It’s Queens The Magazine • Fall 2015
Publisher’s Note: The Tech World is Embracing Queens
We can’t get over the innovation in the tech industry in this borough. Even a quick search through Google for Queens tech news shows a host of new companies taking root every month.
And we’re not talking about the guy in his basement who is developing an app. We are finding small businesses that are putting a good deal of money and effort into development and marketing. Check out the Patrick Kearns piece on Arro, an app being developed in Queens that might just be the magic bullet to help save the legacy cab companies.
Speaking of the tech front, Time Warner Cable is one of those companies that continue to invest in tech education for our growing youth population. They just donated $50,000 for a Tech STEM Center at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens in Long Island City.
TWC opened the center in late November and the impact of that grant has been immediately seen, as the kids at the club are being innovative every day after school with iPads, laptops and mobile devices provided by the cable company. Now that’s how you promote a whole new generation of tech-minded kids.
With nearly 2 million people in Queens, we are bound to have some great comedians, right? We sat down with some of those funny people for our It’s List, the Top 15 Comedians in Queens.
Personally, I have known Ridgewood native Chris DiStefano since his days on the basketball court at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. From Guy Code to his work on MSG’s The Bracket, Chris has never failed to make me laugh.
Any way you slice it, rating pizza in Queens is going to raise some controversy. We have the guts to do it and we’re not going to back down on our Top Slices. New Park anyone?
For this issue, we also found Five Thrift and Vintage Shops that are worth your while. Sorry eastern Queens, on this front western Queens has the edge. Be sure to check out our favorite, Sunnyside’s Stray Vintage.
Our own Jen Khedaroo does a piece in this issue about how Queens residents with a passion for writing have found support through workshops and writers’ groups. From poetry to novels, the Queens writing scene is quite robust.
She also has a profile on the work of Columbian-born Claudia Marulanda, whose “Wonder Woman” work has created some cool buzz around the borough.
Anyone who follows our news organizations is aware of how much we love the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium as a Top Live Music Venue. We picked it as the top spot, but we also have four others where you’re sure to find some quality entertainment.
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