Queens Real Estate Conference Disrupted by Protesters
Some hundred bankers, investors, developers, and other people intent on making money in Queens real estate had gathered together for a breakfast conference at the Gantry Loft, a restaurant in Long Island City.
When Maria Torres-Springer, head of the new York Economic Development Corporation took the podium, she barely had time to celebrate the mixed-use waterfront projects catalyzing growth in Queens before she was interrupted by protesters who had infiltrated the audience in business-breakfast drag. "That's not true!" one woman in the second row shouted. "Working families cannot stay here! From Ridgewood to Corona, Queens is not for sale!" Further back, another woman stood up, and a third: "From L.I.C. to Flushing, Queens is not for sale!"
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