Store closures mount in Queens

July 21, 2010 12:00PM

Rep. Anthony Weiner

A total of 206 stores along Queen’s busiest commercial strips are vacant, an average of 12 percent, the Daily News reported. The stretch from 116th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard was the hardest hit street in the borough, with one out of five shops defunct, according to a recent borough-wide study commissioned by Rep. Anthony Weiner. “If you want to take the economic temperature of our city, the best thing to do is take a look at how our shopping strips are doing,” Weiner said. Weiner unveiled a five-point plan already passed by the House of Representatives that includes tax incentives and more experimental proposals, like a mobile van that would allow owners to fight citations and obtain permits without going to City Hall. The tax incentives, which still need to be passed by the Senate, would give store owners $1,000 for each employee hired and offer a separate credit if the employee receives health care. [NYDN]