14 MAY 2017 Queens Business THE QUEENS COURIER Charts and graphs: via NYC Department of City Planning Star Network to host its premiere ‘Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event’ The Star Network will be hosting its Premiere “Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event” on Wednesday, June 14. We will be feting successful real estate and development professionals in the following categories: development, residential, commercial and individual accomplishments. This event will bring together industry experts including development, retail, residential, industrial, investment and more to provide valuable insight into what is currently taking place and what opportunities exist in the market. The event will feature Tami Bonnell, CEO of Exit Realty Corp International as the keynote speaker. Proceeds from the evening’s raffl e will be donated to Candles for Hope, which hosts birthday parties for homeless children. The Star Network’s “Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event,” on Wednesday, June 14, is in association with Property Shark and Brownstoner.com. It will be held at Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th St., Corona, NY 11368, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $150 each; $1,400 for a table of 10. Sponsors include Flushing Bank, National Grid, Quontic Bank, California Closets and Exit Realty. To learn more, or for sponsorship information, call Amy Amato at 718 224 5863 ext. 201 or email aamato@ starnetwork.com. YOU VOTE. THEY WIN. The Bethpage Best of the Boro program has grown to be a coveted award for Queens’s best businesses. Hundreds of businesses are nominated and thousands of the public vote each year. There will only be one fi rst place winner in each category crowned BETHPAGE BEST OF THE BORO. Voting ends July 28 at midnight, so be sure to cast your ballot at bestof.qns.com. The exposure of the Bethpage Best of the Boro is enormous for the businesses involved. Each business that wins gets the right to utilize the “Best Of” logo/mark that is promoted in a tremendous amount of marketing including plaques, banners, print advertisements, digital marketing, social media marketing, outdoor advertising, email signatures, business cards and so much more. Recognition means the world to the winners, and along with that distinction comes a great deal of pride. The Bethpage Best of the Boro’s impact is undeniable-it touches hearts and changes lives with these unique and distinguished marks of excellence. You are allowed one vote per IP address per day for each category. For more information, call 718- 224-5863, Ext 227 or emailbestof@ schnepscommunications. com. Queens is growing rapidly in population - and age: report BY ANTHONY GIUDICE AGIUDICE@QNS.COM @A_GIUDICEREPORT The people who call Queens home are changing, but not in the way you might think. It is no secret that Queens’ population is growing. According to the NYC Department of City Planning, Queens has added 109,771 new residents between 2000 and 2015, a 4.9 percent hike, for a total of 2,339,150 residents. This makes Queens the fourth largest city ranked by population in 2015, sitting behind Chicago, IL (2,720,546) and ahead of Houston, TX (2,296,224). And that number is expected to continue to grow. City Planning is projecting the borough’s population to balloon to 2,412,649 by 2040, for a 7.2 percent change since 2010. As many neighborhoods across the “World’s Borough” are experiencing an injection of youth leading to increasing cases of gentrifi cation, the population of Queens, however, is getting older. Projections by City Planning see the number of Queens residents 65-yearsold and older jumping to 377,060 by 2040, a 30.8 percent change from the 2010 fi gure of 288,219. Queens is also continuing to hold its moniker as the “World’s Borough” as nearly half (47.9 percent) of Queens residents were foreign-born in 2015. According to City Planning, the 2015 U.S. Census placed the borough’s 1,120,095 foreign-born residents into 10 top countries of origin and an “Other” category. The “Other” group had 39 percent of the foreign-born population, China — including the mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan — accounted for 14 percent, Guyana and Ecuador each had 7 percent, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, India, Colombia, and Bangladesh had 5 percent each, while Jamaica and Korea had 4 percent of the foreign-born population. With rising rent and home prices, new residential towers being built seemingly every month, rising public transportation costs, and an increased cost of living, only time will tell what will become of Queens in the future. All information provided by City Planning was gathered through Department of City Planning Population Division Website (www.nyc.gov/ population), New York City Census FactFinder (www.nyc.gov/cff), and the Census Bureau Website (www. census.gov).
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