Jamaica JAMS to rock 10 blocks this weekend


| rmackay@queensny.org

Photo courtesy of  Cultural Collaborative Jamaica

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.

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Jamaica residents rally for more affordable housing, inclusion in area development boom


| amatua@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Angela Matua

Jamaica residents gathered at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York on Wednesday to demand that the city and developers capitalizing on the available space in the area “build it right.”

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Jamaica man sentenced to 20 years in prison on abduction charges


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A 35-year-old Queens man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for abducting a Harlem woman who died after a brutal beating by the man and his wife in December 2013.

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Ulrich: Take Trump name off Jamaica Hospital nursing center


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Property Shark/Christopher Bride

City Councilman Eric Ulrich wants the name of a certain presidential candidate with a knack for controversial statements removed from a rehabilitation facility at Jamaica Hospital.

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Companies tied to Jamaica development boom look to hire local contractors


| amatua@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo courtesy of Angela Matua

Jamaica is in the midst of a development boom, and several developers and government agencies met on Friday with local contractors to show them how to get in on the ground floor.

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Brooklyn man busted for illegally renting out stolen rental cars in Jamaica


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Inset courtesy of Port Authority Police Department

Port Authority Police slammed the brakes on a Brooklyn man’s alleged scheme to illegally rent out “zip cars” he allegedly stole from a lot at John F. Kennedy Airport.

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Jamaica arts organizations to receive $115K in funding


| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

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.

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Jamaica site with big development potential sells after bidding war 


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Ariel Property Advisors

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.

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Restoration work to enhance Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

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.

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