Looking to help entrepreneurs, established business owners, home improvement contractors, minorities, immigrants, women and others, the Queens Economic Development Corp. announced its fall 2019 lineup of programs and services on Sept. 9.

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Thursday 09/05/2019
Neptune owner says diner is staying put
Updated: September 12, 2019 - 1:02 pm

The Neptune Diner is an Astoria institution, having been at the intersection of Astoria Boulevard and 31st Avenue under the shadow of the N/W subway line for more than 40 years.

And when, according to city records, the property at 31-05 Astoria Blvd. was sold for a tidy sum last year, rumors started to spread that the neighborhood site which has hosted generations of Sunday dinners, first dates and late-night snacks, might see its days numbered.

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Thursday 08/29/2019
Business split on marijuana test ban
Updated: September 05, 2019 - 12:27 pm

Beginning next spring, New York City residents who use marijuana will have fewer hurdles when looking for work as a result of a recently passed law by the Committee on Civil and Human Rights.

The law, sponsored by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, will prohibit pre-employment testing for marijuana and THC for thousands of positions throughout the city. New York became the first city in the country to pass such a law.

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TLC ends advertising on for-hire vehicles
Updated: September 05, 2019 - 12:29 pm

Facing a legal challenge earlier this year, the Taxi and Limousine Commission suspended its longstanding rules against for-hire vehicles sporting advertising either inside or out.

But with the court recently finding in the TLC’s favor, the 70 drivers who had permits for the advertising have until Aug. 31 to remove it; and others hopeful of getting approval themselves now apparently will not get the opportunity.

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Thursday 08/15/2019
A city snapshot of storefront vacancies
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:02 pm

The Department of City Planning last week released a 61-page study on storefront business vacancies in the five boroughs, presenting data and snapshots from 24 communities, including Astoria, Jackson Heights and Laurelton in Queens.

Both the city’s study and an informal canvass by the Chronicle reached almost identical conclusions — the challenges for small business are more complicated and more numerous than just rising rents.

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