Who We Are

2.3 million people live here. 138 languages can be heard. 125 different neighborhoods in this borough. Queens is known as the suburbs of Manhattan, an outer borough that isn’t Brooklyn, but it is much more than that. Queens is such a culturally diverse place and each neighborhood is distinct. The goal of QNSMADE is to give a voice to the people that make up this colorful borough.

QNSMADE is comprised of four major sections: Interviews with Queens natives and recent transplants (PROFILE), portraits of people in all the various Queens neighborhoods (SPOTTED), a look of all 125 different neighborhoods (HISTORY) and a directory of local Queens businesses (RESOURCES).


Photo c/o of Nadeena Portraits

About the Founder, Amy Wu

Raised in Flushing, Queens, Amy graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Graphic Design. She has worked as a print designer for five years and returned back to SVA to study Interaction Design‬. The idea behind QNSMADE came out of her Entrepreneurial Design class. She has always been interested in designing for local good and QNSMADE is a small contribution to where she has called home for 28 years and counting. She hopes that QNSMADE will shed light to all things Queens through interviews, photographs, historical context and a directory of local businesses.

A Look into the Past


2/19: QNSMADE Tumblr blog launches


3/6: Featured in The Forum newspaper, Telling the Story of Queens, Photo by Photo
3/11: Featured in DNAinfo Queens, Website Gives Look Into Queens Through Photos and Interviews With Locals


4/9: QNSMADE Kickstarter campaign launches
4/10: Featured in Queens ChronicleA Queens-made resident celebrates her roots
4/17: QNSMADE Happy Hour at Singlecut Beersmiths
4/23: QNSMADE Kickstarter successfully funded


7/4: Featured in NY1 NewsNew Website to Profile Queens Artists, Residents, Businesses
7/18: Launch of the official QNSMADE website
QNSMADE Exhibition & Launch Party at the 3rd Space of Queens Council on the Arts (QCA)
7/26-27: Vendor at LIC & Astoria Flea


9/18: Featured and participated in Next Top Makers Queens Pop Up event
9/19: Hosted a film screening of the documentary ‘My Brooklyn’ at QNS Collective‘s Cowork week with a post-film discussion with Queens Neighborhood United


10/10: Launch of the HISTORY section to the QNSMADE website in collaboration with Queenscapes.


11/4: Vendor at Time Out New York and Openhouse’s Asian Night Market

The Team

  • Amy Wu

    Founder, Creative Director

  • Tiffany Wu

    Operations, Web Director


  • Jaina Teeluck


  • Alfred Ying

    Photographer / Videographer

  • Kevin Kudic


  • Steve Vazquez


  • David Pastor