The FWCLDC's mission at formation was to activate a connection between Downtown Flushing and Willets Point. Prior to 2007, there was large discussion surrounding the future of Willets Point and its development. As such, Mrs. Shulman (President & CEO of the FWCLDC) wanted to ensure the vitality of Willets Point's neighboring community, the Downtown Flushing area. From the map, she noticed the large plot of undeveloped land along the Flushing Creek. On September 2017, after many years of planning with community leaders, private developers, and community members, the Revitalization Plan for the 40 acre Waterfront bounded by Northern Boulevard to the north, Roosevelt Avenue to the south, Prince Street to the east, and the Flushing Creek/Van Wyck Expressway to the west was completed.
Today, the FWCLDC focuses on a variety of issues facing Flushing including affordable housing, community and/or open space initiatives, aesthetics, and transportation.
Currently, we are focused on three main projects: the Flushing Waterfront BOA, the LIRR station improvements, and the planters along College Point Boulevard. For a more detailed description of our work on the aforementioned projects, please visit the links below.
PRESIDENT AND CEO
Claire Shulman is Queens’ first female borough president, a position which she held from 1986 until 2002. As the highest ranking elected official in a borough of over two million people, Mrs. Shulman had a role in a wide range of issues, including those related to land use, development of the City’s expense and capital budgets, economic development, and health care.
As Borough President, her accomplishments included: the rezoning of dozens of neighborhoods to create appropriate zoning restrictions that generated reasonable and responsible development while preserving the character of the existing neighborhoods; the economic revitalization of many communities; expansion of the Borough’s infrastructure; and increased funding for senior citizen centers, cultural programs and libraries. A project of great personal significance was the Queens Hospital Center, a $200 million complex that serves 400,000 patients annually, making it one of the largest health care providers in Queens. Mrs. Shulman was pivotal in ensuring the development and growth of a number of Queens cultural institutions like the Queens Museum of Art, the Hall of Science, the USTA National Tennis Center, the Queens Zoo, the Queens Theatre in the Park, the Museum of the Moving Image, Flushing Town Hall, PS1, the Noguchi Museum, and the South Queens Park Association. She was also largely responsible for the passage of legislation to reform the co-op/condo conversion process. Mrs. Shulman played a major role in securing funding for 35,000 additional school seats in the Board of Education’s five-year Capital Plan.
- Queens College Medal
- La Guardia Community College Medal
- Honorary Doctorate degrees from St. John’s University, Queens College, and College of Aeronautics.
- York College Foundation
- Queens County Savings Bank
- Flushing Cemetery
- New York Presbyterian Hospital in Queens