Chinatown in Flushing, Queens in New York City.

In this conversation with OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner, John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, discussed New York City’s commerce.

Choe works every day to expand opportunities and empower those who live and work in the most diverse community in the United States, and in one of the boroughs hardest hit by COVID-19. He previously served as Founding Director of the One Flushing Community Economic Development Center, Policy Director for the City Comptroller, and Chief of Staff and Legislative Director at the New York City Council for District 20. This conversation will explore how small business support and economic development are critical for the city’s recovery.


Open House New York’s Conversations on the City offers diverse perspectives on the issues defining New York’s recovery, resilience, and reopening in the aftermath of COVID-19. The series was launched at the onset of the pandemic in April 2020 amid a moment of uncertainty about the future of urban life, ultimately drawing together an audience of 10,000 over the subsequent months. Organized around a broad theme or topic, the series has a point of view: urban life brings an abiding joy. What makes cities continue to thrive, what propels them forward, is a shared need for human connection; this is what cities make possible and it will always prevail over whatever challenges may arise.