Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival or JAMS attracted about 7,000 people to its debut in 1996. Since then, the annual event has grown into one of New York City’s biggest summer destinations with almost 200,000 revelers filling 10 blocks of Jamaica Avenue and enjoying live performances, fashion, arts and more than 500 vendors.
The Jamaica arts scene is receiving a boost from Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who has allocated $115,000 in discretionary funding to local arts organizations that provide theatre, music and dance programs for the community.
The site at 143-18 Liberty Ave., which previously was an auto-dealer, sold after just four months on the market, but not before a bidding war between two buyers that ultimately lead the price of the lot to to rise higher than most other sites in the area.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the National Park Service (NPS) and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) are collaborating on a project to improve the ecological health of habitats at the refuge and enhance visitor experience.