I read with interest the letter written to your paper in reference to Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue and as President of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID) responsible for Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue it is incumbent upon me to respond.
The letter refers to the appearance of our avenue after the two major snowstorms. To judge any area after this unusual weather places us at a disadvantage. The bird droppings referred to on the sidewalk and near the J Line elevated stanchions are power washed periodically. The snowstorms made them inaccessible and the power washing chemicals freeze in the cold weather, so they could not be cleaned. This accumulation will be power washed this month.
As to the litter baskets “overflowing with garbage.” After the snowstorms the garbage from the wire baskets were not picked up. This also occurred on our residential streets and throughout the city. During the snowstorm the WBID cleaners cleared paths and the corners of snow for pedestrians. After the garbage was picked up, the garbage in the wire baskets and household garbage as always was bagged, and the baskets lined. This is done twice a day, 7 days a week.
The “trash tossed in the street” issue on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue is addressed by the sweepers cleaning twice a day 7 days a week. Our cleaners sweep the avenue and the curbs all along the BID's 25
blocks. These cleaners which the letter writer refered to as “one man with a Rubbermaid trash can on
wheels with a broom,” do the job, as the Sanitation Department did and did well with their sweepers many years ago.
The community is happy with what they do. Consider what the avenue would look like if it were not for their sweeping twice a day 7 days a week.
As to the “empty storefronts” as a recent survey has proved, we have a very low vacancy rate with some “closed stores” not being rented and used for only storage. We have been notified by the city that the J Line Jamaica Avenue elevated train structure and stanchions will finally be painted and repaired.
Also more improvements are planned after this project is completed.
Now that the spring weather will be upon us, the WBID will be sponsoring our free pictures with the “Easter Bunny” and other activities along Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street. There are also many other promotions throughout the year, the biggest being our “Holidays in Woodhaven” Weekend Menorah and Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade.
This is what we do here in Woodhaven, and I would suggest anyone with ta different concept of Jamaica Avenue to go along Jamaica Avenue in adjoining Communities in Queens and Brooklyn. There they will find that the differences are obvious and very self evident. We stand out as a clean graffiti
vandalism free commercial strip.
The members of our WBID Board are committed businessmen and storeowners. They in addition to paying assessments, give their time to work for our Commercial Strip. This is why we were honored with the “Award for the Best BID in New York City.” Remember our WBID has the smallest budget for the length of 25 blocks in the city. With these limited resources we accomplish a great deal, but for those who want everything we can and will not ever satisfy you.