From the Times Ledger:
The Flushing Chamber of Commerce and Business Association announced last week it will dissolve after decades of operating in the community.
Myra Baird Herce, co-president of the association, made the announcement Friday, citing the changing demographics of the Flushing area and the emergence of a host of new business organizations that cater to the community.
The chamber was first established in 1928, and advocated on behalf of the business community to promote economic development in the neighborhood, according to Herce.
The chamber has pushed for the restoration of the RKO Keith’s Theatre on Main Street in downtown as well as the transformation of Municipal Parking Lot No. 1 into some sort of commercial center.
While issues with the projects have been ongoing, in recent years the chamber has been sapped of its core strength.
The other two co-presidents had left the chamber: Jack Hogan died about two years ago and Richard Gelman moved out of the state.
That left Herce to hold meetings and attending various hearings to speak on behalf of the community.
In its heyday its meetings would be packed with people from all over northeast Queens, according to Frank Macchio, a developer who also sits on Community Board 7.