On a beautiful, hot and sunny day in front of the historic façade of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the winning projects selected for the Jamaica Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). In August 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Downtown Jamaica was the winner of the $10 million DRI, a plan that looks to transform local neighborhoods into the next generation of communities. The winner was selected as part of a competitive process by the state’s Economic Development Council. The projects that will be funded under the grant include a space for businesses, pedestrian plazas, infrastructure upgrades, support for dining options, increased broadband width and employment supports. Greater Jamaic
The weather is finally breaking and spring has arrived signaling that it is time for Downtown Jamaica’s annual fashion event “Jamaica Just My Style”. The event is a mixer cocktail party, a glimpse into fashion trends and a rockin’ good concert all rolled into one. It is the annual fashion, dining and entertainment event which celebrates Downtown Jamaica. Hosted by the Jamaica BID (Business Improvement District), the annual event is a means of showcasing the fashions available in Downtown Jamaica along with its other fun, fabulous and fantastic offerings. Every year the annual fashion event has something stupendous to offer. Last year, seniors rocked the runaway. In prior years men’s fashions stole the show (and a couple of hearts) and each and every year de
In 2013, it was described as chic. In 2014, it was hailed as groundbreaking. Now in its fifth year, The Jamaica “Just My Style” Fashion Event returns with style and fervor. The event is determined to win back fashionistas, style mavens and residents that have been blind to the bling of Downtown Jamaica’s style allure. To those who think of Jamaica Avenue as merely a place for bargain hunters, the event will showcase style and substance with affordability. For those who see only 99 cent stores, the event will feature sponsors from the Business Improvement Districts’ wealth of top notch businesses. For those who don’t recognize Jamaica as the place for fashion trends, the event will showcase local designers that have dressed celebrities and set fashion trends throughout the world.
Starbucks has opened its first franchise in Southeast Queens. The new store, located at Sutphin Blvd and 89th Avenue. It is in close proximity to the Queens Courthouse and one block away from Jamaica Avenue. It is also a short distance from the LIRR's main transit hub, Jamaica Station and the JFK AirTrain. This new Starbuck fits neatly into the continued path of revitalization that is coming to Downtown Jamaica. Jamaica Now, the revitalization plan by the City of New York, is targeting the area for employment, economic development and housing. Now that they built it, will they come? While the site is in Southeast Queens, it is most likely that individuals from the neighboring community will not be its regular consumers. Most often, residents travel through the area non-
New York City Department of Probation in conjunction with the Food Bank of New York City celebrated the opening of NeOn Nutrition Kitchen at its Jamaica Avenue Center. NeOn Nutrition Kitchen (Jamaica NeON) is the NYC Department of Probations’ in house food pantry. Staff noticed that clients were food insecure and, as a result, were trying to help fill those needs independently. With a clientele that is 85% male, solving food insecurity issues isn’t as simple as sending individuals to the local pantry. The stigma surrounding such in community visits is higher for males who, unlike women, overcome any personal stigma as they are fulfilling their roles as primary caregivers. Clients can visit the pantry while they are at the center visiting for other reasons. Parole officers can ass
Who knew school could look so good? The Ave, that’s who! Jamaica Avenue has long been the place where students shopped for trendy gear for the upcoming school year. On Saturday, August 29, the Jamaica Center BID collaborated with the 165th Street BID to host its second annualBack to School Fashion Event. An event which showcased the offerings from its business district along with young designer Tyyann of Pinky Sez, latest collection. What a show! The 165th Street mall was transformed into a scene from NY fashion week, with the red carpet positioned just outside the Coliseum Mall and chairs lining the runway. Fashions took to the runaway worn by tots and teens with sass, class and all modes of cuteness. Divas and dudes wore attire in the freshest of pairings for back to scho
The Jamaica Collections, Downtown Jamaica’s annual fashion event, featured top notch designers, delicious cuisine all with refined style in its annual fashion, food and fun event. Four designers brilliantly engaged the runaway to showcase their designs on Saturday, June 6th. The evening began with red carpet photos and food tastings. In keeping with the fashion theme, attendees were dressed in their fashionable best! There were neon colors, matching handbags, floppy hats, sequins, shorts, graphic tees all ready for their red carpet debut. Food tastings included crisp, fresh bites of classics turn delicacies of shrimp, black rice and salsa. The food was as elegantly displayed as the attendees and just as likely to appear in red carpet photos. But it was the designers and fash