A short history of the Woodhaven BID
by Maria Thomson
Jul 31, 2013 | 535 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Can you believe we are into August already? Where did the time go? Finally the humid hot weather has passed and we are now enjoying sunny summer temperatures with low humidity.

As I have stated before, I love the summer with the warm sun that feels so good on your skin, even healing but, be warned, the sun can damage and harm your skin. So do your sunning in moderation and for short lengths of time with a good sunscreen lotion. Even if you are shopping on our WBID’s Jamaica Avenue, be careful for even with our elevated train, the sun still streams through and reflects off of the sidewalk asphalt.

As to our Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID), many have asked me about the mechanism of this program. The WBID was formed 20 years ago, an outgrowth of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation because of deteriorating appearance of our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street.

Our avenue was dirty, with graffiti-vandalized gates and storefronts appearing dark and dangerous. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation had prior to the inception of the WBID proposed new lighting for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. This project was funded and our new unique lighting was installed, facing the sidewalk instead of the street.

With this new lighting it lifted our residents sense of security. Then a small group of property owners and community leaders explored a new concept to improve our avenue. It was the formation of a business improvement district. This BID consisted of property owners voluntarily paying into a fund that would be used to improve the avenue.

It took this small group of volunteers seven years to gain approvals and to progress to the point that it was signed into law by our mayor at that time, Honorable David Dinkins. One of our founding members, Howard Strauss (owner of Ebees), on that day had all in attendance sign the picture of our mayor signing the law.

New week, more history of our WBID, and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and what they do for Woodhaven.

Note, when you sit on a bench in Forest Parkway Plaza area know it was the GWDC that placed it there. So Shop our Woodhaven’s WBID all along the 25 blocks of Jamaica Avenue, our Everything Avenue, where we are taking care of business, and rest on the GWDC benches in our Forest Parkway Plaza area.

Congratulations to our 102nd Precinct Commanding Officer, Captain Henry Sautner now Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner. A well-deserved promotion at our professional 102nd Precinct.

George Seuffert Bandshell

• Sunday, August 4, 5 p.m.

Queens Symphony Orchestra Presents Patriotic Tunes and Popular Classics

• Thursday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.

Charlie Thomas’ Drifters

Spend an evening listening to the Golden Years of The Drifters featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Charlie Thomas!



Highland Park near Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street.

• Tuesday, August 6, 8 p.m.

Movies Under the Stars featuring the The Lorax

• Wednesday, August 7, 7:00 PM

Hey Dango

Children and adults will enjoy this interactive supersonic dance party about three space explorers and one wacky fun-loving alien named Dango.

May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and disabled veterans and may God bless our America.

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