For this issue, we’ve gone knocking on the doors of dozens of thriving Queens businesses-and of enterprising individuals with a Queens connection-to find out their secrets. We asked each one the same 10 questions, about business and about life, and then we let them talk. Here’s what they had to say.
(Alphabetical Order by Last Name)
On this side of the Queensborough Bridge we take business just as seriously as those who wheel and deal on the other side of the river. As a matter of fact, some of us who live on this side wheel and deal over there.
Manhattan has the hustle and bustle of the city, but we have something it doesn’t have - tranquility.
Sure, there are times that the breakneck speed of city life is wonderful, but a short trip back home, over this bridge that links us, adds the options of sunlight, open spaces, cleaner air and some relaxation.
We can look up from most streets and see sky rather than steel. We can take a deep breath and not choke on fumes. We can have lunch in an outdoor café without the inconvenience of bike messengers and the throngs of humanity pushing past our table.
This bridge links us to our busier sister across the river, but affords us the opportunity to take a moment and enjoy ourselves.
As Paul Simon (raised in Queens himself) said in a song named for this bridge: “Slow down, you’re movin’ too fast.”
We work hard and succeed on both sides of the bridge, but our homes are in Queens, and that makes it all better. We may enjoy the speed on the far side of the bridge, but deep inside we’re all “Kickin’ down the cobblestones, lookin’ for fun and feelin’ groovy.”
Part of our secret to success is in addition to all the power and money symbolized on the other side of the bridge - it is the sheer delight and smiles on the faces of the people who call Queens home.
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