VISIONARY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF JAMAICA BID, RHONDA BINDA IS AN ASSET, TOO BAD SHE IS SURROUNDED BY TOO MANY “JAMAICA LEADERS” STILL STUCK IN “GHETTO MODE”

Rhonda Binda, the Executive Director of the Jamaica BID, who I have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with, is definitely a breath of fresh air in the Jamaica community, someone with enthusiasm, smart, a visionary who really focuses on the arts and also who lives in the community. In the below NY1 video, she states some of things that have been done under her leadership and also future plans. I mean the idea and something I have said since I moved here, is the landmark former Lowes Theatre, The Valencia, now a church with a small congregation, but still intact as a beautiful theatre (if you have not been there do check it out, it is AMAZING and I bet many have no idea it is there, what it looks like and the history), which Rhonda would like to open back up as a performance space. One of the Five Wonder Theaters built in the 20’s, Jamaica’s has always been intact. Brooklyn recently refurbished and opened up their Wonder Theatre for art performances with great results (but then Brooklyn has the kind of population that appreciates this).

Unfortunately Rhonda has her work really cut out for her. She is surrounded by do nothing, backward, ghetto vision elected officials and crooks like Malcolm Smith, Shirley Huntley, Williams Scarborough, Leroy Comrie, I. Daneek Miller, Vivian Cook, Greg Meeks and others who are so scared of eventually losing power in the ever changing demographics of Jamaica, that they continue to keep it down in ghettoville. Because, let’s face it, with changing demographics and people like myself, Pamela Hazel, Rhonda and others here and others who may come here, will boot their ghetto asses out of here based on the fact that they have all done very little to nothing since the days of do nothing Archie Spigner. Just like the days of the old white man ruling the country is changing, so is the days of out of touch, do nothing and crooked black leaders running Jamaica into the ground with their lack of vision and their “keep them down on the ghetto farm” attitude.

She also has the problem of many of the population from hood rats to some of the slob new immigrants that tend not to give a shit about the community and trash it. Case in point, the awful stretch of Hillside Avenue, that someone coined “Banglaside Ave.” due to the many dirty stores inside and out, plus the major amount of litter and trash that the slobs throw down onto the streets and sidewalks. It is a fucking mess and eyesore, not that Jamaica Avenue is that much better, while it has cleaned up it’s act a little better (less trash), the retail there is pretty much awful (with some exceptions). Way too many beauty & supply stores (13 at last count), 99 cent stores on every block, sometimes two in the same block, stores that look like someone just took a tons of boxes with crap cheap merchandise and just tossed them on the floor or outside. Then their is the awful ghetto Colosseum Mall, which looks pretty much like a flea market threw up on a third world country outdoor market. The 165th Street Mall with the great brick road is for the most part a junk mess (again a few exceptions). The food selection is mediocre to poor for the most part and really no nice decent sit down restaurants (City Rib took a dive as did Moda Grill in the same space, now it sits empty with everything ripped out). The traffic situation of tons of buses (whose idea was it to put a bus depot smack across from the Merrick Library), regular cabs, livery cabs, illegal dollar ghetto vans and big monster trucks making noise, pollution and posing safety risks to pedestrians (an elder man’s legs were crushed by a truck right next to the 103rd police station). Then you have that awful poisonous polluting Royal Waste transfer station which operates 24/7 right in the downtown area and next to hundreds of homes and apartments.

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Totally Illegal blocking of sidewalk. Pretty Girl is one of many stores on Jamaica Ave doing this. Besides making it difficult to manuever, it is low-class ghetto/third world country EYESORE.

Totally Illegal blocking of sidewalk. Pretty Girl is one of many stores on Jamaica Ave doing this. Besides making it difficult to manuever, it is low-class ghetto/third world country EYESORE.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

Come visit Jamaica Ave, home of low-class ghetto & crap third world shopping.

Come visit Jamaica Ave, home of low-class ghetto & crap third world shopping.

A few years back Jamaica BID made a big deal about this store, Cool Cats (cheap jewelry) you see in various neighborhoods, one was in the Village. Here in Jamaica it barely lasted a year and a half, now just a shit store of assorted crap inside with the loud microphone asshole in front (see this shit all on the Ave). Of course owners of this third world flea market leaves the old sign up. SO GHETTO.

A few years back Jamaica BID made a big deal about this store, Cool Cats (cheap jewelry) you see in various neighborhoods, one was in the Village. Here in Jamaica it barely lasted a year and a half, now just a shit store of assorted crap inside with the loud microphone asshole in front (see this shit all on the Ave). Of course owners of this third world flea market leaves the old sign up. SO GHETTO.

Is this an example of being on "the right track".

Is this an example of being on “the right track”.

Jamaica in the box retail

Jamaica in the box retail

Elderly man's legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

While I have said this many times and Rhonda knows this well, Jamaica has so much potential, major potential. I mean look at Jamaica in the 40’s and 50’s till it took a nosedive into ghetto land thanks to many of the people and the black gangster politicians who took advantage of the situation to line their pockets.

While I applaud Rhonda, she has her work cut out for her, but she seems to be sticking around as opposed to the former Executive Director, Laurel Brown, who had enough and high tailed it to her hood of Brooklyn to work.

The visuals in this video were awful, I do not know who was involved in the production (HOOD RAT PRODUCIONS) of this, but most everything they showed was shit empty spaces, a pawn shop (how fucking ghetto), a not so great apartment building and assorted crap retail. Where was the Jamaica Performing Arts Center or the JCAL or the old Lowe’s Wonder Theatre or the Moda Apartment Building or some of the better retail like Porta Bella or Fino. I mean what  the hell were they thinking, it defeated the whole purpose of what she was talking about. It showed Jamaica as a run down ghetto, which that is not too far off.

George the Athesist, a regular reader of this blog said:

From the Rhonda Binda interview:

4:05: the “vibrant and diverse” pawn shop
4:09: the “vibrant and diverse” wig store
4:15: the “vibrant and diverse” tattoo and body piercing emporium
7:40: the helpful “gentlemen” standing on the corner

(Just amazing that they include these visuals to accompany her interview. Seeing them makes me NOT want to ever visit Jamaica.)

BTW Would someone please explain why that highly-touted Jamaica Business Resource Center on 160th Street (across from the Jamaica Market) went “belly-up”? Politicians praised it galore; it had a yearly fund-raising gala at Manhattan venues; the US Secretary of Commerce even visited it. So what happened?

And why is that “upscale” City Rib/Moda Grill sitting vacant on Parsons Boulevard? Not enough gentrifiers in the hot and blazing Jamaica nabe yet?

Yes, Georgie Boy, I don’t get what the fuck they were thinking. But I still applaud Rhonda Binda, the only one who actually is a visionary and not a “ghettonary”.

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NEWSFLASH: Not everyone is ghetto, so stop constantly catering to that crowd.

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  1. Your posts on Rhonda Binda’s (Executive Director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District) with NY1’s Rocco Vertuccio (back in August, apparently) are very important for anyone – esp those who have not been regularly following this blog – to get a more complete idea of the real challenges that Jamaica continues to face.
    First, Rhonda is super-intelligent, energetic, versed in dealing with the business world, and as stated, someone with the tenacity to likely) stick with the job: anyone who’s met her can instantly recognize this.
    She mentioned these ‘big-scale’ projects that by my understanding have a long way to go yet before they are completed and have any impact.
    BTW, it should be noted that her ‘vision’ of a new ‘multi-use’ role for the Valencia – which has been a Pentecostal Church since 1977 – is something that has been underway for a few years in the United Palace theater on B’Way and 174th St in uptown Manhattan:
    http://www.unitedpalace.org/about-upca
    This was the last of the 5 Wonder Theaters built between 1925 and 1930, and by all accounts has been successful in its new iteration as the United Palace of Cultural Arts.
    There’s no reason the same could’nt be done with the Valencia.
    But as the video clips (inadvertantly) of downtown Jamaica show (‘Hood Rat Productions’: LMAO!), Binda – the GJDC, and the Community Board MUST get a solid handle on the totally unacceptable, basic, quality of life issues that just continue to be ignored, year after year.
    Anyone reading the online Times Ledger, for ex, whenever any article about Jamaica appears (positive or negative), can see many comments from people who had roots at one time in Jamaica, but in all cases had long-since left, because of these issues: illegal/overcrowded housing, (underreported) crime, and the final dealbreaker: almost everywhere you look – with hundreds of photos have been posted on this block in the last few years as proof – the ridiculous trash situation.
    I can’t think of a more depressing thing – in maybe the whole city – than walking the ~ 30 block stretch down Jamaica (or even worse, Hillside) Ave, the two main commercial strips, from ~ 180th to 150th: this is nothing to brag about.
    Under conditions like this, no good, national chain: either dept store or restaurant, is going to make any commitment to open a new branch in such an environment.
    The expectation is that a consistent returning customer base won’t be found here: people are just not going to make Jamaica their shopping destination, despite the ‘thousands’ of commuters that were cited as either working, or passing through.
    This is the BASIC reality that the BID, GJDC, and Comm Boards have to recognize and finally address in an effective, continuous way before anyone can really make the claim that Jamaica has finally ‘turned a corner’ and is undergoing real, visible improvement.

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