During the day, mothers with strollers busily getting to the supermarkets, vegetable stores, grocery stores and our general stores (before picking up their older children from school), others with their carts or laden with shopping bags or parking their cars and unfortunately paying 25 cents for 15 minutes, feeding our parking meters with their quarters to get those few forgotten items.
I remember when I came to Woodhaven 44 years ago, my blessed mother-in-law introduced me to our many Jamaica Avenue stores. I was so impressed by the choice of stores and, as I have stated before, what we now call “walkability.”
Through the years our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue has had a magnetism. In one day it is not unusual to make a few trips “down to the Avenue.” It is truly our Everything Avenue. Every day your storeowners and business owners, through the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, work hard to clean your streets, remove any graffiti vandalism, engage WBID Security patrols and promote our avenue.
The WBID continues to strive to bring more diverse stores and businesses here. Unfortunately, with the current economy small business owners are hesitating in opening new locations. In spite of this, on our Jamaica Avenue we have a low vacancy rate by comparison to other avenues and small shopping malls.
So, continue to “go down to the Avenue” and shop locally.
Notes: I have to acknowledge the Forest School P.S. 97 for during this recent holiday season for contributing the first and the most Christmas decorations for our Forest Parkway Plaza. These decorations were delivered personally to our office by their Student Government President Julian Castro and Vice President Arianna Sanchez, who under the guidance of Student Government teacher Ms. Ward and art teacher Ms. Binack, completed this project.
• Speaking of students, congratulations to Shiwei Liu who received a Master of Science degree, and Mario Chuman and Derick Yung, both named to the Dean’s List at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and both of Woodhaven. You make us proud!
• Did you know that actor and director Ed Burns was born and raised in Woodhaven? Our Ed Burns is the son of one of N.Y.’s Finest, a NYPD police officer.
• The Home Energy Assistance Program is still available, please call (800) 692-0557 for more info. Also, the GWDC still has low-cost Home Improvement Loans at 2.5 percent and 5 percent interest. Please call our office at (718) 805-0202 for more information.
• A big thank you to our District Attorney Richard Brown and his office for the major drug and illegal firearm trafficker arrests made in Queens during 2012, again proving he is the best district attorney in New York City. Remember if you see something, say something.
• As you shop on our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, or are just walking through, if you are in need of assistance, 1) Go into one of our stores; and 2) Stay near the register and ask them to call 911 or your family for you to inform them of this emergency. For all Police emergencies call 911. The telephone number of our 102nd Precinct is (718) 805-3200, press 1 for the switchboard.
Please fly our American flags above all others in Woodhaven, for we are still at war against evil terrorists. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, and most of all may God bless our America.