The Queens Chamber of Commerce Annual Building Awards is Next Wednesday

The yearly event hosted by the Queens Chamber of Commerce highlights the best and brightest of building in the Borough

QUEENS, N.Y. – Nov. 30, 2017 – PRLog — The Borough of Queens would not be the beautiful place it is today without the residential, commercial and industrial buildings that are rehabilitated and created each year.  Each year the Queens Chamber Of Commerce celebrates all types of buildings from new construction to interiors to additions to major corporate projects.  Please join us Wednesday, December 6PM at Terrace on the Park as we honor and celebrate Queens Real Estate.

The keynote speaker is Rick D. Chandler, P.E. Commissioner at the NYC Department of Buildings.

The Gala Honoree is Michael Viggiano, Executive Vice President at Skanska USA Civil Northeast, Inc.

Queens Chamber of Commerce

Building Awards Winners 2017


(Religious Building)

The Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens

Owner: The Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens

Architect: Kenny Lee Architect

Builder: Nextcom Construction, Inc.


(Office Building)

Woori America Bank

Owner: Woori America Bank

Architect: Kyu Lee Architect, PC

Builder: Nextcom Construction, Inc.

(Mixed Use- Residential/Commercial/Industrial)

Graffiti House

Owner: 11-07 Welling Court LLC

Architect: Architects Studio

Builder: AKI Development

New Construction:

(Single Residence- Over 3000 sq. feet)

Browvale Development Residence

Owner: Browvale Development LLC

Architect: Frank Petruso Architect, PC

Builder: O’Sullivan Builders & Developers Inc.

(Residences- 1 or 2 Family Attached)

Dorrian Residence

Owner: Tom Dorrian

Architect: Frank Petruso Architect, PC

Builder: Artistic Design Corp.

(Multi Family High Rise 4 or More Stories)

The L@31st Drive

Owner:  The L Group

Architect: Gerald J. Caliendo, RA, PC

Builder: Showcase Design Corp.

(Mixed Use- Residential/Commercial/Industrial)

The Jackson

Owner: Charney Construction & Development LLC

Architect: Fogarty Finger

Builder: 1Oak Contracting

(Single & 2 Family Residences)

129 Beach 136th Street

Owner: Laurie Weissman Austin

Architect: TF Cusanelli & Filletti Architects

Builder: Chait Builders Inc.

(Multiple Dwelling Affordable Housing)

The Pavilion

Owner: D&F Development Group, LLC

Architect: Gerald J. Caliendo, RA, PC

Builder: D&F Construction Group

(Landscape Design, Courtyards, Plazas)

Graffiti House

Owner: 11-07 Welling Court LLC

Architect: Architects Studio

Builder: AKI Development

(Health Care Related Facility)

Mount Sinai Queens Pavilion

Owner: The Mount Sinai Hospital/Queens Campus

Architect: NK Architects

Builder: Skanska USA Building

Rehabilitation, Readaptive Use Alteration, or Addition :

(Public Building)

VIP 5th Ave Club, Resort World Casino NYC

Owner: Resort World Casino NYC

Architect: Architects Rule, P.C.

Builder: D’Amato Builders and Advisors, LLC

(Commercial Building)

National and Alamo Car Rental Facility

Owner: Enterprise Holdings Inc.

Architect: Graf & Lewent Architects

Builder: ICS Builders

(Single Residences- 1 Family Detached Up to 3000 sq. feet)

Heyin Lin Residence

Owner: Heyin Lin

Architect: John C Chen Architect, PLLC

Builder: TBC Construction Inc.

(Single Residences- 1 Family Detached Over 3000 sq. feet)

Chan Residence

Owner: Kwok Yiu Chan

Architect: HCD Architect P.C.

Builder: Shin Yang Construction

(Residences 1 or 2 Family Attached)

162 Residence

Owner: Jianfeng Zhen

Architect: John C. Chen Architect, PLLC

Builder: TBC Construction Inc.

(Health Care Related)

Genesis Renal Services

Owner: Nathan Brachfeld

Architect: Zambrano Architectural Design, LLC

Builder: Fazio Construction Co.

(Office Building)

Gerald J. Caliendo Architects Building

Owner: Gerald J. Caliendo

Architect: Gerald J. Caliendo, RA, PC

Builder: Builder Impact Builders

(Single & 2 Family Residence)

Mikail Residence

Owner: Samuel & Reena Mikail

Architect: Gino O. Longo R.A.

Builder: Almonte Home Improvements

Sponsors for the event include Skansa, Con Ed, National Grid, Investors Bank, Douglaston Development, TD Bank, Spectrum, Graf and Lewent Architects, LLP, Mount Sinai Queens, York, and NCA-Newtown Creek Alliance.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Visit or call the Chamber at 718-898-8500 ext 123 or email Sophia Ganosis
for more information.

Bridget O’Brien

The Queens Chamber of Commerce Presents The Business Person of the Year Awards

Every year, the Queens Chamber of Commerce presents The Business Person of the Year awards, where they honor prestigious business people of Queens.  This year’s Hall of Fame honoree is Joseph M. Mattone Sr., along with Evan Jerome, Sheila Lewandowski, and Peter Tu.

Joseph M. Mattone, Sr., the Chairman of the Board of Mattone Group, LLC has been involved in real estate development since 1955, both individually and under the Mattone Group banner. Mr. Mattone is also a Senior Partner in the law firm of Mattone, Mattone, Mattone, Mattone, Mattone, Megna and Todd, a full service Queens-based law firm.   The Mattone organization currently owns, leases, manages and develops commercial, office, residential and industrial properties.

Evan Jerome is the Senior Vice President of King Graduate School at the Queens Campus at Monroe College. He is responsible for overseeing undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as off site continuing education in both domestic and international markets.

Sheila Lewandowski is co-founder and executive director of The Chocolate Factory Theater. Through her leadership, the theater has supported over 800 artists and as many as 35,000 visitors since opening its doors in 2004. In addition, Ms. Lewandowski instituted the annual Taste of Long Island City as an economic and community development project, the proceeds of which further the work of The Chocolate Factory’s artists each year.

Peter Tu is the Director of the Flushing Chinese Business Association. Referred to as the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, it is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit group in New York State. Since the founding of 1982, all the members and the board of directors work together to serve the community. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce has been recognized by all levels of government agencies, and people from all walks of life.

October 18, 2017

52-11 111TH Street Flushing, New York
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Awards Program

To register or discuss sponsorship opportunties, please call 718.898.8500 ext 123, email or go to

Queens Chamber of Commerce Helping Victims of Hurricane Harvey


The New York area was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy nearly five years ago, especially in Queens. “Many remember how difficult the first few days and weeks were as the water receded and the damage and destruction became evident. Lives lost, homes destroyed, businesses damaged and places of employment unable to function or even open their doors,”  says Thomas J. Grech, Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “It took almost a week to connect with our new friends at the Houston Metropolitan Chamber, but once we did and understood the gravity of the situation, we reached out and set this effort in motion.”

The Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Chamber of Commerce Foundation, (a 501 c 3) and the Queens business community are proudly announcing an effort to again “Repair Restore and Renew” the businesses, employers and hard workers in the Houston metropolitan area. They have sought out their friends at the Houston Metropolitan Chamber to receive the financial funds and assistance we gather, solicit, and receive. Your tax-deductible financial donation will help the Houston Metropolitan Chamber assist their Members and the business community get back on their feet and working.

You can write a check and mail it to us at:

Queens Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Hurricane Harvey Relief, Suite 140
75-20 Astoria Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY 11370

Or click the link below:

Queens Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing September 28th

North Hills Country Club

North Hills Country Club

The Queens Chamber of Commerce 2017 Golf Outing and Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 28 at the beautiful North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, New York. The day’s events will begin with registration and a breakfast spread at 9:00 am followed by a shotgun start at 11:30 am. Lunch will be provided on-course with early evening cocktails & dinner starting at 5:00 pm.

This year, the Chamber is honoring three special people from the legal community in Queens. Our Public Service Honoree is Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. We are also honoring Albert F. Pennisi, Special Counsel, Daniels Norelli Cecere & Tavel PC and John “Sean” Crowley, Partner, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP. The program will include raffle prizes, a variety of awards and a silent auction. Cigars will be rolled and available all day on-site along with a number of new amenities.

Your support will help the Queens Chamber Foundation enhance their commitment to supporting education and scholarships throughout Queens County. Please join us and participate in the program by sponsoring the event and the Honorees, bringing a foursome of colleagues and clients or attending the dinner.

To participate and view complete event information, visit the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s website at

Celebrate the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival with the Queens Chamber of Commerce This Sunday

Queens Chamber of Commerce Dragon Race Team

Queens Chamber of Commerce Dragon Race Team

New festival events consist of six new ten person boats and several Special/Invitational Cup races. A Special 20th Hong Kong SAR Anniversary Invitational, the Municipal Invitational race, featuring various teams from our elected officials, Mayor De Blasio, Queens Borough President Katz, Congresswoman Meng and Assemblyman Kim’s office were invited to field teams as well as the NYC government agencies NYPD, NYFD, DEP and Parks Department. Other special races include the Hong Kong Family Invitational, The Health Care Invitational, A Senior’s Invitational, Women’s Invitational, Media Challenge and The Educational Invitational. This year’s Corporate Invitational looks to be a good one, with sixteen Corporate Teams joining us to race for their companies. The Festival will be held at Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York rain or shine, and admission is free.

“Personally, and as a representative of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, it is of utmost importance to engage with the amazing and diverse cultural groups of the World’s Borough. The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is perfect example of our communities coming together in the spirit of tradition and competition,” says Manager of Committee Development & Member Engagement, Brett Swanson. “I’d like to thank the organizing committee along with HKDBF Chairman and Queens Chamber Board Member, Henry Wan, for putting together such a wonderful event. Good luck to all those who will be battling on the water!”

HKDBF-NY, an international, multi-cultural celebration and sporting event, the largest multicultural Festival in New York and the largest festival of its kind in the U.S. HKDBF-NY keeps up the age old tradition of Dragon Boat Racing in colorful, custom made teak boats, which are virtual works of art gliding on water. Custom made by a small coterie of craftsmen in Hong Kong, weighing one ton each, colorfully painted with a Dragon head at the front and Dragon tail at the rear, the boats are piloted by up to 20 crewmen, including 18 paddlers, a drummer and steers person. For twenty-six successful years HKDBF-NY has attracted a diverse, multi-cultural audience of more than 50,000 attendees throughout North America. With a record number of teams participating 200+ well-trained teams, involving more than 2,500 participants competing from across the U.S. and Canada, this year’s festival is expected to be notable in its scale and fierce competition.

“We are happy to get great corporate and community supports, over 200 teams will participate in our dragon boat festival this year,” says Henry Wan. “We are one of the largest multicultural and sporting event in NYC, please bring your family to see the exciting dragon boat racing, enjoy the diverse food court and international stage performances…and it is free.”

The festival takes place over two days on the site of the 1964 World’s Fair, featuring events for the entire family. The opening day parade at noon on Saturday, Aug. 12th will be followed by the New York City Heritage Championship Races. The U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship finals will be held Saturday/Sunday, with the teams vigorously competing for their share of the cash & prizes. Racing starts at 9:00 a.m. and events last throughout the day until approximately 5:00 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Other festival events consist of the NYC Heritage Open, corporate youth, charity race, martial arts demonstrations, the traditional Dragon dance, musical and other diverse performances and demonstrations of folk arts and crafts.

The tradition of Dragon Boat Racing is an annual Chinese rite commemorating the idealistic poet and reformer Qu Yuan who drowned himself in the third century B.C. to protest against his emperor’s policies. The locals raced in their boats in an attempt to rescue the poet. To prevent fish and water dragons from eating his body, the locals beat their drums and splashed their paddles. This was the beginning of Dragon Boat Racing

Admission to the HKDBF-NY is Free, Events Take Place Rain or Shine.

Directions to the Festival by car – take the Long Island Expressway to Van Wyck Expressway to exit 11 south, then stay on service road to the Park. Parking is severely limited. Please take the MTA or carpool.

Directions to the Festival by Bus/Subway – Again, this year we’ve worked with the MTA to insure easy and safe transportation to the Festival site. Festival goers can use their MetroCard to take the #7 Train to the CitiField. Stop and transfer from there to special MTA shuttle buses that will take them directly to the Festival site, or they can walk from the CitiField stop (about 15 minutes) or take the colorful park trolley to the festival site. Parking on-site is limited, you can park at CitiField and take the special MTA shuttle with your MetroCard or use correct change.

This Year’s Sponsors Include ; the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, NY; Corporate Supporter HSBC Bank USA.,N.A.; Con Edison, New York Community Bank, Toyota, Shanghai Commercial Bank, New York -Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, Nielsen, Flushing Bank, UPS, AARP, New York Hospital Queens, DELTA, Cathay Bank, iBBTalk, Verizon, Macy’s, DKMS, Vallo Transportation, Ltd., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Office of the Queensborough President, Melinda Katz, NYC&Co, Discover Queens. Additional support provided by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Geico.

Media & Creative Partners: WNBC TV 4, New York Daily News, Sing Tao Daily News, The Queens Courier, GoodNews, MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting, Inc.(AM1480, Sino Television, Sinocast, M-Weekly Magazine), Fusia Communications, Inc., Inak Design. Additional support provided by The Times Ledger Newspaper Group,YELP, Blank Slate Media.