Thomas Wang, Taipei Fine Wine & Liquor
by Benjamin Fang
Jan 19, 2021 | 5072 views | 0 0 comments | 772 772 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When the Department of Sanitation and business leaders toured downtown Flushing last week to better understand local garbage concerns, Thomas Wang did not hesitate to step in and pitch his own idea.

Wang, the owner of Taipei Fine Wine & Liquor on 40th Road, said the sanitation issues on the commercial corridor have been bad “for a long, long time.”

“It’s very difficult, a lot of them are restaurants. They deposit the garbage at different times,” he said. “How are we going to uniformly collect and take care of that? That’s the key to cleanliness for 40th Road.”

Wang’s solution is to convert the area by Bland Playground into a state-of-the-art garbage collection facility. Each night, each restaurant and small business will be responsible for disposing their trash at the facility.

“Obviously, we have to do something for the community first to make sure they benefit simultaneously,” Wang said. “We can put some nice landscaping around the area.”

Once the sanitation issues are resolved, the business owner’s dream is to transform 40th Road into a pedestrian walkway and a “culture street” that showcases the best that Flushing has to offer.

“Make a dome on either side of 40th Road, just like you see in many modern cities,” he said. “It’s really nice and it reflects the culture of the Asian community.”

Wang has already pitched the idea to Borough President Donovan Richards, and hopes the idea will catch on with other elected and city officials as well.

“Although financially Flushing has been rising, where it’s lagging is the cleanliness of the area,” he said. “That’s what I’d like to participate in, if I have the opportunity.

“I think if we all join together, we can make Flushing truly better,” Wang added. “Hopefully it can be done in the near future.”

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