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The Bayside BID is partnering with Council Member Paul Vallone and Age-friendly NYC to make Bayside a great place to work, play and shop for people all ages.

Did you know that there are over 1 million older New Yorkers living in the city and the number is only growing? Older New Yorkers visit local stores, restaurants, banks, pharmacies and salons every day. In order to create the best experience for everyone visiting and shopping in Bayside, the BID is partnering with Age-friendly NYC to make it more inclusive for older adults.

Age-friendly NYC was established in 2007 and is a partnership between the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council and The New York Academy of Medicine that works to make all aspects of life in New York City more inclusive of older adults today and in the future.

Age-friendly NYC will be working with the Bayside BID to provide practical no-cost and low-cost strategies and resources local businesses can use to attract and better serve older New Yorkers. They will also be working with the BID to evaluate programming and events in order to better accommodate the preferences and needs of older guests.

Stay tuned for more information and upcoming chances to get involved!

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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng coordinated a visit by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to Queens.

The two toured local small businesses on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, with the main stop at Bayside Milk Farm, a 38-year-old family-owned grocery market.

In her first visit to Queens, Contreras-Sweet was able to see borough businesses firsthand, and hear concerns of local small business owners.

Contreras-Sweet, who President Obama chose for the cabinet-level position earlier this year, became head of the SBA in April.

“I thank Administrator Contreras-Sweet for coming to Queens and for being a true advocate for small businesses,” said Meng. “Small businesses are the backbone of the Queens economy. Their success is critical to the prosperity of our region, and we must ensure that they have the tools they need to succeed. I’m thrilled that Administrator Contreras-Sweet was able to experience the vibrancy and success of our borough’s entrepreneurs, and I look forward to continuing to work with her to help make local small businesses the best that they can be.”

“Hearing from small business owners directly is so important to the work I do as head of the SBA,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Being able to visit communities across the country such as Bayside, where small businesses are an important part of the neighborhood character, let’s me see and hear firsthand how we can continue to grow entrepreneurship across the nation.”

“We thank Administrator Contreras-Sweet for visiting Bayside and touring our business,” said Pat Perulli and Patrick Perulli, the Co-Owners of Bayside Milk Farm. “We’re excited that she is seeing firsthand what’s going on with small businesses in Queens.”

“Thank you to Congresswoman Grace Meng for inviting SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet to Bayside Village,” said Lyle Sclair, Executive Director of the Bayside Village BID. “Bell Boulevard is home over 140 small businesses providing a wide range of services, and every business owner has a different set of needs. Administrator Contreras-Sweet’s visit is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the federal government the types of support needed in order to make ‘Main Street’ businesses compete in this difficult economy.”

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz to launch the Queens VETS program.
This program is our way of thanking veterans living or shopping in Queens for their service to our country and our community. Veterans will be given an identification card that, when presented at a participating business, will enable them to receive a pre-determined discount on goods or services.
Businesses wishing to offer a discount will receive a decal identifying them as a participant. Additionally, each business will be listed on the Queens Chamber as well as Assemblyman Simanowitz’s website for the duration of their participation. If you decide the program is not right for your business, you can drop out at any time by contacting the Chamber.
At a minimum, your business will be contacted on an annual basis to confirm your continued interest in the program. In addition to showing your support for our veterans, this initiative will give your business access to the growing community of veterans in Queens.
Click here to download the Queens VETS program Merchant Application form. We hope that you will strongly consider joining us, and your fellow business owners, in supporting those who have fought on our behalf. Program participation is open to all members of the Bayside Village BID.

Customers Are Advised to Plan Ahead and Allow Extra Time for Travel

MTA Long Island Rail Road will be performing scheduled track maintenance work on the Port Washington Branch over the first two weekends in October that will result in significant services changes for both eastbound and westbound service.

Weekend of Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12

Beginning on Saturday, October 11, one of two tracks in the Woodside Station area will be out of service for 27 hours to allow LIRR workers to resurface an important switch resurfacing at an interlocking in the area. During this time, Port Washington Branch train service will be reduced to hourly. Then on Sunday, October 12 from 3 PM until midnight, both tracks will be taken out of service to complete the work and buses will be substituted for train service.

With the suspension of train service on Sunday, October 12 at 3 PM, Port Washington Branch customers will board eastbound Ronkonkoma Branch trains at Penn Station and transfer to buses at Woodside to complete their trip east. Regular train service will resume after midnight.

Customers traveling between 3 PM and midnight boarding at station Port Washington through Main Street-Flushing will board buses and transfer to trains at Woodside Station to complete their trip west.

For More Information
Customers should consult the special Port Washington Branch schedules, one for the weekend of October 4 & 5 and one for the weekend of October 11 & 12, which are available at LIRR terminals and local branch stations. The special schedules are also available on the MTA LIRR website at Customers can also call 511, the New York State Travel Information line, and say: Long Island Rail Road. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay to reach LIRR at 511.

Bayside Creative, the Graphic Design Art program from the Faculty and Students at Bayside High School's CTE program is offering the Bayside Village BID members a free graphic design service. The Students from the Bayside Creative Program designed the seasonally themed banners that are on Bell Boulevard.

About Bayside Creative
Bayside Creative is a team of talented Graphic Design students at Bayside High School who work in a studio environment to bring you outstanding graphic design services for FREE. We are headed by teachers who have worked
professionally in the industry for over 10 years. We want to help the Bayside business community be the best they can be by creating amazing ready-to-print designs at no cost to you. We simply want to gain experience and knowledge to fulfill our dreams. Our passion and love for art and design shines through in every project. Download a page summary of the Bayside Creative Program

Contact Bayside Creative
Visit, scroll down and click the BAYSIDE CREATIVE link, and complete the form, or click on the image below (Opens a new window) 












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