Back to School and the Woodhaven Street Fair 2010
by Maria Thomson
Aug 10, 2010 | 3483 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Well, here we are in August 2010. We are fast approaching September, and you know what that means: sorry to remind you but, yes children and teenagers, schools will be open.

As you head back to school, you’ll need to take advantage of our back to school sales, especially for school needs on our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. So, hold that thought. (More in my next article about your award-winning business improvement district back to school sales promotions.) In the interim, Shop “Sizzling Sales” on our Woodhaven Business Improvement District - Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street.

Recently, I was invited to a beautiful summer evening at the stunning Gracie Mansion as the executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District. This was at the invitation of Honorable Michael Bloomberg, our mayor, and Honorable Robert Walsh, our excellent commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

The reception was for the awarding of the 2010 New York City Neighborhood Development Achievement Awards. This award was formerly known as “The Wolffy” and was named in honor of the late Barbara Wolff, the First Lady of New York City’s Business Improvement Districts.

The first of these awards, I reminisced, was given to our Woodhaven Business Improvement District. That was on June 29, 2000. I remember, all of our Woodhaven Business Improvement District board members were so proud and there with us to receive it. It was such a great honor!

At this reception, we saw so many good friends from all five boroughs, especially Hy Hochberg, president of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District. When we were forming our Woodhaven Business Improvement District, he and Ted Renz, the executive director, assisted us greatly.

Since the award in June of 2000, our Woodhaven Business Improvement District has continued to grow and flourish. Our 25 blocks (one of the longest BIDs in New York City) is cleaned 7 days a week and is 98 percent graffiti vandalism free. Our BID sponsors promotional events and a holiday weekend with the lighting of our Christmas tree, a parade, and Christmas lights strung all along our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. We also boast an 8 to 10 percent vacancy rate.

Our WBID, of which I was a founding member, worked for seven years to secure this BID for we knew, after seeing Myrtle Avenue, that our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue would greatly benefit.

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District, along with the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation that administers the WBID, has advocated for the painting and renovation of our “J” Line train structure and stanchions for many, many, many years. This work will finally begin later this year and continue into the next two years. As you can see, the staircases are being dismantled and completely replaced as I write this article.

Our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue commercial strip is still a strong award-winning BID in 2010. This, because our stores and businesses care and give back to us, the community. So, be proud Woodhaven, you have a hard-working, award-winning WBID

Mark your calendars: the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation-sponsored “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival” 2010 is on Sunday, October 10, from 11 a.m. To 6 p.m. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard.

Voting is your patriotic duty, and a hard won privilege, so if you want to vote this year, the last day to register (if you are not already registered) is Friday, August 13. Primary Day this year is Tuesday, September 7, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 2.

We now sadly approach the ninth year since September 11, 2001, and the horrific act of cowardice that fateful day. Our America is still at war fighting terrorism, so continue to fly our American flag above all others, and show your pride and your support for our troops. Remember, “Never Forget, Never Again.” May God bless our America.

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