Procrastination Station!

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 by

Relief for last-minute holiday shoppers!

Delayed in your Holiday Shopping? We’re here to help! We’ve all been guilty of procrastinating at one time or another. If you didn’t get around to shop for your Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza or Festivus celebrations yet, no matter! Jamaica Center BID is a safe space for last-minute holiday shoppers. From December 14-25 we are offering a slew of shopping support services crafted specifically with procrastinators in mind!
Procrastinator Bonus Bags: Sunday, December 15 – 24 (All Day Long):
Shop or dine at any business on Jamaica Avenue* from the 15th – 24th and YOU just might be the lucky person handed a Jamaica Avenue Seasonal Swag Bag packed with fun winter surprises and a gift card for extra shopping on the Ave! In this case, procrastinating pays off! 
*Bonus bag promotion applies within BID boundaries of Jamaica Ave from 169th to Sutphin Ave and Union Hall between Jamaica Ave and Archer. One bag will be given to a randomly-selected local shopper daily.
Ugly Sweater Selfie Jam:
Visit our two Ugly Sweater selfie stations at 159-26 Jamaica Avenue and show us your ugly sweater game. Snap a pic, then post to social media tagging @jamcenterbid on Instagram or Jamaica Avenue on Facebook with hashtag #UglySweaterJam. In early January we’ll post all ugly sweaters on our Instagram story soliciting votes for the best pic. The winner gets a $50 gift card for even more shopping on Jamaica Avenue! What a great way to start the new year!
Last-Minute Gift Ideas:
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook. From December 14 -23 we will be posting a curated list of gifts you can purchase on the Ave!
Ultimate Hour Shopping Directory:
Alright. You’re really pushing it with the belated shopping aren’t you? Download our promotional flyer with a listing of stores open on the 24th to meet your *truly* last-minute needs.

Trick or Treat on the Ave!

Friday, 11 October 2019 by

We’re celebrating Halloween on the Avenue with a new special event on Saturday, October 26 at Rufus King Park (150-29 Jamaica Avenue) with a variety of FREE family fun activities including music, arts and crafts! Afterward, be sure to support local businesses for FREE treats and shop while you’re there. Costumes are encouraged! Please help spread the word!


Schedule of Events for
Family Fun on the Ave – Saturday, August 17

The following free activities will take place the entire time of Family Fun on the Ave (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.):

  • Games on the Street – Connect Four, Giant Jenga, Hula Hoops, Giant Checkers, Jump Rope, Badminton
  • Coloring Area – A variety of coloring books and pages for kids and adults
  • Mini Golf – Three holes of mini-golf on the street
  • Face Painters – Two face painters (shared tent – 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • Bricks 4 Kidz – Educational Program
  • Hands-on History – King Manor Museum
  • A Variety of Community Organization Tables 
  • The Uni Project

Noon – 1 p.m. 

  • Afro-Latineers performance on the main stage in front of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning location and the Chase Building

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

  • Edge School of the Arts presents Omar Edwards on the main stage in front of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning location and the Chase Building

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Miss Keila’s Jukebox Music performance on the main stage in front of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning location and the Chase Building

Family Fun on the Ave!

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 by
Weekend Walks returns to Downtown Jamaica Saturday, August 17 on Jamaica Avenue (Parsons to 162nd Street) as the Jamaica Center BID enlivens the street with games and activities for kids and families.
Slated activities will include a music performance from the Afro-Latineers, a dance performance tap from Omar Edwards, Miss Keila’s Jukebox Music, life-sized games, a mini-golf course, a kids’ corner (including hands-on science and reading activities via the Uni Project), community vendors and plenty of movable tables and chairs for lingering.
Did you miss our first Family Fun on the Ave event on July 13? If so here is a photo gallery of the event and a taste of what to expect on August 17!