'This Is Queens' App Highlights Borough's Best Ahead of Busy Summer

By Katie Honan on June 26, 2013 11:58am 

 The tech team that designed This Is Queens show off their new app at the Billie Jean King tennis center
The tech team that designed This Is Queens show off their new app at the Billie Jean King tennis center
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NEW YORK CITY — Looking for something to do this summer? Let your phone find it for you in Queens.

The best restaurants, bars, art shows, hotels and events will be the star of a new app, designed to lure even more visitors to the city's largest borough.

The "This is Queens" app was unveiled Wednesday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, alongside members of the Empire State Development, Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Long Island City-based tech team that designed it.

"This is Queens" is being launched by the Queens Chamber of Commerce and was funded through a $100,000 grant awarded by the New York City Regional Economic Development Council.

The shiny new app comes at the start of a busy summer for the borough.

In addition to the usual summer activities, like Mets games, dips in the Astoria pool and a trip down to Rockaway Beach, Queens will host this year's MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16.

The 113th annual US Open kicks off later this summer on Aug. 26.

Both events will bring even more people on the 7 train — and hopefully to the many other things to see and do in Queens.

"Queens is obviously the largest borough, but now it fits in your pocket," said Kenneth Adams, president of the Empire State Development Corporation.

But free app isn't just targeted to tourists. It's also designed to connect residents from other parts of the city and tri-state area to the borough's rich and exciting history.

A bulk of the grant will be used on marketing in the airports, through contests and tourism partners around the city and state, said Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

It will be updated throughout the summer, Friedman said, and may include Chinese, Spanish and Korean translations in further versions.

You can download the app, available for Apple and Android phones, at ThisIsQueens.com

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