Thank you to Alexandra Torres and the Glendale Register for the front page article in the February 14th issue of the entitled "The Other Side of Myrtle."
It was a refreshing and positive report, and much closer to the truth than a very negative article, which I feel was very detrimental to business in Glendale, that appeared in another local paper last week whose name we will not mention.
Yes, it is true that there are a few popular businesses like Belmont Steaks that have been forced to leave upper Glendale due to expiring leases and unaffordable rent increases, but there are others, like Forest Park Dental, who simply needed more space to expand and took the opportunity to purchase a building less than a quarter-mile away rather than continue to pay rent.
If purchasing a building can't be considered as investing in the neighborhood and a positive sign of burgeoning business, I don't know what can!
As the saying goes, “You can be part of the problem or part of the solution”, so I would like to invite all the local media to report all the wonderful and positive attributes of Glendale and Ridgewood.
I agree that the news is the news, but I also know that with great power there also comes great responsibility. There will always be a great negative ripple effect when reporting negative information, so such information must be published with great care and with a serious regard to the damage it may cause to local existing or potential businesses.
Contrary to some rumors, the business atmosphere in Glendale is alive and well and we have exciting plans to bring outdoor art exhibits and musical performances to the new Veterans Triangle (when it is completed), as well as to selected open areas of Ridgewood, like Venditti Square in cooperation with the Myrtle Avenue BID and the Ridgewood LDC.
Plus, plans are under way for monthly family attractions that will bring pedestrian traffic from all over Queens and beyond to patronize businesses in the entire area of mid-Queens. Watch for our announcements in local papers, on Facebook and on the Glendale Connection blog site.
Patricia Anne Gatt
Glendale Chamber of Commerce
P.S. The way I see it, the main problem facing businesses in Upper Glendale is the terrible lack of parking due to the prolific amount of bus stops along Myrtle Avenue and on 80th Street. I am quite sure that some of these bus stops can be consolidated to allow room for more parking to make it easier for consumers to access local businesses.