The report included 100th Street to Forest Parkway, which does not include the WBID area from Forest Parkway to Dexter Court (114 stores). The area analyzed was very informative with important statistics.
The stores and businesses the report said are needed are apparel and electronics stores and a gym. These stores and additional restaurants have been solicited by the WBID.
There are currently 26 vacancies on an avenue of over 350 stores. Twenty-three are in the area covered by the report, while there are three additional vacancies among the 114 stores not studied.
One suggestion at the meeting was a green market, but this would be in direct competition to the many green grocers in the WBID. Also discussed was the lack of parking. The WBID fought for and secured two-hour parking so that patrons would have time to shop.
Also mentioned was the lighting under the elevated train. After advocating for over 25 years, the GWDC/WBID got the Jamaica El painted, and the lighting in Woodhaven is the brightest on Jamaica Avenue. Borough President Melinda Katz and Ulrich have also funded new LED lighting.
The WBID thanks the councilman for sponsoring the analysis, and QEDC executive director Seth Bornstein, who coordinated this comprehensive report. The statistics and economic direction of QEDC proves the WBID is on the right track.
I received great news that a 99 cent store is being replaced by a ladies apparel store. More about this next week.
The Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony was great for everyone that attended, and the young and young at heart enjoyed this evening. Attending were GWDC president and master of ceremonies Stephen Esposito and State Senator Joseph Addabbo.
Unfortunately, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblyman Michael Miller and I were not in attendance because of illness and unable to share in the great evening of beautiful weather and the beautiful people of Woodhaven.
The menorah, which you can see in our second-floor window was lit. Incidentally, this year Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve. Then Santa and Mrs. Claus and all the costumed characters counted down to the lighting of the beautiful Christmas tree to a huge roar of delight.
The next day, the WBID-sponsored "Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade" took place with beautiful classic cars, Franklin K. Lane marching band, Girl and Boy scouts, St. Thomas Academy, Historical Society, GWDC/WBID, and Santa and Mrs. Claus on the beautiful 100-year-old antique sleigh.
On Sunday, the WBID sponsored a free trolley along Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th street for shopping convenience. The trolley will return on Sunday, December 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Remember the WBID will take free pictures with Santa and friends in Forest Parkway Plaza on December 10 and December 17 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The WBID brings you all of these events throughout the year to encourage you to shop locally at the small businesses that give back to the community.
May God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our NYPD and police officers everywhere, and may God bless our America.