GJDC, COUNCILMAN LANCMAN & JAMAICA HILLS PARTNERSHIP ARE PLANNING A COMMUNITY FESTIVAL EVENT IN MAY – MAYBE THEY CALL IT “CLEAN THE FUCKING FILTHY DISGUSTING THIRD WORLD CRAP CALLED HILLSIDE AVENUE” CAUSED BY THE SLOB RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES THERE

Hillside Avenue as it looks today

REALLY, a community festival. Only if it entails people carrying brooms, mops, hoses and garbage bags to clean up the FILTHIEST DISGUSTING stretch any where in NYC.

THIRD WORLD BANGLADESHI AVENUE (formerly known as Hillside Avenue. Shove your diversity up your ASS.

Right outside shitty Yummy at corner of Hillside Ave/168th. Typical of the Hillside Ave but perfect for the low class ghetto and low class third world folks.

 

SENATOR COMRIE STATES “WE ARE SUFFERING FROM HATE CRIMES IN THE COMMUNITY” – REALLY, WHAT ABOUT THE HATE CRIMES OF ALLOWING A POISONOUS WASTE DUMP SMACK IN DOWNTOWN JAMAICA & OTHER QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES NOT BEING ADDRESSED – NOW THAT IS A HATE CRIME

Funny how you never hear the over-bloated do-nothing Leroy Comrie addressing quality of life issues in Jamaica, including his district, way back when he was Council-member for 12 years, you know issues like illegal truck driving on residential streets, illegal parking of tractor trailer trucks, the take over of Merrick Blvd by thug auto body shops who clogged our streets and sidewalks with junked and unlicensed vehicles, tons of illegal garbage dumping and the BIG ISSUE of Royal Waste, the poisonous polluting waste transfer station smack in the downtown area, near thousands of residents, including Muslims. THOSE he does not address, but he makes sure to show up at the Jamaica Muslim Center, to talk about “hate crimes” which he really is powerless on this issue, but actually can do something along with other local elected officials to address LOCAL issues like what I mentioned. BUT then that would mean he would have to actually work as oppose to speak at some PR stunt and of course to make sure he gets the Muslim votes. But if you are going to talk about “hate crimes”, why just pick out one group. What about gays, what about blacks, what about Jews, what about transgender and on and on. So if you are going to discuss “hate crimes”, why do it at a specific religious site as opposed to an open forum at a non-religious or ethnic site. VOTES, that is why.

In the meantime another local elected official, Councilman Lancman wants a grant of $25 million towards hate crimes. REALLY isn’t ALL CRIMES just that CRIMES. Doesn’t matter why it was committed, it is a CRIME period.

Seems like more of Democratic identity politics that really piss people off and creates even more division that is necessary. Between Republicans and Democrats, I don’t know who is worse for the division of people and communities. It seems like Republicans start it and Democrats just throw gasoline on the fire.

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From Times Ledger:

Jamaica Muslim Center head wants to build wall against hate

“No one should be afraid if they are the victim of a crime,” says Carmencita Gutierrez, the Queens DA’s director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs.

The Jamaica Muslim Center was packed last Friday as state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) held a Town Hall Against Hate with representatives from nonprofits and city agencies throughout New York.

“It’s important to get the information out to as diverse a community,” Comrie said. “The Jamaica Muslim Center is at the forefront of Muslim affairs in bringing peace and harmony to the community.”

He pointed out that Queens residents must have every chance to protect and defend themselves.

One of the members of the center was Kagi Oddin, 36.

“We are suffering [from hate crimes] and this kind of program is good for us,” he said. “This will create more dialogues that will benefit our community.”

Jamaica Muslim Center President Nizam Hassan opened the proceedings.

“I came here for a better education, to be a better individual,” he said. “I’ve been asked about my time here now and when I initially came to America,” Hassan said. “I said yes, we need to build a wall, a wall against hate, we need to deport hate not liberty.”

Comrie was the first panelist to address the crowd.

“It disturbs my heart the hate speech coming out of Washington, D.C.,” he said, referring to some of the comments made by President Trump and members of Congress.

Comrie added that the rhetoric was “causing a divisiveness that should never happen in this country [and it] compels me to say that we need to change the course of this country by voting.”

Comrie later said that “by doing that we can change the country from the inside out.”

Comrie emphasized that he intends on keeping New York a sanctuary city and that he will combat misinformation that creates “anxiety” and “panic” in the Muslim-American community.

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), spoke about the recent surge in anti-Semitic incidents.

“The tremendous spike in hate crimes in this city and this country has gone through the roof in the first two months,” Lancman said, referring to the period following Trump’s inauguration. “Not just Jews but Muslims as well,” he added. “All of us must work together in coalition as friends.”

“It starts with knowing what your rights are,” Lancman added.

The policy manager from the New York Immigration Coalition, Muzna Ansari, advised Muslims-Americans and immigrants how to proceed in difficult situations.

“If you are an undocumented immigrant, you should have an emergency plan,” she said. “If ICE comes to your home, you do not have to open the door unless they have a warrant with your name on it signed by a judge.”

Ansari further explained how undocumented immigrants should respond to police officers, that they should have a person to provide legal authority over their affairs, to document improper search and seizure and what to do about a deportation notification or court warrant. She also elaborated on arrangements for minor children, travel under the new travel ban and how citizens have the right to deny giving their technical devices to airport officials.

Queens Borough Director of Community Affairs Jessica Douglas represented the mayor at the event.

“I want to relay that for those that might not have the courage to be here tonight we are here to support you,” said Douglas. “It’s only through education that we can eradicate this fear to make this community great not just with citizens, but with immigrants, too.”

The last main speaker of the night was Carmencita Gutierrez, director of the Queens District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

“District Attorney [Richard] Brown created the Office of Immigrant Affairs so that no one should be afraid if they are the victim of a crime,” Gutierrez said.

“We should not be afraid to seek help,” she added. “Just like Lady Liberty stands in the harbor to welcome all, Lady Justice, she represents justice for all.”

From Times Ledger:

Lancman leads the call for $25 million security grant

City Council members asked the city for a $25 million grant to protect community institutions from hate crimes.

City Council members gathered on the steps of City Hall last week calling for a $25 million security grant to combat the rise in hate crimes.

Members of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus, Council members, city leaders and non-profit institutions asked the city to fund a $25 million security grant to protect Jewish, Muslim and other community institutions. This comes after the NYPD announced hate crimes have gone up 55 percent from last year, the increase is being driven by a 94 percent increase in anti- Semitic hate crimes. While the rise in hate crimes has been a national trend since the election of President Donald Trump, New York City has outpaced the national rise despite the 2.8 percent drop in overall crime. Hate crimes in New York City have included bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and graffiti.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) joined Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), who led the call for the program. According to the councilmen, federal government and New York State both fund programs designed to improve safety and security at schools and day care centers at risk of being targeted in hate crime attacks. The Council members called for the creation of a companion city-funded security grant program to assist community centers and cultural institutions that are considered at risk of being targeted because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. These funds would pay for security upgrades at the institutions, including equipment and additional staffing.

The existing federal and state programs focuses mainly on school security, but the coalition of city leaders and nonprofits called for city funding that would focus on community centers, cultural institutions, and advocacy organizations. The program would be open to institutions that face a higher risk of being targeted in hate crimes.

“I am proud today to stand with my colleagues in the City Council to call on the city to make this crucial investment in a security grant program that will help protect at-risk locations,” Lancman said. “In the face of rising anti-Semitism and hate crimes in New York City, we must take action to best ensure the security of at-risk NYC community centers and cultural institutions. The security grant program will be an essential resource to keep New Yorkers safe.”

Council member Mark Levine (D- Manhattan), chair of the Jewish Caucus, said institutions being targeted for hate crimes need additional funds for security.

“We are here today to respond to an unprecedented rise in hate crimes across New York City,” he said. “Though there are state and federal programs to enhance security for at-risk schools and day-care centers, our city’s community centers and cultural institutions, which have been repeatedly targeted in recent months, are left with nowhere to turn for help in meeting their security needs. When hate crimes and threats occur, they are not just an attack on innocent victims, but on the values we share as New Yorkers.”

 

HILLSIDE AVENUE STILL CONTINUES TO BE A FILTHY GARBAGE STREWN DIRTY STORE FRONT THIRD WORLD COUNTRY SLUM AREA WITH GARBAGE, DIRTY RETAIL & BLOCKED SIDEWALKS

hillside-garbage12-4-16-002So who is at a fault for this disgusting stretch of Hillside Avenue, pretty much from Queens Blvd to 179th. The worst being between Merrick and 170th Street and the HORRIBLE between 168th and 170th. Hillside is a mess of litter all over, illegal garbage dumping, dirty storefronts where many owners rarely clean in front of their property and blocked sidewalks by Auto Dealers and some of the supermarkets on the North Side, which one can barely get through, especially between 167 and 168. AWFUL. No doubt the worst stretch in all of NYC and that includes Fordam in the Bronx and 125th in Harlem. Neither hold a candle to this shithole of an area.  Most of the mess surprisingly was on the North Side, community board 8 and Lancman’s area.

So who are the cuplrits:

  1. The slob Bangladeshi population here, since most all of the businesses are Bangladeshi and so are the customers.
  2. Elected officials on like Councilman Rory Lancman & Community Board 8 for the Northside & Councilman I. Daneek Miller and Community Board 12.
  3. Slob visitors passing through.
  4. DOS & NYPD for not enforcing litter laws, blocking of sidewalks by stores and blocks of sidewalks by the auto dealers.
  5. All of the Above.

All of these photos were taken on a Sunday afternoon stroll. Completely third world ghetto and disgusting. Doesn’t even look like America, well the new shitty America.

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Just look at this fucking mess of a street!!!!

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HISTORIC JAMAICA HILLS HOSPITAL MAY BE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITH SUPPORTING HOUSING – SOUNDS LIKE SOME GHETTO PROJECT HOMELESS SHELTER TO MANY

Though the proposal has not been voted on, the powers to be will not be  happy until they turn the entire SE Queens area into one big homeless shelter and low life community with hood rats running around reeking havoc all over the damn place.

While the talk is for affordable housing, the building if the proposal gets approved will also be supportive housing, the operative word is “supportive housing” which can house mentally ill, drug addicts and homeless. And we know what that would mean for he surrounding area. FUCKING MORE CRAP.

I mean here is this great art-moderne style building designed in 1937 and a chance to turn this into a really nice apartment building for young single professionals and families, but they want to fuck it up with this supportive housing bullshit, which just causes problems in communities. I mean where is Community Board 8 on this issue. I mean, the affordable part is fine, we need more affordable apartments in Queens, but to have some of “supportive housing” is an AWFUL IDEA.  I know I would not want to live in a building that has “supportive housing” and most people feel the same way.

Here are some comments from the article:

Community Board #8 should be ashamed of themselves

 

Another DeBlasio scam to get homeless off the streets. Jamaica already has the highest number of shelters in the ENTIRE city. They say affordable housing now but then once passed they change it. SCAM!!!!!

 

Also the building is loaded with asbestos, which during the renovation will blow and settle on all the people and houses in the neighborhood. Who will pay to clean that, the homeowner that’s who

 

Yes we need affordable housing but the supportive housing is a very very bad idea. We have enough crap going on in the Motel down the block which is now a homeless shelter and we in the neighborhood voted against this.

 

And my buddy in the area had this to say:

 

I’m totally on board with the commenter exposing what BS this project will be. Jamaica does not need another glorified housing project for low life’s. What I heard was that the supportive housing is supposed to be for mentally ill tenants. Sounds like this is going to be a giant homeless shelter. I’ve heard residents in Jamaica Hills are pissed about this and they should be.

 

I just don’t trust these fuckers like Councilman Rory Lancman. Ask him how many fucking supportive housing and homeless shelters he has on his block.
ENOUGH OF THIS BULLSHIT.
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From DNAInfo New York:

Historic Hospital Building Eyed for Affordable Housing in Jamaica Hills

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | December 1, 2016 3:43pm
 The long-vacant former hospital may soon be replaced by affordable and supportive housing.

The long-vacant former hospital may soon be replaced by affordable and supportive housing.

DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

QUEENS — A former historic hospital, which has sat empty in the heart of Jamaica Hills for many years, may soon be replaced by affordable and supportive housing, officials said.

Brooklyn-based Dunn Development Corp. has proposed converting the 75-year-old building, located within the Queens Hospital Center complex, into 130 affordable housing units and 75 studio apartments designated for supportive housing, according to Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), which operates 11 public hospitals in New York City.

The Art Moderne-style 10-story building at Parsons Boulevard and Goethals Avenue, known as the “T building” for once serving patients with tuberculosis, was designed in 1937 by John Russell Pope, who was also the architect of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It opened in 1941, but has not been used to treat patients for years. Recently small portions of the building have been used as hospital office space.

Over the past decade, the former Triboro Hospital for Tuberculosis has been the subject of many proposals, including turning it into market rate condominiums.

Some also pushed for its demolition, causing an outcry among architectural preservationists.

Under the proposed plan, Dunn Development will lease the building for 99 years and renovate it, setting aside 12,000 square feet for the hospital’s use, and another 8,000 square feet for use as a community facility in addition to the residential units, according to HHC and Community Board 8.

There will also be on-site social services for residents.

“We are pleased to take this important step to transform the underutilized T Building into a vibrant presence that serves the Queens community,” HHC said in a statement. “The redesign of the former Tuberculosis Hospital will offer modern, affordable, and supportive housing to help residents of the borough live successfully in the community.”

According to the HHC, rents in the building will range between:

• $865 and $1,055 for studios with applicants making $30,994 to $63,500
• $929 and $1,320 for one-bedrooms with applicants making $33,223 to $72,500
• $1,121 and $1,591 for two-bedrooms with applicants making $39,840 to $90,600
• $1,289 and $1,831 for three-bedrooms with applicants making $46,046 to $105,100

Those criteria will not apply to supportive housing where tenants are often selected based on their need for housing and ability to live independently, according to the HHC.

The project, already approved by the HHC’s Board of Directors, was also backed by Community Board 8, despite opposition from some residents of nearby Parkway Village, according to Seymour Schwartz, vice chairman of CB8.

“We are confident in the developer’s proven record of reliability and his commitment to high standards of tenant admissibility and security issues,” Schwartz said, adding that the board has endorsed the plan on condition that the planned community space will provide a variety of programs and activities for residents of all ages.

The proposal still has to be approved by the City Council, according to Schwartz and HHC.

Councilman Rory Lancman, whose support will be pivotal for the project, declined to comment through his spokeswoman.

It was not immediately known when the City Council will vote on the project.

 

MORE JAMAICA IRONY: PANEL AT FLAKE’S CHURCH YAMMERS ABOUT OVER POLICING IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES WHERE THREE SHOOTINGS/KILLINGS TOOK PLACE RIGHT NEAR THE CHURCH

I get so tired of hearing about over-policing in minority communities including black communities like Jamaica from white liberal Democrats like Councilman Lancman, who lives in a nice community on a nice block where shootings are probably unheard of. WELL, does it ever occur to Lancman that the majority of crimes happen in minority neighborhoods, especially black communities like South Jamaica or does that fact just get shoved under the politically correct carpet. Lancman also forgot to mention that just this past Sunday right near Flakes’s Money Kingdom church a person was shot to death (who happened to kill someone in 2001 not far from this spot) and that three killings took place in this same area by this church this year, one being a deli owner. See https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/murderous-jamaica-hood-rat-36-year-old-niheen-donigan-meets-the-grim-reaper-as-he-gets-shot-to-death-on-notorious-jamaica-corner-a-few-blocks-from-rev-flakes-church/

He went on with this convoluted logic. Lancman said some 2,000 summons are issued every year for riding bikes on sidewalks in Bedford Stuyvesant, but in affluent Park Slope the number is only eight. AND Lancman in the past two years how many shootings/killings took place in Park Slope and then tell me how many took place in Bed-Stuy. Also do you know the actual number of people riding bikes on sidewalks in Park Slope, because you know statistics and facts would be nice in this kind of debate.

AND that is why over policing takes place in these kind of areas due to over criminal activity.

Can we be fucking REAL for a change. Because if we don’t, nothing gets solved and ghettos like Jamaica continue to stay GHETTO because of this type of bullshit spearheaded by white liberal Democrats who have no idea what it is like to live in a community like Jamaica or any other community of color but yet they are going to tell the rest of us who live in such shit communities.

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From Times Ledger:

Panel at A.M.E Cathedral says city’s justice system weighted against minorities

Councilman Rory Lancman joined a panel of experts on reforming the criminal justice system.

The Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral in Jamaica hosted a panel discussion Saturday on the criminal justice system to examine the roots of the issues facing communities of color.

Among the topics were over policing, stop and frisk, mass incarceration, the “blue wall” and bias in the court system against minorities. The featured panelist were City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), civil rights lawyer Royce Russell and Rainece Medley, a representative from the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Each gave their positions on the current state of the criminal justice system and then took questions from audience members.

“So many of the problems that we have in our country, social problems, mental health problems, economic problems, have over the course of a few decades been turned more and more into policing problems,” Lancman said. “On the issue of mental health, about 40 percent of the people in Rikers Island at any given time have a mental health diagnosis. Some of them might also be legitimate criminals. The fact is that we have no real system in New York for dealing with people who have mental health issues that puts them out in the street and puts them in a situation where their only interaction with government is going to be a police officer.”

Lancman also spoke about how over policing is largely focused on minority neighborhoods and then turns young kids into criminals.

He pointed out that in the past a police officer may have reprimanded a young person to stop riding his bike on the sidewalk or to leave the park after dark, but now many people in certain communities are being given criminal summonses to appear in criminal court.

“Failure to appear results in a warrant for your arrest and it’s to the point where in New York City we have over a million open arrest warrants for people who didn’t appear in criminal court for these low-level, quality-of-life offenses. If you look, it’s not very mysterious, who is getting these criminal summons. Where is the focus of this low level criminal enforcement falling upon? It’s in communities of color.”

For example, Lancman said some 2,000 summons are issued every year for riding bikes on sidewalks in Bedford Stuyvesant, but in affluent Park Slope the number is only eight.

Medley spoke about what people should do if they have an unpleasant encounter with police. CCRB investigates and mediates complaints from the public about misconduct by NYPD officers. It handles complaints about excessive force, abuse of authority, discourtesy and offensive language. She encouraged anyone who has experienced misconduct to file a complaint so that investigations can begin.

But, much to the displeasure of the audience, she told them the CCRB holds only so much power. When CCRB finds that an officer committed misconduct the case is turned over to the police commissioner, who has the sole authority to impose discipline. They were reminded, though, that CCRB is able to document complaints and leaves a paper trail that might be useful in the future.

“The value in CCRB is that you need to start to have a record,” Russell said. “If a person choked you one time and got away with it, the likelihood that they’ll do it again is very, very high. And if you skip the process of CCRB, then the record may not be made for which someone else …. in another time, another borough who may come to contact with that officer.”

He said the CCRB by compiling a record can make a small case stronger.

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at gmartinez@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Posted 12:00 am, October 31, 2016

REALLY, JAMAICA GETS THIS EXCITED ABOUT A FEW CRAPPY STORES ON SUTPHIN BLVD GETTING A MAKE-OVER – YES, THE BAR IS SET SO LOW IN THIS COMMUNITY

Maybe I have been in this shitty ghetto community too long and look forward to ending the blog and focusing on getting out of the area, but I mean really folks, this is what fucking Jamaica get excited about, making over storefronts of crappy stores. I mean isn’t that the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig, except a pig is much cleaner than Jamaica. Granted these few stores on Sutphin Blvd below crappy Hillside Ave look better than they did, but you know what, it still is the same shit stores.

Of course the typical crew of elected officials and community leaders were on-board for the “big” ribbon cutting ceremony. I guess the bar is so damn low in this community that this is considered “a big deal”. In the meantime, garbage is still all over the damn place, including around the corner from this, where ghetto folks keeps dumping garbage like the low-life folks they are.

Sutphin Garbage

Must have been a real slow news day, since NY1 did a story on this crap (www.ny1.com/nyc/queens/news/2016/07/27/sutphin-blvd–stores-get-big-facelift.html)

Yes, it is time to end this all soon and make my plans that I put on hold previously when I had planned on ending the blog last year.

Really folks, this gets your private parts wet. SAD.

I am totally over ghetto Jamaica.

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From Queens Courier:

Photo courtesy of Council Member Rory Lancman.

Photo courtesy of Council Member Rory Lancman.
Council Member Lancman and members of the community gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate Sutphin Boulevard’s new look.

A new look is coming to Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, with many store fronts receiving a makeover.

Council Members Rory Lancman and I. Daneek Miller joined the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District and Commissioner Greg Bishop of Small Business Services (SBS) Wednesday, to unveil the new facades at F&S Discount and Variety and several other stores.

“It’s crucial for New York City to do everything possible to support our small businesses, and I’m pleased the partnership between Small Business Services and the Sutphin BID has resulted in storefront improvements for so many in Queens,” Council Member Rory Lancman said in a statement Thursday. “Our area is lucky to have unique stores filled with hard-working business owners, and I look forward to continuing to work with our local leaders to see how to best serve our small businesses.”

The Sutphin Boulevard BID received a $95,000 Neighborhood Challenge Grant from SBS in 2015 as the only organization in Queens to get this funding. Through the grant, local small businesses were able to to revitalize their facades to provide a more attractive and welcoming environment for the community they serve.

Photo courtesy of Council Member Rory Lancman.

Photo courtesy of Council Member Rory Lancman office

Small businesses are the economic building blocks of our neighborhoods, and SBS is committed to helping them start, operate and grow throughout the City,” Bishop said in his statement.  “We are empowering communities to improve commercial corridors through our grant programs, which provide direct financial support to local organizations that in turn, are improving storefronts and stimulating more commercial investment.“

The Sutphin Boulevard BID is working with Council Members and SBS to completely rejuvenate the storefronts along Sutphin Boulevard. The BID recommends storefront guidelines to interested business owners that include improving awnings, security gates, signage, lighting and storefront windows.

 

JAMAICA FORESEES FORWARD STRIDES IN DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT- PLEASE TELL ME WHAT DAMN STRIDES

What damn strides. Large tractor trailer & private waste trucks still drive on residential streets (and none should be on Jamaica Ave unless for local business). These same trucks park illegally on our streets. Illegal garbage dumping is still a BIG PROBLEM  not being addressed. No new quality or retail has come into the area recently. Homeless shelters still make a mess of the downtown area. The downtown area is a congested mess.

TALK TALK TALK. That is the only strides, bullshit talk by bullshit elected officials.

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From Queens Times Ledger:

Jamaica foresees forward strides in downtown development

After years of protracted conversations about development in downtown Jamaica, many of the players who have been pushing for more robust investment in the neighborhood say change is in the air.

“You just plug along, project by project,” City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), said. “And five years later, it’s a whole new neighborho­od.”

About 86,000 pedestrians travel through downtown Jamaica on any given day, while more than 200,000 pass through via the Long Island Railroad and 49,000 people use the subways each day. There are 49 different bus lines.

The area connects New York transit riders to John F. Kennedy International Airport via the AirTrain, which 16,000 people use every day. Despite this traffic, business leaders, community members and elected officials contend the downtown often loses revenue to other neighborhoods for a variety of reasons, including a lack of amenities and services.

“We’ve been seen as an outer ring or an afterthought, and it’s nice to see that the city has done a few things to start innovation in this space and build out,” Rhonda Binda, the executive director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District, said. “We already have the foundation. We already have the bones.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has been a proponent of downtown Jamaica development during her tenure. Last year she formed the Jamaica NOW Action Plan. The plan proposes 26 actions to be completed in the next five years that will spur Jamaica development. One proposed action is to install free Wi-Fi service along the Jamaica corridor, which Katz said would be available this summer.

“I think that Jamaica has the infrastructure for expansion and investment,” she said. “Jamaica, Queens, is a hub of culture and tourism and job creation. We want to make sure it was given the tools to provide for the future.”

Proposed residential developments have been announced at an accelerated rate in recent years. The Crossing at Jamaica Station, to be located at the intersection of Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard, across the street from the AirTrain/LIRR station, will contain 580 proposed residential units and three floors of retail space. BRP Companies filed a permit with the city in June 2015 to develop the property. U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) said the The Crossing was a vital part to area development.

“It sends the message that Jamaica is building and the opportunities are there,” he said. “I’ve always said we were a transportation hub, but you can’t be a transportation hub without the retail and the development.”

There is also increased hotel development in the area. Able Management, a New Jersey-based developer, intends to build a 26-story Hilton Garden Inn at the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue, with completion of construction scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017. A Flushing developer also plans to put up a two Marriott Hotels at the corner of Archer Avenue and 149th Street. The Hilton would contain 210 rooms. while the two Marriotts would contain more than 330 rooms.

A residential/retail development originally intended for 168th Street and 90th Avenue was delayed earlier this year. Greater Jamaica Development Corp., an organization created to encourage public and private investment in the neighborhood, owned the land and partnered with Blumenfeld Development Group in 2013 to construct a 160,000-square-foot retail store with a parking garage.

In February, Hope Knight, Greater Jamaica Development Corp’s president, announced it was issuing a general request for proposals for the location and that Blumenfeld was no longer the property’s developer. Knight said a number of newly announced residential and retail developments, including a new Burlington Coat Factory at Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street, changed the perspective on what was needed at the 168th Street location.

“I still believe we would like to have some retail anchor on that corridor on 168th Street,” she said. “But the urgency is not the same given that other retailers have come.”

Meeks said he liked the idea of having a large anchor tenant occupy the space, but also said there was also an opportunity for mid-size box retail in downtown Jamaica, saying that smaller stores might be more appropriate along Jamaica Avenue.

Binda likened the downtown area to a “sleeping giant” of massive untapped potential, despite a dearth of amenities that was being addressed with increased public and private investment. Binda said it would be vital to improve the infrastructure of Jamaica Avenue and ensure that Jamaica’s transportation options benefit residents living and working within the surrounding area, in addition to commuters from Long Island or JFK Airport.

“We are four separate transportation hubs that don’t necessarily serve the downtown community to get around the downtown community as we’re expanding,” she said, referring to the corner of 179th Street and Hillside Avenue, the bus station on Merrick Boulevard, the Jamaica Center subway and bus station, and the LIRR station with additional taxis, buses and subways. “We need those amenities from the city that are finally coming here and, in some cases, coming here first.”

Katz said the infrastructure inherent to the community made the renewed focus on Jamaica particularly primed for success.

“It all fits,” she said. “It’s the right time, the right plan and the right place.”