New Work Readiness Partnership to Enhance Downtown Jamaica

Media Contact Jamaica Center BID: Trey Jenkins
Director of Marketing and Business Services
[email protected]
718-873-2506

Media Contact Queens Youth Justice Center: Erika McSwain
Director
[email protected]
516-459-6320

For Immediate Release:

Jamaica, Queens, September 19, 2020 – Two local nonprofits, the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District “BID” and the Queens Youth Justice Center “the Justice Center”, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation, launched a new partnership today that is expected to significantly beautify the business corridor in downtown Jamaica. The partnership will deploy youth enrolled in workforce development programming at the Justice Center to downtown Jamaica where they engage in weekly community benefit projects, focusing on the north-south cross streets bisecting the Jamaica Avenue commercial corridor and a portion of Archer Avenue every Saturday for five hours for the next three years. Litter collected by the youth will then be transported out of the district by the Jamaica Center BID’s existing sanitation staff which cleans Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Boulevard to 169th Street seven days a week.

“Every year, our BID’s Clean Team sweeps away nearly 50,000 bags worth of litter from 32 block faces on Jamaica Avenue,” stated Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. “However, the side streets leading to our shopping district that aren’t covered by our BID are still filled with litter. Side streets are usually the first impression shoppers have when entering our downtown because most parking garages and subway exits are located there. Thanks to this new partnership, shoppers will experience a more pleasant retail experience right from the moment of their arrival.”

The partnership is expected to provide an additional 2,430 hours of community benefit services to Jamaica’s downtown over the next three years. Funding for the partnership comes from the Department of Probation’s Be Ready ECHOES program, a three-year grant that was awarded to the Queens Youth Justice Center through June of 2023.

As part of the partnership, Queens Youth Justice Center staff will provide participants with ongoing workforce development training to learn and gain the skills needed to obtain and maintain employment. The community benefit projects will allow participants to gain hands on experience while also help to make changes in their community.  Participants will receive a stipend as part of their engagement in programming. Erika McSwain, director at the Queens Youth Justice Center stated, “We are excited about this partnership with the Jamaica Center BID to allow our participants to gain hands on experience and an opportunity to improve the public spaces in their community. We know this is only the beginning of an exciting relationship that will push forward our goal of increasing public safety throughout the communities we serve through improving community public spaces.”

To further enhance the experience of the youth participants, the Jamaica Center BID has agreed to educate the youth about urban planning, BID and nonprofit management and community improvement careers. “If one of these participants is inspired to pursue studies or a career in the BID field after going through this program, we would be thrilled,” added Furioli. The Queens Youth Justice Center participants were able to help paint the Black Lives Matter mural on Jamaica Avenue in late July. Furioli is hoping to recruit other nonprofit and NYC agency executives to speak to the participants about their jobs, and to engage the youth in planting flowers throughout the district as well.

About the Center for Court Innovation: Queens Youth Justice Center

The Center for Court Innovation seeks to create a more effective and humane justice system. The Center has operated the Queens Youth Justice Center (QYJC) since 2007, providing a series of programs, particularly youth development programs to the entire borough of Queens. Over the past decade, QYJC has engaged young people, ages 12-18, in court-mandated programs—such as Department of Probation-funded ICM Plus mentoring program and the QUEST Alternative-to-Detention program, as well as voluntary programming, including Queens Neighborhood Youth Justice Council and Youth Court. The Center has also built strong ties to many community-based organizations, service providers, and government entities, including the New York Police Department, local schools, the Administration for Children’s Services and the Department of Probation. For more info visit www.courtinnovation.org/programs/queens-youth-justice-center.

About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities. Jamaica Center BID is the proud home to national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 400 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and play. For more info visit www.Jamaica.nyc.

City Recognizes Centennial Small Businesses Across the Five Boroughs for Their Contributions to Local Communities - SBS

City, Chambers of Commerce and Elected Officials Honor Small Businesses Operating for over 100 years

NEW YORK — On Thursday, February 27, NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop and other leaders joined together in an inaugural event to recognize ten centennial small businesses across the five boroughs and their contributions to local communities.

All five Chambers of Commerce and the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District nominated historic businesses within their boroughs for the recognition, whose original opening dates span from 1878 to 1920. Each business received Mayoral certificates of recognition honoring the legacy and longevity of these institutions and will receive free advertising on the digital LinkNYC kiosks across the City as well as a social media campaign celebrating our longstanding businesses throughout the month of May. NYC & Company, the City’s official tourism and marketing arm, is providing a one year complimentary membership to each centennial business.

The businesses being recognized are as follows:

“Small businesses are the backbone of New York City’s economy and to be able to celebrate those that have contributed to our city for over 100 years is a blessing,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “It is our priority to get businesses the support and resources they need to thrive and grow so that we can celebrate their centennial anniversaries like the businesses we celebrated today.”

"Family-run small businesses like Russ & Daughters represent the history and soul of the Lower East Side, and I am thankful for its enduring contributions to our City,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “I look forward to working with the Department of Small Business Services to fight for support and guidance to our community's small businesses so that more can achieve success.”

“We salute the NYC Department of Business Services for celebrating our city’s centennial small businesses. While some businesses have come and gone, these businesses have stood the test of time, said Linda Baran, President & CEO, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. “Family owned businesses like Holtermann’s Bakery and Supreme Chocolatier are staples in Staten Island and truly add to the fabric of our diverse neighborhoods. We wish all of today’s honorees continued success.”

“Our Chamber is celebrating its centennial year, so we’re excited to be in such great company,” said Jessica Walker, President and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. “These legacy businesses add to New York’s charm and contribute to making their neighborhoods places where people want to live, work and visit.”

“We love celebrating the rich history of our small businesses in Brooklyn,” said Randy Peers, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “Sahadi’s and Deno’s Wonder Wheel have both had a deep-rooted positive impact on our communities and Russ & Daughters recently expanded to Brooklyn. These multi-generational companies exemplify how critical local business is to create and grow vibrant neighborhoods by investing for the long-term.”

“Bellitte Bikes is the true definition of a small business and has been a go to for bicycle enthusiasts throughout NYC’s great history, said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District. “The charm and customer service that existed in 1918 when Bellitte’s first opened still exists today when you visit the shop. We are proud to nominate Bellitte Bikes for recognition for over 100 years of business in Downtown Jamaica and the contributions the shop has made to our community and the City of New York.”

“We are pleased to join Small Business Services in celebrating the longevity of these legacy businesses and their contributions to our city,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are happy to share their amazing stories with travelers and New Yorkers.”

About the Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
SBS helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building vibrant neighborhoods across the five boroughs. For more information, visit nyc.gov/sbs, call 311, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Jamaica Center Celebrates The Holidays, Saturday, December 14

Media Contact:
TYRA EMERSON (718) 526-8700
TREY JENKINS (718) 873-2506

For Immediate Release:

Jamaica, Queens, December 10, 2019 - Cultural Collaborative Jamaica (CCJ) and the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (JBID), in collaboration with several community stakeholders and businesses, will celebrate the beginning of the Holiday season in Jamaica Center with Holidays On the Avenue. CCJ’s annual community celebration of the Holidays, will be even bigger with contests, children's holiday workshops, gifts, and giveaways, culminating with the annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony in Rufus King Park. All are invited to attend.

On the same day, the Jamaica Center BID will reveal its new lighthearted shopping campaign targeted towards shoppers who have yet to complete their holiday purchases, aptly titled: “Procrastination Station”. From December 14-24 Jamaica Center BID will offer a slew of shopping support services crafted specifically with procrastinators in mind.

Saturday, December 14 Activities:

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Downtown Jamaica’s seasonal fun kicks-off with live music all along the avenue from the brass band, Underground Horns and a Snowman Meet n’ Greet (Parsons Public Space). Area shoppers will be able to also snap a selfie in front the Ugly Sweater Selfie Station (159-26 Jamaica Ave) for a chance to win a prize.

2:00 – 5:00 PM Bring the kids for an amazing time of laughter, fun activities, refreshments and valued holiday traditions at the Children’s Holiday Workshops (Grace Episcopal Church, 155-24 90th Ave. & Parsons Blvd.) Create Holiday Pomander Ornaments with King Manor Museum, Readings & Book giveaways, with South Jamaica Reads and Face Painting with Queens Public Library, Make your own Holiday Crafts with the Dept. of Parks & Recreation and see a special holiday dance performance by the Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA). Adults will make a Vision Board for 2020. Holiday Raffles.

Santa Claus and the DEAR Mascot will be giving out gifts so register early. Parents wishing to receive a gift for their child; ages 1-13 yrs. must register in advance at
HolidaysontheAvenue2019.eventbrite.com or call (718) 526-8700. Child must be present to receive a gift from Santa Claus. Gifts are available on a first come first serve basis!
6:00 PM CCJ’s Annual Holiday Community Tree Lighting, Featuring Robbie Nova with songs from his Christmas Album on Spotify, Rufus King Park, (front entrance) Jamaica Ave. & 153rd Street. Robbie Nova, Songwriter, Producer.

Procrastination Station:
In addition to the activities occurring on the 14th , Downtown Jamaica will offer relief for last minute holiday shoppers who are delayed in checking items off their gift list. Customers shopping or dining at any business on Jamaica Avenue from the 15th – 24th eligible to win one of 10 Jamaica Ave Seasonal Swag Bags packed with fun winter surprises and a gift card for extra shopping on the Avenue. Jamaica Center BID will also post a curated list of last-minute gift ideas available for purchase locally on its social accounts, and an “ultimate hour shopping directory” listing stores with extended hours during the holiday season.

Tyra Emerson, Executive Director of Cultural Collaborative Jamaica: We are excited to see how Holidays on the Avenue has grown each year with the help from several community stakeholders and businesses (listed below) to support this community event. Each year we look forward to lighting the Tree in Rufus King park for all the community to enjoy that kicks off the official Holiday in Southeast Queens.

Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of Jamaica Center BID: “CCJ has spearheaded a wonderful community tradition for years with its Children’s Holiday Workshops and Annual Tree Lighting. Jamaica Center BID is excited to participate in the tree lighting once again AND to bookmark this exceptional community event with additional entertainment on the 14th and fun shopping promotions lasting through the 25th via our new Procrastination Station last minute shopping campaign!”

The Holiday events are brought to you by Cultural Collaborative Jamaica (CCJ), Jamaica Business Improvement District, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Friends of Rufus King Park, Grace Episcopal Church, King Manor Museum, Jamaica Reads, Dept. of Parks & Recreation, Queens Public Library, Casel Captures, Fresh & Healthy.

We would like to thank our legislators for their support; Hon.Council Members I. Daneek Miller, Rory I. Lancman, Adrian Adams, NYS Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblywomen Alicia Hyman and Vivian Cook.

Special thanks to the following participating Businesses for their donations; Fresh & Healthy, Affinity Health Care, GB Sneakers, Diamond Braces, Healthfirst and Kimberly Vasser in loving memory of Jeffrey Hiers.

About Cultural Collaborative Jamaica (CCJ) Cultural Collaborative Jamaica (CCJ) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unite cultural organizations, artists, local businesses, and the community in efforts to strengthen community and economic development in Jamaica, Queens. Since its inception, CCJ has successfully created and managed a wide collaborative program that support its members and greatly impact community knowledge of and access to local cultural offerings, services and tourism opportunities. www.go2ccj.org.

About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities. Jamaica Center BID is the proud home to national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 400 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and play. For more info visit w ww.Jamaica.nyc.

Jamaica Center BID Celebrates 40 Years at Their Annual Meeting

Jamaica Center BID
161-10 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 419, Jamaica, NY 11432
Jamaica.nyc

Media Contact:
Trey Jenkins
Director of Marketing and Business Services
[email protected]
718-873-2506

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JAMAICA CENTER BID CELEBRATES 40 YEARS AT THEIR ANNUAL MEETING

Jamaica, Queens, November 7, 2019 – The Jamaica Center BID celebrated their 40th annual meeting today at the Harvest Room located inside the Jamaica Market in Downtown Jamaica. Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), and Queens Borough President and Queen’s recently-elected District Attorney Melinda Katz were the keynote speakers for this special event. Senator Leroy Comrie and Council Member Rory Lancman also provided remarks.

Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID, Jennifer Furioli, highlighted the successes of the BID over the past year including the BID completing their first year in SBS’s Avenue NYC Program, which grants of up to $100,000 per year over three years to nonprofit organizations. Jennifer also spoke about the brand-new family events that the BID has created, Family Fun on the Ave and Trick or Treat on the Ave, along with the BID’s continued outreach to businesses on Jamaica Avenue both in-person and through special technical assistance programs.

Jamaica Center BID’s staff continues to work with businesses that are new to the Downtown Jamaica community and also those that are institutions for the community. The BID has continued to expand its outreach and partnership with many local community organizations like the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), Cultural Collaborative Jamaica, King Manor Museum, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and Community Board 12. “I want to thank our property owners, merchants, and community members for calling us when you need help with issues related to the Jamaica Avenue Commercial Corridor. It’s our job to help you: keep those calls coming,” said Jennifer Furioli. “Our terrific team, Trey, Fred and Jahnavi are hardworking and at the ready. They really care about this area and their work and are ready to assist.”

The Annual Meeting concluded by honoring long time board member Rose Boord who was attending her last official meeting as a board member.

Jamaica Center BID also acknowledged local citizens who have made an impact on Jamaica Avenue: Roy Fox caretaker of the historic King Manor Museum in Rufus King Park who just celebrated his 30th Anniversary in this role, and Antonio Escamilla, a member of the BID’s Clean team which keeps Jamaica Avenue spotless. Antonio is one of the supervisors for the Clean Team and has served Jamaica Avenue for four years. In the past year, the BID spent 18,756 hours on sanitation-related issues, removing 47,245 bags of trash from the 101 trash receptacles on Jamaica Avenue and cleaning up 20,352 incidents of graffiti, stickers, and illegally-posted bills.

To learn more about the Jamaica Center BID and stay up-to-date on all happenings on Jamaica Avenue, make sure to visit www.Jamaica.nyc, sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities. Jamaica Center BID is the proud home to national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 400 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and play. For more info visit www.Jamaica.nyc.

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Jamaica Center BID Debuts New Family Halloween Event: Trick or Treat on the Ave

Jamaica Center BID
161-10 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 419, Jamaica, NY 11432
Jamaica.nyc

Media Contact:
Trey Jenkins
Director of Marketing and Business Services
[email protected]
718-873-2506

For Immediate Release:

JAMAICA CENTER BID DEBUTS NEW FAMILY HALLOWEEN EVENT: TRICK OR TREAT ON THE AVE

Jamaica, Queens, October 23, 2019 – The Jamaica Center BID will host their first ever Trick or Treat on the Ave event this Saturday, October 26 from Noon to 3 p.m. at Rufus King Park in front of King Manor Museum (Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Streets).

The BID will provide free entertainment in Rufus King Park ranging from a bubble artist to life-sized games, a trick or treat bag design station, a temporary Halloween tattoo “parlor”, crafts, and a fall themed photo booth.

On top of the free fun in the park, participating businesses on Jamaica Avenue will hand out treats to families who stop by their storefronts during the event. Families who make a purchase at each of the participating stores can also have their BID-issued trick or treat map stamped, allowing them to enter a raffle to win Jamaica Center BID swag.

“We wanted to bring something different to Jamaica Avenue this fall,” said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. “Our summer’s two Family Fun on the Ave Weekend Walks festivals were a huge success and both families and businesses asked us to continue with more events. Trick or Treat on the Ave will provide a safe and fun Halloween experience for all and give our local business community and neighborhood organizations the opportunity to reach out to our local families.”

Sidewalk Sales Days will also take place at various stores the same day, allowing those attending Trick or Treat on the Ave to score a bargain in addition to the Halloween fun.

Trick or Treat on the Ave Participating Businesses:

In addition to the above businesses the following community organizations will be participating at Rufus King Park for Trick or Treat on the Ave: King Manor Museum,
Blink Fitness, Council Member I. Daneek Miller’s Office, Cultural Collaborative Jamaica, Helium Image, NYC Department of Education, Queens Community House, the U.S. Census Bureau and Sheltering Arms. To learn more about the Jamaica Center BID and stay up-to-date on all happenings on Jamaica Avenue, make sure to visit www.Jamaica.nyc, sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities. Jamaica Center
BID is the proud home to national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 400 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and play. For more info visit www.Jamaica.nyc.

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Jamaica Center BID Brings Family Fun Back to Jamaica Avenue This Summer

Jamaica Center BID
161-10 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 419, Jamaica, NY 11432
Jamaica.nyc

Media Contact:
Trey Jenkins
Director of Marketing and Business Services
[email protected]
718-873-2506

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JAMAICA CENTER BID BRINGS FAMILY FUN TO BACK TO JAMAICA AVENUE THIS SUMMER

Jamaica, Queens, August 16, 2019 – The Jamaica Center BID will host their second Weekend Walks event this summer, “Family Fun on the Ave”, this Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 162nd Street.

Weekend Walks, a NYC Department of Transportation initiative, are multi-block, multi-day events on commercial corridors that promote the use of streets as public space and highlight local cultural institutions, businesses, and neighborhood resources. Community organizations are invited to apply for Weekend Walks funding.

On Saturday, all vehicle traffic will be diverted off of Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 162nd Street allowing the street to be transformed into a unique playground with plenty to do for all ages. The day’s entertainment will include a musical performance by the Afro-Latineers, Edge School of the Arts featuring Omar Edwards and a musical educational performance by Miss Keila’s Jukebox. The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will provide art workshops throughout the day in the event footprint.

Jamaica Center BID’s Family Fun on the Ave will also include free face-painting, a variety of games ranging from giant Jenga to huge checkers, the schoolyard favorite: double dutch jump-roping, and a coloring area where adults and children alike can enjoy the relaxing activity of coloring using a selection of quirky and cute coloring books. The Uni Project will be in attendance providing children of all ages an interactive learning experience.

“We are excited to bring Family Fun on the Avenue back to Jamaica this weekend,” said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. “July’s event was a hit and we are grateful to NYC DOT for the Weekend Walks Grant funding, which allows for this unique placemaking experience bringing neighbors together to create summer memories while attracting additional foot traffic to local business.”

The Jamaica Center BID decided to coordinate “Family Fun on the Avenue” after merchants, shoppers, and residents revealed in a recent market study that they would like more family-friendly community events in Jamaica. In addition to the event this Saturday, the Ave will also have Sidewalk Sales Days at various stores for shoppers that will be out.
To learn more about the Jamaica Center BID and stay up-to-date on all happenings on Jamaica Avenue, make sure to visit www.Jamaica.nyc, sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities. Jamaica Center BID is the proud home to national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 400 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and play. For more info visit www.Jamaica.nyc.

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Jamaica Center BID Brings Family Fun to Jamaica Avenue

Jamaica Center BID
161-10 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 419, Jamaica, NY 11432
Jamaica.nyc

Media Contact:
Trey Jenkins
Director of Marketing and Business Services
[email protected]
718-873-2506

For Immediate Release:

Jamaica, Queens, July 9, 2019 – The Jamaica Center BID will host their very first ever Weekend Walks event, “Family Fun on the Ave”, this Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 162nd Street.

Weekend Walks, a NYC Department of Transportation initiative, are multi-block, multi-day events on commercial corridors that promote the use of streets as public space and highlight local cultural institutions, businesses, and neighborhood resources. Community organizations are invited to apply for Weekend Walks funding.

On Saturday, all vehicle traffic will be diverted off of Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 162nd Street allowing the street to be transformed into a unique playground with plenty to do for all ages. The day’s entertainment will include a bubble art performance by Chris Catanese, better known as “Bubbledad”, and a hands-on history activity courtesy of King Manor Museum. The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will provide a hip-hop class to kick off the event at 11:15 a.m. and will showcase jazz performer Napoleon Revels-Bey at 1 p.m., who will be participating in their Downtown Jamaica Jazz Festival also happening the same weekend. Jamaica Center BID’s Family Fun on the Ave will also include free face-painting, a variety of games ranging from giant Jenga to huge checkers, the schoolyard favorite: double dutch jump-roping, and a coloring area where adults and children alike can enjoy the relaxing activity of coloring using a selection of quirky and cute coloring books.

“The Jamaica Center BID is excited to bring a new event under the BID’s umbrella to the Downtown Jamaica community,” said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. “We hope this can become a yearly summer tradition for the BID’s programming as we continue to explore new ways to engage the Downtown Jamaica community and create a sense of place in our vibrant business district.”

The Jamaica Center BID decided to coordinate “Family Fun on the Avenue” after merchants, shoppers, and residents revealed in a recent market study that they would like more family-friendly community events in Jamaica.

In addition to this weekend’s event, the BID will also host a second Family Fun on the Ave on Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To learn more about the Jamaica Center BID and stay up-to-date on all happenings on Jamaica Avenue, make sure to visit www.Jamaica.nyc, sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @jamcenterbid.

About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities. Jamaica Center BID is the proud home to national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 400 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and play. For more info visit www.Jamaica.nyc.

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

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April 29, 2019


Jamaica, Queens, New York City - The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District, the BID covering the commercial area along Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Boulevard to 168th 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.”

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Queens Council On The Arts Launches Its First Public Art Project In Jamaica and Jackson Heights

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MAY 25, 2018
Contact: Marissa Lazar [email protected]

Queens Council On The Arts Launches Its First Public Art Project In Jamaica and Jackson Heights

[Queens, New York, May 25] Furthering their commitment to the Queens art community, Queens Council On The Arts will offer 8 Queens based artists the opportunity to create temporary public artworks throughout Jamaica and Jackson Heights.

The new program, ArtSite, will award 8 artists with a commission of $4,500 each to create temporary public art in these communities, ranging anywhere from murals to performances, that illuminate the different ways art can transform a community. A key goal of ArtSite is to empower artists to engage on a local level, understanding that they can be a catalyst for change. QCA, along with its partners, the Jamaica Center BID in Jamaica and the 82nd street Partnership in Jackson Heights, seek to create a self sustaining supportive art culture in these communities.

“Public Art socially connects the community, and is a reflection of who, and what the community stands for. Bringing Public Art to Downtown Jamaica, will boost the authentic, vibrant and unique district of Downtown Jamaica.” – Valerie Stevens, Director of Business Services, Jamaica Center BID

QCA invites Queens based artists to submit an application through the online portal Submittable.com that highlights the artist’s past work and connection to the area. The review panel will consist of city agency representatives, the partner BIDs, and local arts administrators from Jamaica and Jackson Heights. The work of the commissioned artists will be featured in various sites, such as empty storefronts, store walls, plazas, and parks throughout Jamaica and Jackson Heights. These installations will occur or be exhibited between November 2018 and March 2019.

"Art makes life worth living! That's why I am delighted that these public art installations will soon come to Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Projects like these financially empower local artists and make our public spaces more inviting and engaging. I thank the Queens Council on the Arts and the 82nd Street Partnership for launching this initiative.” - NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm

Artist application deadline: June 20

“Art can be a powerful force. It can inspire its viewers, promote self-examination and catharsis or it can shine a spotlight on a community, it’s mores, achievements and shortcomings. In places like New York City, frenetic and bustling, art installations don’t just provide something that’s visually pleasant but offer a momentary reprieve from the daily grind.” - Council Member Francisco Moya


For more information visit the QCA website, www.queenscouncilarts.org/artsite, or contact
Marissa Lazar, the Public Art Coordinator, [email protected].

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JBID Awarded $300,000 AveNYC Commercial Revitalization Grant

For Immediate Release
May 21, 2018
Contact: Whitney Barrat, [email protected]

CITY AWARDS GRANT TO JAMAICA CENTER BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT TO FUND COMMERCIAL REVITALIZATION PROJECTS IN DOWNTOWN JAMAICA, QUEENS

New York – 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. The grant, which is part of SBS’ Avenue NYC initiative, will help strengthen organizational capacity to carry out locally-tailored projects targeting the small businesses and residents of Jamaica Center. This grant award will allow the Jamaica Center BID to hire a full-time program manager, conduct an in-depth district needs assessment, and execute commercial revitalization programming for several years. This grant award is part of SBS’ larger announcement of a total of $1.17 million in grants to community-based development organizations (CBDOs) through its Avenue NYC initiative.

“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.”

“As New Yorkers, we take great pride in our neighborhoods, which is why the City is committed to empowering community-based organizations to strengthen and preserve their neighborhoods,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “With these new multi-year awards, we’ve taken this commitment to the next level by funding valuable commercial revitalization projects for up to three years.”

This is the first year that Avenue NYC is awarding larger, multi-year program grants that will help to further develop CBDOs understanding of their local commercial district needs and allow them to create more impactful commercial revitalization projects.

About Avenue NYC SBS’ Avenue NYC program is a competitive grant program that funds and builds the capacity of community-based development organizations (CBDOs), including business improvement districts (BIDs), local development corporations (LDCs), merchants associations, and other non-profit organizations, operating in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods to execute commercial revitalization initiatives. Avenue NYC is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. More information on Avenue NYC can be found at nyc.gov/avenuenyc.

About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities, Jamaica Center BID is the proud home to more than 35 national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 300 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and visit.

About NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) SBS helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building vibrant neighborhoods across the five boroughs. For more information on all SBS services, go to nyc.gov/sbs, call 311, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information, please contact: Whitney Barrat, Executive Director Jamaica Center BID
718.873.2507, or email [email protected]

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