We had record crowds, street vendors and participating stores and businesses on Jamaica Avenue from 80th street to Woodhaven Boulevard. Some said it was the best ever.
When you consider all the amenities that Woodhaven offers, it's a great community. There is Forest Park, Woodhaven's backyard with the landmarked Forest Park Carousel, golf course, dog run, horse trails and bicycle lanes, all in 538 acres of beautiful parkland.
In the WBID on Jamaica Avenue there are new stores opening, including a bicycle shop to accommodate our Forest Park bike riders and a Sushi restaurant.
At our 37th annual street festival, we had our excellent support from our elected officials including Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (represented by Evelyn Cruz), State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblyman Michael Miller, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. The commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, also attended.
At a ceremony during the festival, Paul Rudolph, Jr. of Walker Funeral Home presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I thanked my staff members, Maureen Bermingham, Lisa Komninos, Krys Genelsa, Lina Gao, Megan Arfmann and Debra Cronin. We all worked very hard and it paid off.
I was also presented with a beautiful statue of a person making a graceful karate move, given to me by Imperial Dragon Hombu Dojo Sensa Myron and his students. This was to commemorate their 26th year of participating in the annual festival. Many thanks to them for this beautiful statue.
Now some important information. The City Council is considering a law that would permit dancing in bars and restaurants without obtaining a cabaret license. What do you think?
Also, the WBID and GWDC are trying to silence the elevated trains by installing whatever is needed to make them quieter. The GWDC is working very hard on the problem on Forest Parkway. It will be handled but it takes time.
I hope that you had a joyous Jewish holiday and an enjoyable Columbus Day. Remember to leave your porch lights on.
Our prayers to the victims and their families in Las Vegas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and California. It has been a sad time for them and we as Americans feel their pain.
May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD and police officers everywhere, and may God bless our America.