So now that the weather is mild, shop your Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. As you know, it has been a very difficult economy, especially for our small shopping strips the last few years. This difficulty is also being felt by the big stores.
It has been stated that the sale of Christmas decorations and cards have been placed out too early. This acceleration, although early, is a result of all of the bigger box stores setting the pace for our little commercial strips. It is becoming increasingly difficult for our stores and businesses to compete.
Although our little Woodhaven offers good prices, two-hour parking and personalized assistance in our small hometown atmosphere, we still have to compete with every big store and Internet shopping. This is why your WBID, comprised of your store and business owners, do so much to keep your money here locally.
For the Holidays, the WBID will have holiday lights from Dexter Court to 100th Street and holiday music. Our WBID streets will be clean as always and 99% graffiti vandalism free. To give our local shopping a boost, Saturday November 28, has been designated Small Business Saturday, and we are encouraging you to “Shop Small” at our personalized stores and not at impersonal malls.
So with the holidays fast approaching, next Saturday our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Woodhaven Business Improvement District encourage you to eat out or order in from one of our great Jamaica Avenue restaurants. Shop locally next Saturday and every day with all of our restaurants and shopping within walking distance.
Our Jamaica Avenue shopping strip is the backbone of our community, and the fact that we have a commercial strip means we have a strong tax base which supports all of our Woodhaven.
This is one of the reasons that the proposed Select Bus Service (SBS) will affect our community so detrimentally, for it will close off the entrance to Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard by eliminating the left-hand turn.
This detour will place all of this traffic that ordinarily would go onto our Woodhaven’s commercial strip onto Woodhaven’s residential streets. This will be very dangerous and place our children, our elderly and all of our residents at risk. This will also deny potential shoppers car access as they have had for decades to our Jamaica Avenue shopping strip.
The SBS will also mean losing parking spaces on our side streets to accommodate this extra traffic. Another dangerous situation will occur when boarding these busses, for boarding will take place on the center island of Woodhaven Boulevard. There is nothing good in this SBS plan for Woodhaven.
In my last article I spoke of a meeting with Nicole Garcia, Queens commissioner of the Department of Transportation, with the community of Woodhaven. When this date is confirmed it will be widely publicized so that we may have a strong turnout. Let us be assured that the decision made on SBS today will affect Woodhaven for many decades to come.
We are working very hard planning our WBID-sponsored holiday activities. Our Forest Parkway Plaza will again have the beautiful artificial tree that we had last year. It was more then 28 years ago that we planted our award-winning tree that Sandy took down. Let us take care of our special new Woodhaven tree so that this one will also last 28 years or more.
Mark your calendars for Friday December 4, at 6:30 p.m. for the Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony and Saturday, December 5, at noon for the Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade. We will have many groups marching this year, including the WRBA. So show up and march with us.
Finally, with deep sadness our hearts go out to our good ally France at this time of their terrible loss of life. This sadness and loss caused by the same cowardly terrorists that brought our America the tragedy of 9/11. These barbarians are trying to destroy the civilized countries of the world and our way of life, but be assured, they will not succeed for we will destroy this evil scourge.
Fly our American flag proudly above all others. May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD and may God bless America.