Its Queens, Fall 2008

It’s Queens  – The Magazine has shown our readers that a story can be found anywhere here in Queens.

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From the two busiest airports in the free world to the best New York Pretzels in the best pretzel city in the U.S., Queens continues to surprise us with its diverse menu of eateries, activities, and opportunities. Our innovators are in a class by themselves.

Queens Innovators Innovators are not simply individuals who had an idea and “went with it.” A genuine innovator has more than an idea. He or she has a vision, seizes an opportunity, takes a risk, and then follows through. There are bumps in the road, obstacles, detractors, supporters who share the vision – and finally, maybe, just maybe, there is that innovation which saves time, money, lives, or simply makes daily life easier.

True innovation makes a measured difference to someone out there, doesn’t it?

Well look no further than page 20 in this issue for our Top 15 Innovators of Queens. In our quest to have something for everyone in It’s Queens, why not think about getting a nice hot towel shave? Check it out…this issue we give you the five hottest in the borough.

With the proliferation of big box stores, whose philosophy (by definition) is to put the little guys out of business, we thought we would point out some brave and crafty souls whose businesses bucked the odds and thrived in this age of chain stores that are better known for their lousy service and low prices.

Also, check out our Top 5 Developments and the Top 10 all-time moments at Shea Stadium. As Queensites know very well, the Mets will play in a new stadium next season, so dear old Shea will be gone forever.

It’s Astoria Try living in Astoria. We did – and it’s great. Astoria is not just for Greeks anymore. Artists, serious business people, some great watering holes and outstanding food is on the mind of residents of Astoria these days.

Queens Fashion – Oh Yeah! Feedback from our readers on recent issues of IQ has led us to start a fashion section. (One quick look at the get-ups that people around our office sport and it was obvious to me we shouldn’t hire a fashion guru for the magazine from within the organization.) For those who think Queens fashion is an oxymoron, think again. There is some real time and money spent by Queens residents on fashion and you’ll be surprised where they shop for it.

Enjoy the fall issue!

Walter (Walter Sanchez, Publisher)

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