From the Daily News:
The all-time Kings of Queens will soon have a throne.
Plans are nearing fruition for a Queens Hall of Fame, with events and exhibits honoring the most accomplished actors, musicians and athletes in borough history, Queens News has learned.
Borough President Helen Marshall is partnering with local business groups on the ambitious venture - set to start next year with an induction ceremony and museum-like displays across Queens.
Organizers said the project will rely heavily on research from two Queens News series on significant sites without city landmark status or historical markers, including the ongoing Queens Heritage Quest articles.
They hope to run the inaugural induction gala in May in conjunction with a festival - perhaps titled "Queens Week" - designed to lure tourists to events at parks, libraries and other borough spots.
By calling attention to Queens' undervalued history, the hall's planners seek to generate civic pride among residents. They also want to attract outsiders to the borough and pump cash into local hotels, eateries and shops.
"We don't do anything in this borough to distinguish ourselves as a destination point," said Jack Friedman of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, which is collaborating on the project.
It's not a "destination point". It's where people live and work. Maybe if you folks got that through your thick heads, quality of life would be a lot better in this town.