Kings of Queens

Queens Has No Intention of Being Left Out of This Tech Boom

A meetup! Tech classes! An incubator!
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Represent. (Photo: flickr.com/edogisgod)

Hot on the heels of launching the borough’s own tech meetup and the announcement of new tech classes launching in the fall, the Daily News reports that the Coalition for Queens is partnering with a Long Island City packaging company in an attempt to create a new tech incubator.

All that talk of Brooklyn must’ve lit a fire under someone.

The coalition and the company Plaxall (which sounds like the corporate villain in a Ridley Scott flick) have submitted a project proposal to the local Regional Economic Development Council for an Anable Basin Tech Incubator. But before anyone packs up to move, we should note that the plan will have to compete with many, many other proposals for state funding.

The likely home would be one of Plaxall’s warehouses, near the riverfront and right off Vernon Boulevard–and right across the water from CornellNYC:

“Our goal is to turn western Queens into a tech hub for New York City,” said Plaxall President Andrew Kirby. “It could help to attract the best and brightest of young innovators to the city to live and work and create exciting new businesses.”

But, of course, this wouldn’t be a New York tech story without some element of whimsy:

Plaxall and the Coalition are also exploring turning an old ferry boat into a floating beer garden, Kirby said. They are also look to host weekend markets on a parking lot nearby.

Anything to keep people from noticing that sketchy strip under Queensboro Plaza, a mere 15-minute walk away. We can’t see startup folk frequenting the gentlemen’s club Scandals (please note that proper pronunciation requires a husky whisper).

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