SUCH BULLSHIT: “JAMAICA CROWN JEWEL OF NYC”, “IN THE MIDDLE OF A RENAISSANCE” – ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME

“Jamaica is one of the crown jewels of New York City, and this funding will further realize our collective vision for future growth,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica). “Downtown Jamaica is in the middle of a renaissance, and this neighborhood serves as a bustling center for business, transit and culture. The award funding will continue this upward trend and help transform our economy to attract well-paying jobs and new business to our downtown center.”

REALLY,  Jamaica is the crown jewel of NYC, hell, it is not even the crown jewel of Queens, it is not even a crown jewel, more like a ghetto mess with bullshit leaders like corrupt Congressman Gregory Meeks & speak with fork tongue Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (who has still not addressed the huge amount of hotels turned homeless shelters in the borough). And look at the crew holding the big check, corrupt Meeks, do nothing Comrie and lying Katz with lazy ass Assembly Member Vivian Cook looking on.

Funny that people who live here like myself, community activist Pamela Hazel and others certainly do not see Jamaica as a “crown jewel”, a ghetto garbage dump, yes, but hardly a crown jewel, hell not even a costumed jewel. I mean how it is a crown jewel with rampant illegal garbage dumping problem, a dirty downtown area, destruction of 1-2 family homes replace by ugly third world ghetto apartments with balconies used as storage, over 20 homeless shelterss in the community, a poisonous waste transfer facility (Royal Waste) right in the downtown area and near residential homes and building where blocks on any given day smell awful from the stench of this facility, gang bangers on the loose, crooked do nothing elected officials and every other bit of nonsense including tons of bogus churches that do nothing for the community, hell, they don’t even pay damn taxes to better the community.

Jamaica certainly has potential, which has been squandered for decades by these do nothing leaders, but Crown Jewel my ass. Just more bullshit coming from the ghetto hood.

No doubt this $10 million will be squander on CRAP and MORE CRAP and the community will not look any damn better.

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From Queens Press:

Greater Jamaica Talks Potential For State Grant

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) finally gave details on the potential uses of the recent $10 million grant that it received from the state over the summer.

Photos Courtesy the Governor’s office. In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo awarded Jamaica a $10 million grant to help the neighborhood

Photos Courtesy the Governor’s office.
In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo awarded Jamaica a $10 million grant to help the neighborhood

In August, Governor Andrew Cuomo paid a visit to Southeast Queens to announce that the developing downtown Jamaica area was the recipient of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative project, which promised to breathe new life into local neighborhoods while simultaneously planting the seeds that will “potentially lead to new opportunities, long-term growth and prosperity.” Awarded by the New York City Regional Economic Development Council, the grant also included $300,000 in planning funds for private-sector experts to work with a local planning committee to draft a Strategic Investment Plan, identifying specific economic development, transportation and housing projects.

Downtown Jamaica has been a hotspot for development in recent years.

Downtown Jamaica has been a hotspot for development in recent years.

“Downtown neighborhoods are the heartbeat of communities across the state, and investing in their revitalization is key to generating growth statewide,” Cuomo said at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. “By capitalizing on Jamaica’s higher-education institutions, cultural cornerstones and diversity, we are transforming it into a magnet for opportunity that will continue to attract private investment and generate economic activity for generations to come.”

When the grant was awarded to Jamaica, Hope Knight, president of GJDC, told the Queens Tribune she’d like to see the money go towards CUNY York College in some capacity. While details were initially scarce on where this money would be going, some of the other possibilities for this grant were recently clarified.

“Our application for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative incorporated discussion of the projected uses for DRI funding,” a statement obtained by the Queens Tribune said. There were seven total possibilities according to a GJDC report, which projected uses for the $10 million grant. The first of these was to “create co-working space for local entrepreneurs in Downtown Jamaica.” Next was the idea to “implement a comprehensive workforce plan for new jobs coming to Jamaica.” It was explained that these new jobs would ideally include retail, construction, industrial, tourism and the seemingly booming hotel industry.

Another initiative included attracting “anchor tech businesses” which would “create a supportive infrastructure for smaller incubator businesses” as well as implementing some sort of neighborhood-wide training program that could provide a much-needed workforce to a more business-centric Downtown Jamaica.

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The newly unified Downtown Jamaica BID would also benefit from the grant. With the grant, the BID, made up of the former 165th Street, Sutphin Boulevard and Jamaica Center BIDs, looks to expand its benefits and reach stores outside of its current jurisdiction. Finally, a proposal was made to work with local business, not-for-profits and cultural institutions to create a more accessible commerce hub. Through this work, the GJDC hopes to “create programs and policies to incentivize, attract and increase quality dining and entertainment options,” making Jamaica a more visitor-friendly and attractive place for New Yorkers abroad as well as international travelers.

Jamaica is no stranger to capital investments. Since the once-troubled, now-booming neighborhood was called the soon-to-be “hottest neighborhood” in New York City by real estate website StreetEasy, developers have begun to act on Jamaica’s newfound popularity. Known as one of the more vibrant neighborhoods in Queens, Downtown Jamaica boasts both cultural diversity and a primary location with proximity to both the E train and John F. Kennedy Airport. Jamaica elected officials have embraced this change with open arms.

“Jamaica is one of the crown jewels of New York City, and this funding will further realize our collective vision for future growth,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica). “Downtown Jamaica is in the middle of a renaissance, and this neighborhood serves as a bustling center for business, transit and culture. The award funding will continue this upward trend and help transform our economy to attract well-paying jobs and new business to our downtown center.”

 

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6 thoughts on “SUCH BULLSHIT: “JAMAICA CROWN JEWEL OF NYC”, “IN THE MIDDLE OF A RENAISSANCE” – ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME

  1. Joe, I drove passed the Moda Grill restaurant – formerly known as CityRib – today. Everything inside is gone, vacated – owners and staff vamoosed. What happened? This was supposed to be at the top of the pyramid in the Jamaica cuisine scene. A real happening place, no? What’s going to become of this vacant property? Another 99 cent store? A nail salon? How’ bout fried chicken take-out or Sneaker Pimp II?

    PS How’s that Starbucks doing over by the court houses?

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    • During the summer there was a sign on Moda saying something about “closed, see you soon: and then two weeks ago I saw what you saw. Have heard nothing about this, but if they are tearing out the bar, something must be going in there. Right now this area does not support places like City Rib, maybe after all this development takes place and hopefully some better people move in. Starbucks is actually doing well, in fact it is being used a model for other lower economic areas over the country. I don’t like Starbucks, but what there a few weeks ago at night to meet someone and that person was surprised at how many people were there at night. I am sure during the weekday it does great business with all those court houses.

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  2. “While details were initially scarce on where this money would be going, some of the other possibilities for this grant were recently clarified.”

    Sure, why leave out things like details and how the money will be distributed and little things like accountability, when you can vomit pretty marketing bile like “vibrant” and “diverse”. This act is getting really tired.

    These BID’s have been marketing this bullshit for the past 2 to 3 years judging from what I read in the free weeklies I pick up at the bank and reading this site. I find it amusing that all those non-profit concerns have joined forces as one “Greater Jamaica” and the recent visits by exalted establishment and naked emperor type democrats like Manifest Hillary, Mayor AirDope Big Slow, and Mario’s Son (the Henry Hill of elected officials, why do you think he hasn’t been indicted yet?) that this cash allotment has come in. Frankly, 10 million is not enough to turn this into a tourist area they want, the city has spent billions shoring up the now trendiest and hippest parts of Brooklyn. And this allotment may be pissed away in a hurry, especially in light of the Build It Back scandal. A big load of funds could wind up being spent by private contractors for their luxurious habits and tastes, like hotel suites, fancy dinners and even laundry. It’s certain that this infusion of funds will be spent and misused the same way in the dirty southeast.

    Meeks might be the luckiest bag of dicks and shit in elected office. It’s obvious what a hustler, mover and shaker he is in this town and even in DC that he’s able to get away with his dealings involving the Aqueduct racino and living in the mansion he squats in. While similar devils in his circle like Malcolm Smith, Ruben Willis and Shirley Huntley have faced charges and prison. One hopes one day we see this slob in orange doing community service cutting the jungle like high weeds on the sidewalks in his district.

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    • I did not know that the three BIDS combined until I read this drivel and bullshit , at least it saves money on three executive directors being needed, but I am sure they will find some use for that extra savings on some shit.

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