Let’s Make Downtown Sparkle

Queens Youth Justice Center (QYJC) Partnership
We are excited to announce a new partnership with one of our neighborhood nonprofits, the Queens Youth Justice Center to remove litter from our downtown. Every Saturday, starting this month, youth enrolled in workforce development programming at the Justice Center will help sweep litter from north-south cross streets bisecting Jamaica Avenue between Sutphin Boulevard and 169th Street. The youth will also remove litter from a portion of Archer Avenue. Litter collected by the youth will then be transported out of the district by our own Jamaica Center BID Clean Team (which cleans Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Boulevard to 169th Street seven days a week.) The partnership is expected to provide an additional 2,430 hours of community benefit services to Jamaica’s downtown over the next three years. You can read our joint press release with QYJC here

View the rest of our E-newsletter here!

(Photo Credit: Odathrowback Festus)

Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Grant Applications

We are happy to share that the Department of Small Business Services' phase 2 of the Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Grant applications are now open. If you are a small business or property owner in the Downtown Jamaica area who is interested in this grant opportunity, please visit the Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Application & Guidelines pages.

You can find more information about the program on the SBS website here

If interested, please direct all questions to [email protected]The deadline for this grant opportunity is September 30.

Storefront Improvement Program

Picture of Downtown Jamaica AvenueStorefronts are important to New York City neighborhoods. They house local businesses, are a visible part of the street, and define the character and feel of a community. Well-designed storefronts enhance and give identity to local businesses and encourage potential customers to walk in the door.

The Jamaica Center BID is helping the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to notify property and business owners that storefront improvement funding is available in FY2020 in Jamaica.

Administered by SBS, the Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Program provides funding to local property owners and businesses to complete exterior building renovation projects. The program reimburses up to 75% of the cost of eligible improvements with a maximum grant of $20,000 per property. Learn more here.

Jamaica Center BID Names Jennifer Furioli as New Executive Director

Executive Director, Jennifer Furioli standing with the BIDs StreetPlus worker Emiliano.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2019

Jamaica, Queens, New York City

Jamaica Center Business Improvement District Names Jennifer Furioli as New Executive Director

The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District, the BID covering the commercial area along Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Boulevard to 169th Street and Union Hall Street, has appointed Jennifer Furioli as its new Executive Director.

Ms. Furioli most recently served with the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRBID), where she was responsible for overseeing the New Rochelle Grand Market, NRBID events and external NRBID communications. Partnering closely with NRBID’s Executive Director, Jennifer also worked on placemaking initiatives and providing additional advisory to the IDEA New Rochelle (Arts and Technology district) initiative. In 2018, she was a key member of the City of New Rochelle’s Mayors Challenge team: an interdisciplinary group of New Rochelle City executives, New Rochelle BID employees and technologists from IDEA New Rochelle competing against other cities nationwide to develop innovative solutions to city problems. New Rochelle’s team was one of nine cities to win the Mayors Challenge, resulting in a $1 million dollar implementation grant for the City of New Rochelle to utilize augmented and virtual reality as a tool to increase citizen engagement in the city planning process.

Prior to joining NRBID in 2016, Jennifer worked for one of New York City’s flagship BIDs, the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District in Manhattan. While at Lincoln Square, worked on a city-wide committee to make the UWS and Lincoln Square more age friendly District, raised sponsorship dollars for Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, authored external BID communications, including, but not limited to the organization’s website, dining guide, annual reports, required City impact reports, and weekly constituent communications, and helped advocate for a newly-designed Dante Park. Her past experience also includes time at New York City’s Department of Small Business Services, which oversees the City’s network of 76 Business Improvement Districts.

“Our board is grateful to outgoing Executive Director Whitney Barrat for her leadership and service, and equally pleased to welcome Jennifer Furioli to the Jamaica Center BID,” said Board Chair Michael Hirschhorn. “More than ever, our board is committed to fostering strong community ties and partnerships with our retailers, community-based organizations, governmental entities and anchor institutions, and building a culture of organizational excellence. Jennifer is equally committed to our vision and we look forward to working with her and our many local partners to support this thriving retail and cultural hub in Jamaica.”

Ms. Furioli holds a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Language from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

“There were so many things that attracted me to this position,” stated Jennifer: I’m excited by the new development and retail that’s bringing a fresh sense of excitement to Jamaica, and also enthusiastic about the committed long-term retailers that have called Jamaica Center BID home for many years. What ultimately reeled me in was the community: the network of committed businesses, property owners, economic development, cultural, educational, governmental, and religious institutions that have invested in Jamaica for decades. My staff and I are committed to maintaining and growing those partnerships for the benefit of the Jamaica Center BID and overall Downtown Jamaica neighborhood and I can’t thank the BID’s Board of Directors enough for providing me the opportunity to serve this organization and community in the coming years.”

 

The Jamaica BID's Public Art Opportunity

The Jamaica Center Improvement Association was awarded an Active Arts Public Art Grant, and is inviting artists to submit their qualifications for consideration. The selected artist will engage with the community to produce a one-year long temporary, large-scale ground mural installation for the newly-activated Parsons Blvd. Public Space, (btw. Jamaica Avenue & Archer Avenue) in Downtown Jamaica.

Submissions of qualifications are due to the Jamaica Center BID by July 11th, 2018. Please send submissions to [email protected]
To Find Out More Download Full Artist Qualifications Profile

PRESS RELEASE: The Jamaica BID Awarded $300,000 Commercial Revitalization Grant

Retail - Downtown Jamaica

The  NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop announced $300,000 in grant funding to the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID) to provide commercial revitalization services to the Jamaica Avenue and surrounding Downtown Jamaica retail corridors.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant, which will enable us to delve in and better understand how we can be most effective in serving our commercial and residential stakeholders,” said Whitney Barrat, Jamaica Center BID’s Executive Director. “We’re so grateful to SBS for their partnership, and to have this opportunity to plan and implement programming that will truly reflect the evolving needs of our community.”

Read The Full Press Release Here

Jamaica Center BID
161-10 Jamaica Avenue - Suite 419
Jamaica, NY 11432
Email: [email protected]

Sidewalk Sale Days: May 18th thru May 20th

Jamaica Avenue SSD Promotion Pic

Shop in the #JamaicaBID district this weekend for Fab Stealz and Dealz during Sidewalk Sale Days – Friday, May 18th thru Sunday, May 20th.

The Jamaica BID Sidewalk Sale Days Program is a weekend of deals and fabulous finds on Jamaica Avenue! These are the only dates and times businesses are permitted to display merchandise outside, including hanging items from awnings and/or canopies.

Merchandise, racks, tables and /or hangers cannot extend more than three [3] feet from the building. Sidewalk Sale Days are only permitted along Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Blvd. to 169th St. including Union Hall Street.

Businesses displaying merchandise outside of Non-Sidewalk Sale Days will be ticketed, or possible confiscation of merchandise.

Permit Street Activity Program
Sanitation Approval Letter
Sidewalk Sales Day Calendar 2018

Jamaica Center BID
161-10 Jamaica Avenue – Suite 419
Jamaica, NY 11432
[email protected]

Retail Opportunity Available NOW In Jamaica BID

 

Retail - Downtown JamaicaRetail Opportunity Available NOW in Downtown Jamaica…NYC’s Hottest Destination, [Gothamist 2016]

Capstone Realty, LLC
134-01 20th Avenue
College Point, NY 11356
Phone: 718.747.6700
Available Space Location: #1: 15,000 SF Two Level Space – Location: 159-18 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
Available Space Location: #2: 26,100 SF 2nd Floor Space with 1st Floor Lobby – Location: 159-26 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 1143

Francmen Realty, LLC
141 Ayers Court Suite B
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone: 917.532.6922
Available Space Location: 89-78 165th Street - 2500 SF + Basement + Mezzanine

Abeco Management
6701 Bay Pkwy #3
Brooklyn, NY 11204
(718) 265-1200
Available Space Location: Store Front at 162nd Street  & Jamaica Avenue - Storefront 15' X '100 Square Feet

Chera Realty Group, LLC
9 Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone#: 732-996-0845
Available Space Location: Store For Rent 161st Street & Jamaica Avenue - 2400 sq. ft. and storage

For more information, please feel free to contact Jamaica BID at 718.526.2422.
 
 

Ladies' Night Done Right! Make Me Over Beauty Bar

Flyer - Make Me Over Beauty Bar Womens Celebration at Queens LibraryIn the #JamaicaBID District - Make Me Over Beauty Bar will be supporting Women's Month with Make Overs. So, come out and treat yourself to beauty tips and more. At the Queens Library March 15th. For more information, contact Make Me Over Beauty Bar.

Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11432

Sidewalk Sale Days: Fri. March 9th - Sun. March 11th

Jimmy Jazz 1Shop in the #JamaicaBID district this weekend for Fab Stealz and Dealz during Sidewalk Sale Days – Friday, March 9th thru Sunday, March 11th.

The Jamaica BID Sidewalk Sale Days Program is a weekend of deals and fabulous finds on Jamaica Avenue! These are the only dates and times businesses are permitted to display merchandise outside, including hanging items from awnings and/or canopies.

Merchandise, racks, tables and /or hangers cannot extend more than three [3] feet from the building. Sidewalk Sale Days are only permitted along Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Blvd. to 169th St. including Union Hall Street.

Businesses displaying merchandise outside of Non-Sidewalk Sale Days will be ticketed, or possible confiscation of merchandise.

Permit Street Activity Program
Approval Letter NYCDOS
Sidewalk Sales Day Calendar 2018

Event Recap: Queens Press Black History Honoree Breakfast 2018

PicMonkey Collage - Queens Press Pic 3

On Thursday,  February 22nd the PRESS of South Queens and Queens Tribune held their Annual Black History Month Awards Breakfast, at the Greater Allen AME Church, honoring five individuals who have given back to their community.

The honorees were: NYPD Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes; Darryl Towns, the regional director of government affairs for American Airlines; Roger Milliner, the deputy executive director of marketing for MetroPlus; J-CAP (Just Caring About People) and its CEO, Diane Gonzalez; and Tanya Cunningham, an executive board member for Local Union 3, IBEW.

Greater Allen AME Church
110-31 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11433

 

Raymour & Flanigans 2nd Year Anniversary

JBID Celebrates Raymour & Flanigans 2nd Year Anniversary w/Applebees, 4 Kids In Need, Erica Ford of LifeStyle Camp Inc. and NYPDs finest from Jamaica Queens 103rd Precinct

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