HISTORIC LANDMARK CLOCK RETURNS TO JAMAICA AVENUE

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HISTORIC LANDMARK CLOCK RETURNS TO JAMAICA AVENUE

Herculean restoration effort by community groups and Electeds brings old-world charm to Downtown Jamaica

Jamaica, Queens (December 13, 2021) – The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (JBID) and the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) celebrated the completed restoration of the historic, century-old Jamaica Street clock on the corner of Union Hall Street and Jamaica Avenue in downtown Jamaica, Queens.

The Jamaica Avenue street clock was removed from its longstanding spot in early June and transported to Medfield, Massachusetts where the Electric Time Company, a company specializing in the restoration of antique street clocks, repaired the rusty base, post and dented head, restored the double face to a style closer to the original when first erected, and inserted new electronic mechanisms to propel the hands. The clock will be able to reset itself for daylight savings time without regular servicing. Funds for the project were provided by District 27 Council Member I. Daneek Miller and New York City’s Department of Small Business Services. Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and the Jamaica Center BID fundraised for and managed the project, while the nonprofit Save America’s Clocks provided horological expertise and technical assistance.

It was discovered during the restoration that the timepiece on Jamaica Avenue - which was created more than 100 years ago - is the only remaining sidewalk clock in New York City made by the Self-Winding Clock Company, a major manufacturer of electromechanical clocks founded in 1886 that closed its doors in the 1970’s.

“The clock hadn’t worked for many years. The face was grimy and covered in stickers and the door to the mechanical section was held together with duct tape,” said Jennifer Furioli of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District. “I hadn’t been in my seat as Director of the BID more than a couple of weeks before I started receiving regular inquiries about the clock and whether our organization could do something about it. Ultimately this became 100 percent a community and team effort—without the construction management savvy of GJDC, technical expertise of Save America’s Clocks and both funding and specialized guidance from NYC SBS and our local Council Member I. Daneek Miller’s office, we wouldn’t have been able to bring this to the finish line.”

“While it took a village to restore this piece of Jamaica and American history, we are here today due to the tenacity of the late Thomas Crater who was the most vocal and well-known advocate for our neighborhood," said Justin Rodgers, interim president and CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. “Tom felt this clock was symbolic of the area — if no one cares to fix the clock, no one cares to fix Jamaica. All the people involved with the restoration proves that Jamaica is in the hands of caring stewards and stakeholders.”

“The successful efforts of all involved with the restoration of the landmarked Jamaica Avenue clocks is a perfect example of the mission of Save America's Clocks:  A community-based project drawing attention to our neglected history and landscape,” said Tom Bernardin, founder and president of Save America’s Clocks. “We are proud to have been helpful in your endeavor.  We salute all involved.  May the clock stand proud for many years.”

About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District

Founded at the Jamaica Center Improvement Association, Inc 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. To learn more and stay up-to-date on all happenings on Jamaica Avenue make sure to visit www.jamaica.nyc or follow JBID on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @jamcenterbid.

About Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

Formed in 1967, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation is a community-building organization that plans, promotes, coordinates and advances responsible development to revitalize Jamaica, Queens, and strengthen the region. Marshalling the resources of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, GJDC’s mission is to foster affordable residential density, attract investment in amenities that enliven downtown, and accelerate entrepreneurship and creation of quality jobs.

About Save America’s Clocks

Save America’s clocks is a national preservation organization and a certified 501(c) (3) not-for-profit dedicated to locating, inventorying and assisting in the preservation and maintenance of all of America's public clocks, including street (post), tower and church and digital clocks. Other New York City clocks designated as Save America’s Clocks projects include the Yorkville Clock and the Clock at 346 Broadway (Manhattan), the clock at 495 Flatbush (Brooklyn) and the Steinway Clock in Queens. Visit www.clocks.org for more information.

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SEASONAL SURPRISES TO ENLIVEN JAMAICA AVENUE THIS SATURDAY AND NEXT

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Trey Jenkins
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718-873-2506

For Immediate Release:

SEASONAL SURPRISES TO ENLIVEN JAMAICA AVENUE THIS SATURDAY AND NEXT

Jamaica, Queens, December 3, 2021 – Seasonal Surprises will enliven the sidewalks of Jamaica Avenue this Saturday (December 4th) and next (December 11th) when the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District presents its ‘Tis the Season holiday shopping promotion.

Designed to entice shoppers to “Get your holiday shopping done, while having fun!” ‘Tis the Season will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each Saturday and will involve free outdoor entertainment, in-store discounts, and surprise goodies and giveaways throughout the downtown Jamaica corridor.

Slated entertainment on both weekends will involve a drop-off location at Parsons Public Space (Parsons and Jamaica Avenue) where children (and still-believing adults!) can submit their letters to Santa--to be safely delivered to the North Pole by the NYPD; character photos with “Jammy the Snowman” and his trusty friend Mr. Penguin; free hot chocolate (while supplies last) at the new Avenue NYC Café located in the Jamaica Market at 90-40 160th St; discounts ranging from 10 to 20 percent at 13 retailers and restaurants; free giveaways distributed by volunteers along the Avenue; and hands-on art and crafts activities presented by a local artist Shanice Figeroux and the Home Depot. King Manor Museum, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, and Edge School of the Arts will host drop-in activities on both Saturdays.

Additionally, the following special entertainment is slated for the following days:

Saturday, December 4th:

Saturday, December 11th:

The festivities will end when Cultural Collaborative Jamaica, another key community partner, lights their Annual Holiday tree at Rufus King Park at dusk on the 11th. More information on Cultural Collaborative Jamaica’s holiday tree lighting can be found at Cultural Collaborative Jamaica’s Instagram @culturalcollab.

“Last year was a terrible year for businesses, and consumers became more oriented than ever towards shopping online due to the pandemic. This year we wanted to do something special to encourage our customers to return to holiday shopping in our local downtown Jamaica, re-engage with their neighbors and support our local economy. A seasonal celebration for all, but a safe one that is spread out and mostly outdoors allowing for social distancing, seemed like the right way to go,” said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. “We decided to amplify existing promotions and events that our friends at JCAL, King Manor and Cultural Collaborative were already doing, while adding a little seasonal panache of our own through additional giveaways and pop-up al fresco sidewalk entertainment.”

‘Tis the Season was made possible by a business support grant from the JFK International Air Terminal. If successful, it is something the BID hopes to repeat and grow in the future.

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

Jamaica Center Business Improvement District Holds Their 42nd Annual Meeting

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JAMAICA CENTER BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT HOLDS THEIR 42nd ANNUAL MEETING 

Jamaica, Queens, November 9, 2021 – The Jamaica Center BID celebrated their 42nd annual meeting today in a now familiar setting, via Zoom! 

Adam Behnke, Chief Business Officer at Queensboro FC, was the keynote speaker for this special event. He spoke about the plans of the team to build a stadium on the York College campus and the expected influx of new customers it would bring on game days to downtown businesses. Outgoing District 27 Council Member I. Daneek Miller, the Queens Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Thomas Gretch, and the BID’s own Clean Team sanitation member Froylan Tehuitzil all received an honorary certificate from the BID for their unique contributions to downtown Jamaica and the business community. 

Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID, Jennifer Furioli, provided a programmatic update on behalf of the Business Improvement District. In addition to contributing 16,923 hours of sanitation work in FY21, the BID removed 31,247 instances of graffiti from storefronts and public fixtures downtown, an increase of 37% from the year prior. The BID also supplemented the cleanliness of downtown by partnering with local civic groups and other businesses to tidy side streets and public spaces not included within the BID’s boundaries, but immediately adjacent. Abuela Neighborhood Maintenance, Friends of Rufus King Park, Cultural Collaborative Jamaica, SE Queens Cleanup, Lindon Studios and Cambria Heights Florist were all groups or businesses the BID partnered with in the last year for additional “cleaning and greening.” At the Annual Meeting, the BID also announced a new partnership with City Clean Up Corps to do a series of additional “side street cleanups” on weekends from December to mid-January. 

In addition to cleaning the downtown, the BID reported that it continued working to beautify the area, noting tree plantings and refurbishment of several tree pits that had occurred in the past year thanks to funding from Council Member Gennaro (District 24), expertise and implementation from the NYC Horticultural Society, and supplementary flower plantings paid for by the JFK International Air Terminal. The BID, in partnership with the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and Save America’s Clocks also made progress restoring the historic street clock at the corner of Union Hall and Jamaica Avenue. The clock, which was removed in June for a complete restoration and repair after years of neglect, is expected to be returned to its rightful place by calendar year’s end. Council Member Miller and the Department of Small Business Services paid for the project. 

On the business support front, the BID continues to focus on the success of a key program that was introduced to the downtown Jamaica community last year in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, JBID-Alerts!, a cell phone notification program where the BID can rapidly notify businesses or property owners if there is a district-wide emergency on Jamaica Avenue or if timely Coronavirus news affecting businesses is released. Over the past year, participation in JBID-Alerts! grew by 22%. After Hurricane Ida, with the help of JBID-Alerts!, the BID was able to immediately send special emergency recovery and grant information into the hands of 124 businesses and quickly poll the business community on damage sustained. 

The BID also distributed over 7,500 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizer since last November to businesses and received a Strategic Impact Grant “SIG” from New York City’s Department of Small Business Services which allowed it to provide support to an additional 193 storefronts just outside of the main BID boundaries. In total, the SIG grant resulted in 386 individual business support “touchpoints” that included helping businesses apply for loans and grants in partnership with the Queens Chamber, raising awareness regarding nearby free business counseling centers, and coordinating marketing videos in partnership with video content creator and storyteller Alan Goldsher.  

Business safety was a key issue during the pandemic. The Jamaica Merchants Business Trespass Program was created in partnership with Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the NYPD 103rd Precinct, elected officials and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz’s office which the BID signed on to be part of to help businesses that were receiving severe harassment. Since its launch, 14 new businesses have signed up. 

Downtown’s growing retail environment was the final focus of the meeting. Ms. Furioli pointed out the ribbon-cutting parade the BID held in February to celebrate new businesses that opened during (or immediately before) the pandemic. At the parade, five businesses were feted by a New Orleans-style brass band and community leaders waiving ribbons and holding I Love Jamaica Ave signs, while each business cut a celebratory ribbon. Additional new businesses that have opened since (or are expected to open shortly) include Target, Jollibee’s, coffee and pastry shop Avenue Café NYC, the Edge School of the Arts and BK Lobster. 

Moving into the next year, the BID will focus on continued restoration of the Avenue’s tree canopy, helping businesses understand and deal with City capital projects (notably the conversion of Parsons Public Space into a permanent plaza at Parsons and Jamaica Avenue, and the Department of Transportation’s recent installation of a pilot busway project on Jamaica Avenue), and welcoming residents of the many new apartment buildings to their local shopping corridor. 

The Annual Meeting concluded with final remarks from President Michael Hirschhorn. 

To learn more about the Jamaica Center BID and stay up-to-date on all happenings on Jamaica Avenue, make sure to visit 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 jamaica.nyc

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Jamaica Center BID Partners With Local Organizations To Beautify Parsons Public Space

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

For Immediate Release:

JAMAICA CENTER BID PARTNERS WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO BEAUTIFY PARSONS PUBLIC SPACE

Jamaica, Queens, June 11, 2021 – On Sunday, June 13, the Jamaica Center BID (JBID) in collaboration with Southeast Queens Cleanup (SEQ Cleanup Initiative), Linden Studio 17 and Cambria Heights Florist will be hosting a Jamaica Avenue Community Clean-Up and Beautification event at Parsons Public Space in downtown Jamaica. Parsons Public Space was constructed by NYC DOT in downtown Jamaica several years ago as a temporary public space and is scheduled to become a permanent public plaza after additional work by NYC’s Department of Design and Construction is complete (timeframe TBD.).  

Although Parsons Public Space does not fall within the Jamaica Center BID’s boundaries, the BID decided to coordinate a clean-up and beautification initiative there this summer due to its prominent location and importance to the downtown community.

“We noticed that many of the original shrubs in the 35 planters at Parsons had died or toppled over, and no decorative greenery or flowers remained,” said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. “Parsons Public Space is one of Jamaica Avenue’s “front yards” and first impressions for those coming to  shop . By providing a clean sweep to remove litter and planting some new greenery, we hope to provide a better experience this summer for downtown Jamaica’s returning workers and shoppers as we fully reopen downtown for business.”

The event is the second community clean-up event the BID has done in collaboration with SEQ Cleanup Initiative, a new grassroots nonprofit in southeast Queens. The first, a “side-street clean up” this past December removed litter from the high-trafficked 162nd Street, a side street leading from a popular parking lot to Jamaica Avenue in order to give shoppers a more positive first impression as they approached downtown for holiday shopping.

Antoinette “DJ Nett” Lawson, founder of SEQ Cleanup Initiative will provide volunteers to help clean up and plant greenery at Parsons Public Space. “SEQ Cleanup's mission is to inspire Southeast Queens residents to "do their part" to be proactive when it comes to the revitalization and beautification of this community. When we all do our part, we are one step closer to reaching our intended goal,” said founder of SEQ Cleanup Initiative DJ Nett.

The Jamaica Avenue Community Beautification event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday. Additional community partners involved in the event include  Alana Simmons, founder and owner of Linden Studio 17, who is providing project management and promotional support for the event,  Cambria Heights Florist, who will provide expertise and guidance on the planting portion of the event, and the 103rd Precinct’s Community Affairs division. The Home Depot store located at 92-30 168th Street donated soil and cleaning supplies for the event and the three restaurants fronting Parsons Public Space: Golden Krust, Popeye’s and Dunkin’ Donuts are providing meals for the volunteers. Once planted, the flowers and greenery will be watered during the summer by the adjacent landlord, Mattone Investors.

“This is truly a community-led initiative with established and new nonprofits, local business, property owners and every day volunteers pitching in to make this happen,” said Jennifer Furioli. “We’re thrilled to work with SEQ Cleanup again and are grateful to Linden Studios and Cambria Heights Florist for their community leadership in this particular event.”

In addition to the cleaning and greening, volunteers will begin construction on a Little Reading Library, which the coordinators of this event hope to install near Rufus King Park later this summer.

The BID expects to clean-up Parsons Public space again in the fall and to do other activations at Parsons Public space thanks to a recent grant received by the JFK International Air Terminal.

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 onFacebook, 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.

About Southeast Queens Cleanup Initiative   
Founded by DJ Nett, SEQ Cleanup engages local volunteers to assist with picking up litter in the local parks, potting and planting in local community gardens, as well as helping with painting of murals to add to the beautification of Southeast Queens. SEQ Cleanup's motto is "DO YOUR PART... When each member of the community does their part, we are one step closer to our collective goal." Instagram: Seqcleanup

About Linden Studio 17

Founded by Alana Simmons, Linden Studio 17 Inc. is located in St. Albans, Queens. Linden Studio 17 was established to be a service to the community. As an event space for rental services, Linden Studio 17 have sponsored multiple organizations and programs to use the studio at little to no cost and sponsor outside projects and organizations as well. Instagram: lindenstudio17

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The Wonder Women of Gotham To Be Honored for Women’s History Month + International Women’s Day

The Wonder Women of Gotham To Be Honored for Women’s History Month + International Women’s Day

29 NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS BAND TOGETHER TO SALUTE WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES

New York City, March 2, 2021 – Nearly 30 business improvement districts (BIDs), neighborhood associations and merchants’ groups from New York City’s five boroughs are coming together in March to honor Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Their focus is women-owned small businesses in the city, which have been particularly hard hit during the pandemic.

New Yorkers can participate in the campaign (#smallbusinesswonderwomen) by taking a photo of a woman small business owner in front of her store and posing the question: What makes you a small business wonder woman? Then post the photo and caption on social media/blog using the hashtag #smallbusinesswonderwomen.

The cross-borough collaboration came together when a group of Brooklyn BIDs met last month to plan local Women’s Day programming that would work throughout the city. The group decided to honor Small Business Wonder Women as their communities’ heroes. “United by their ability to survive and thrive, these women deserve special recognition during Women’s History Month,” says Joanna Tallantire of the Park Slope 5th Avenue BID.  "On #theother5th, we see the creative ways women-owned businesses work together during difficult times, everything from providing a women-owned marketplace during Open Streets Restaurant Saturdays to working with women-owned restaurants on mutual aid projects and buying from women-owned businesses".

Groups from all five boroughs are standing tall for Small Business Wonder Women.

Brooklyn’s Lynette Battle, Interim Executive Director, Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway BID, says “This Women’s History Month we salute the mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and nieces who make things better for us all." She is joined by Kate Chura of the Atlantic Avenue BID and Montague St. BID, who says that in both neighborhoods “the women-owned businesses work tirelessly to supply goods and services the neighborhood needs.”

The Bronx’ Yasmin Cruz, Executive Director, Westchester Square District BID says, "I am proud to have our women-owned businesses in our district. They are definitely "Wonder Women.”

In Queens, Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director Jamaica Center BID, says “Many of the most active businesses and civic leaders in downtown Jamaica are women and their importance to this community is immeasurable.”

Janet Dugo of the Downtown Staten Island/SI Chamber of Commerce says “Every day, but especially in March, we salute the women running businesses on Staten Island.  These 'Small Business Wonder Women' help keep our neighborhoods alive and humming!  Even through the pandemic, they've worked tirelessly to support our community's needs. So, let's remember to show our thanks for all they do by shopping local all year long.”

In Manhattan, Jennifer Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership, says “Union Square-14th Street's incredible line-up of female-owned small businesses includes small business powerhouse players like Julie Gaines of Fishs Eddy, Nancy Bass Wyden of Strand Bookstore, and Daryl Roth of Daryl Roth Theatre, as well as our incredible Greenmarket partners. We are so proud to celebrate these strong women and many more during Women's History Month this year." 

Regina Myer, president of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, adds, “Honoring our female-owned small businesses to coincide with Women’s History Month, is so important now – a year after NYC went into lockdown. Downtown Brooklyn business owners such as Chi Sum, of Coffee Project, Sarah McNally of McNally Jackson Books, and Michelle Cadore from DaSpot, are leading the way in these challenging times, and we can’t wait to celebrate them.”

Participating organizations:

BROOKLYN - Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, FAB FULTON, North Flatbush Avenue BID, Atlantic Avenue BID, Montague St BID, Pitkin Avenue BID, Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, Cortelyou Road Merchants Association (CoRMA), Newkirk Plaza Merchant Association, Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC), Church Avenue BID & Flatbush Avenue BID, Alliance for Coney Island, Bayridge 5th Avenue BID, Grand Street BID

MANHATTAN - Village Alliance BID, East Village Independent Merchants Association, Columbus Amsterdam BID, Union Square Partnership, Times Square Alliance, Chinatown BID/Partnership, NoHo BID

STATEN ISLAND - Forest Avenue BID, Castleton Avenue Merchants Organization (CAMO),

Downtown Staten Island - SI Chamber of Commerce

BRONX - BJTBronx Merchant Association, Westchester Square BID

QUEENS - Jamaica Center BID

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Multi-Store Ribbon Cutting Event Planned for New Business on Jamaica Avenue

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

For Immediate Release:  

MULTI-STORE RIBBON CUTTING EVENT PLANNED FOR NEW BUSINESSES ON JAMAICA AVENUE

Jamaica, Queens, February 11, 2021 – This Friday, February 12, the Jamaica Center BID (JBID) will host a multi-business ribbon cutting event for several businesses that have opened on Jamaica Avenue in the past year. Despite the COVID pandemic, Jamaica Avenue recently welcomed several new businesses, including two seafood restaurants: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood and Bar and Aloha Krab, MA Perfume, Dunkin’ Donuts, European Wax Center and Diamond Braces. In addition, Jollibee, a quickly-growing Filipino fast-food restaurant with a strong following is also expected to open this spring.

In a nod to NYC’s traditional ticker tape parades which celebrated laudable achievements, be it a World Series win or the installation of the Statue of Liberty, the BID is coordinating a socially distanced “ribbon cutting” parade to honor the many businesses that have decided to open on Jamaica Avenue during one of the most challenging years for retail in modern history. The event will also acknowledge the support of local leaders and business support organizations who have worked to ensure that downtown Jamaica thrives, both pre, during and post COVID-19.

The promotion will kick off at 10 a.m. in front of the new Dunkin’ Donuts at 163-18 Jamaica Avenue with opening remarks and a traditional ribbon cutting. The BID, downtown business leaders and elected officials will then walk (or “parade”) to several other recently opened businesses to allow them to cut a ribbon and be acknowledged for their new presence on Jamaica Avenue.  The brass band Underground Horns will play celebratory music in front of each store. Due to the pandemic, the event itself will not actually be a “traditional” parade that involves street closures or hosts large crowds, but rather a concerted effort by business and elected leaders to visit each new business on the same day in a coordinated and celebrated fashion. 

“Downtown Jamaica is all about community, and when you join our business community, we are going to support you—in the best of times and in the most challenging of times. We’re excited to acknowledge those businesses that have chosen to invest in our downtown. This warm welcome is just the first of many touchpoints these businesses can expect to receive from our organization and our broader community,” said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID.

The event will kick off at the new Dunkin Donuts location (163-18 Jamaica Avenue), followed by ribbon cuttings at MA Perfume (165-12 Jamaica Avenue), European Wax Center and Diamond Braces (166-16 Jamaica Avenue) before concluding at the new restaurant Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood and Bar (161-21 Jamaica Avenue).

In addition to having the opportunity to cut a ribbon and meet their local business and community leaders, the new businesses will also have the chance to offer a special promotion to customers.

Dunkin’ Donuts

“We’re happy to be part of the downtown Jamaica community and look forward to continuing to invest into the community. We’ll be offering a free donut with any purchase this Friday.” - Yazeen Rowzani, Owner

Diamond Braces

“Diamond Braces is happy to be in downtown Jamaica. We take all insurance, and we offer a complimentary consultation on your first visit. We look forward to serving you.” - Denis Zubov, Manager

European Wax Center

"We are so excited to be part of this vibrant community. Customers that stop by on the ribbon cutting day can receive complimentary eyebrow servicing. You'll love the way you look...We guarantee it!” – Angel-Leah Ramkalawan, Manager

Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood and Bar

“We are so excited to have indoor dining at Hook & Reel return this Friday in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. We’re also now operating a full bar for our customers. Hook up with your perfect boil and Reel in your friends to Jamaica Hook & Reel!” - Wendy He, Owner

MA Perfume

“We look forward to building our perfume and cologne clientele on Jamaica Avenue with great prices, trust and convenience with the support of all our loyal customers. We will be having a sale on all perfume and cologne gift sets as well as 50% off select fragrances.” - Monica Chawla, Owner

Each new business will also be provided with five ‘I Love Jamaica Avenue’ tote bags to hand out to customers of their choice on the celebratory day, along with a balloon bunch to post outside of their door and special signage provided by the Jamaica Center BID indicating that they are a new business on the Avenue.

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 onFacebook, 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.

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Despite COVID-19, Jamaica Center Will Still Sparkle This Holiday Season

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

For Immediate Release:  

DESPITE COVID-19, JAMAICA CENTER WILL STILL SPARKLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON  

Jamaica, Queens, December 11, 2020 – Several new and established nonprofit organizations and two City agencies have partnered to make downtown Jamaica both a little cleaner and a little brighter for the community this Sunday, December 13th

From 2pm to 4pm Jamaica Center BID (JBID), in collaboration with Southeast Queens Cleanup (SEQ Cleanup Initiative), will host a socially-distanced cleanup, deploying 20 volunteers in picking up litter from 161st – 163rd streets between Jamaica Avenue and 89th Street. New York City Sanitation Department will help with removal of the waste collected by the volunteers.  “Our side streets are usually the first impressions shoppers have when arriving to shop on Jamaica Avenue because it is where many parking garages are located, so we wanted to target this area with a deep clean,” stated Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. To undertake this task, the BID sought out the partnership of the newly formed and grassroots organization SEQ Cleanup Initiative which was founded by Southeast Queens resident leader Antoinette “DJ Nett” Lawson. DJ Nett formed SEQ Cleanup in July of this year in response to declining sanitation conditions she observed in her Southeast Queens community due to citywide budget cuts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Downtown Jamaica was my stomping grounds growing up...it’s where I shopped, caught school buses and hung out with friends, and after a successful first year growing SEQ Cleanup, I am thankful to be doing our end of the year wrap up on Jamaica Ave,” stated DJ Nett.  

Immediately after the business district clean-up, Cultural Collaborative Jamaica (CCJ) will present its annual Holidays on the Avenue (HOTA) tree lighting event and community toy giveaway at Rufus King Park at 4 p.m.  Both SEQ Cleanup and another community nonprofit, Key Fundamentals, have stepped up, along with NYPD 103rd Precinct, to support the 2020 Holidays on the Avenue Event through toy solicitation and volunteer support.  “Holidays on the Avenue (HOTA) is one my favorite longstanding programs,” said Tyra Emerson, Executive Director of CCJ. “Presenting HOTA has been a challenge in 2020 with COVID for CCJ, but with the help of our 103rd Precinct’s Community Affairs and several dedicated community organizations, namely SEQ Cleanup and Key Fundamentals, we have been able to light the tree, distribute gifts and show the children of Southeast Queens our community’s resilient spirit.”  

The tree lighting event will be scaled down significantly this year because of the pandemic with reservations-only participation, temperature checks, masks and social distancing. There will be an opportunity for families to pick up a toy for their children at King Manor Museum through registration at Holiday on the Ave

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 jamaica.nyc.   

About Southeast Queens Cleanup Initiative  
Founded by DJ Nett, SEQ Cleanup engages local volunteers to assist with picking up litter in the local parks, potting and planting in local community gardens, as well as helping with painting of murals to add to the beautification of Southeast Queens. SEQ Cleanup's motto is "DO YOUR PART... When each member of the community does their part, we are one step closer to our collective goal." Instagram: Seqcleanup

About Cultural Collaborative Jamaica (CCJ)  
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. go2ccj.org

About Key Fundamentals 
Founded by Shewanna Owens in 2008, Key Fundamentals is a Cultural and Liberal Arts organization inspiring and cultivating individuals through Cultural & Liberal Arts programs to bridge better relationships within underserved communities. Always striving for excellence through spiritual growth, entrepreneurship, and positive engagement for the betterment of healthier lives. Access your key to “UNLOCK YOUR SUCCESS”! Check us on Instagram & Twitter @Fundamentalskey

Jamaica Center BID Holds Their 41st 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

For Immediate Release:

JAMAICA CENTER BID HOLDS THEIR 41st ANNUAL MEETING

Jamaica, Queens, November 12, 2020 – The Jamaica Center BID celebrated their 41st annual meeting today in a unique virtual setting. Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes, President of York College, CUNY was the keynote speaker for this special event.

Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID, Jennifer Furioli, highlighted the unique challenges that the BID faced throughout 2020 with the emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic. During this time, the BID was forced to pivot their activities and operations, focusing less on shopping promotions and community events to implementing emergency programs to help businesses stay open and comply with government directives. The BID also decided to focus more on quality of life issues due to City budget cutbacks and their resultant emphasis on the commercial district.  

Prior to the onset of the pandemic, there were some early marketing successes that Jennifer Furioli pointed out in the virtual meeting. These included a holiday shopping initiative last December titled ‘Procrastination Station’ where the BID visited the Avenue with their mascot Snowman, created a last-minute Gift Giver’s Idea guide promoting 46 district businesses, activated empty storefront windows with ugly sweater contest decals and enlivened Jamaica Avenue with a live pop-up brass band. The BID also created an ‘I Love Jamaica Avenue’ campaign to encourage local shopping loyalty in tandem with Valentine’s Day where they adorned 75 businesses with “I Love Jamaica Avenue” decals and ran another online campaign promoting 27 local businesses.

In addition to these pre-pandemic marketing initiatives, the Jamaica Center BID also conducted a full analysis of tree pits and trees on the Avenue which resulted in a $10,000 allocation of funding from Council Member Rory Lancman to fix several tree pits on the Avenue, work that will take place this year.  The BID also invited a skilled horologist to examine the historic and landmarked street clock at the corner of Union Hall and Jamaica Avenue. The BID is now working closely with Council Member I. Daneek Miller’s office and NYC government entities to develop a plan to secure funding to restore the street clock to its historic glory. A generous seed grant has been provided by Council Member Miller towards this effort.

Jennifer Furioli highlighted the Jamaica Center BID’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic including the creation of a special Coronavirus webpage on the BID’s site (jamaica.nyc) that kept property and business owners abreast of coronavirus directives, loans and grants and technical assistance resources. The BID provided 25 of their district’s small businesses one-to-one help and referrals on matters such as PPP, EIDL grants, the NY Forward Loan, and the NYC Small Business Services small business grant and loan program and served as an official City of New York distribution partner for PPE supplies to Southeast Queens businesses, distributing 5,200 pieces of PPE to date. The BID also created a list of essential businesses that were open during the initial shutdown of NYC. Lastly was the launch of the BID’s ‘Shop Local Pledge’ reminding Southeast Queens consumers that local businesses need shopping dollars now more than ever and encouraging them to “sign-on” to supporting Jamaica Avenue retail and restaurants. This pledge was revealed at several events including the celebrations at the Black Lives Matter mural on Jamaica Avenue.

One of the key programs that was introduced to the Downtown Jamaica community this year was the creation of JBID Alerts! a cell phone notification program where the BID can easily notify businesses or property owners if there is a district-wide emergency on Jamaica Avenue or if timely coronavirus news affecting businesses is released. Currently there are over 100 businesses and property managers signed up for the alerts.

 “Jamaica Avenue is resilient. Queens is resilient. And New York City is resilient and open for business. Now is the time for us to safely support our local businesses community by giving them our patronage,” said Jennifer Furioli.

Jamaica Center BID also acknowledged their contracted Clean Team which provides cleaning services in the district. In the past year, the BID spent 16,655 hours on sanitation-related issues, removing 37,447 bags of trash from the 101 trash receptacles on Jamaica Avenue and cleaning up 24,337 incidents of graffiti, stickers, and illegally posted bills. In early October the Clean Team removed 150 bags of illegally dumped trash from two spots within a one block radius of one another.

The Annual Meeting concluded with final remarks from President Michael Hirschhorn.

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 onFacebook, 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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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

For Immediate Release:

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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