From the Daily News:
Long Island City writer Nancy Verma is overhauling her popular local blog — and it’s more than a superficial redesign.
Because liQcity.com continues to attract more neighborhood readers, Verma, 36, said the time has come for her to take a more active role in local issues — and that’s why she is turning her blog into a nonprofit group.
Verma has lived in the neighborhood for seven years and worked as a real estate consultant. She launched the blog in response to the area’s rapid development.
“I had never seen my environment transform so dramatically before my eyes,” she said. “There was really a demand for information.”
She now has more than 20,000 monthly visitors to her site and posts often spark lengthy debates in the comment section.
With her new project, she wants to keep a revamped version of the blog active but also directly advocate for responsible development and partner with local businesses, artists and civic leaders.
With her nonprofit status, she’ll be able to apply for grants and access new resources.