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AirTrain to temporaily shut down starting Tuesday night


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All AirTrain JFK service will be suspended system-wide, from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

During the shut down, free bus service will be provided at the following locations:

  • Jamaica Station to Federal Circle Station
  • Federal Circle Station to all airline terminals
  • Federal Circle Station to Lefferts Blvd Station
  • Long-Term Parking Lot 9 to the terminal area
  • In the terminal area

The Port Authority is advising riders to allow for extra travel time during the suspension. The schedule is subject to change and dependent on weather conditions. For updates, click here.

 

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$225M residential and retail tower coming to Downtown Jamaica


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A new mixed-use, residential and commercial $225 million building with hundreds of units is planned for Downtown Jamaica near the AirTrain, officials said.

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC), which owns the 93-01 Sutphin Blvd. site, recently announced the project and that BRP Companies, a New York-based developer, will build the tower.

On completion, the tower will have 400 residential units and at least 80,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, according to the GJDC.

The project will anchor the western end of Downtown Jamaica’s transit hub, where the AirTrain, 10 branches of the Long Island Rail Road, two subway lines and dozens of bus routes converge.

Officials are praising the project as another step in the growth of the area.

“This is an exciting day for Jamaica, and an exciting day for the entire city of New York,” said Congressmember Gregory Meeks. “This project further validates Downtown Jamaica as a prime location for private investment in transit-oriented development.”

 

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Jamaica Station celebrates 100 years


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The bustling Jamaica Station recently celebrated a century as the transportation hub of southeast Queens.

“We celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jamaica Station assured that it will continue to play a strategic role in the future of mass transit in our region,” said Thomas Prendergast, MTA Chair and CEO.

The station opened in 1913 and today takes in 150,000 daily commuters and is the transfer point for 10 of the LIRR’s 11 branches.

Jamaica Station was completely rehabilitated a decade ago, including the addition of the AirTrain terminal. Looking towards the future, the LIRR’s century-old headquarters building on Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard is going to be restored.

“We hope, with this restoration, to be here at least another 100 years,” said Helena Williams, LIRR President.

The station building is home to the oldest railroad in the country still operating under its original name. In the coming years, the MTA and LIRR are planning more than $300 million in infrastructure improvements as part of the first phase of the Jamaica Capacity Improvements Project. This phase will create a path from the station to Grand Central Terminal and East Midtown for the first time, among other additions.

The MTA Police Honor and Color Guard, railroad officials, MTA members, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) and local elected officials joined the 100th anniversary ceremony on October 23.

Carlisle Towery, GJDC President, said the station has been “key” to the organization’s efforts to revitalize the downtown Jamaica area.

“We look forward to the next 100 years of progress,” he said.

 

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Headlines from around the web


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Hero construction worker hellbent on catching Empire State Building shooter

The hero hardhat credited with helping cops track down a murderous gunman outside the Empire State Building says he was hellbent on catching the killer. NYDailyNews

Empire State Building shooting victim planned to marry long-time girlfriend

They were soulmates from the start. Steven Ercolino knew instantly that Bronx-born beauty Ivette Rivera was the one who would share his life, walk down the aisle with him, grow old beside him. “They always wanted to get married,” his brother Paul said wistfully Saturday at the family home in Warwick, Orange County. “He didn’t have a ring, I don’t think.” NYDailyNews 

Expecting arrest, State Senator Huntley does not back out of race for re-election

State Senator Shirley Huntley warned supporters in Jamaica, Queens on Saturday that she expects to be indicted and arrested on Monday but would not discuss the specific allegations. Huntley’s announcement comes almost nine months after one of her aides was charged with stealing $30,000 earmarked for a non-profit group that Huntley created. Three others were also charged. NY1

150 trapped on JFK Airtrain

The Airtrain to Kennedy Airport was shut down for several hours last night and 150 people had to be rescued from one train, authorities said. The train got stuck between Jamaica Station and the airport at around 8:35 p.m., a Port Authority spokesman said. NYPost

Queens bee keeper accused of scam

The Queens man who kept 3 million bees in his back yard has been accused of diluting his honey with corn syrup and selling more than half a ton of it to a bakery. Yi Gin Chen, 58, of Corona — who needed cops Wednesday to help round up the insects after he lost control of his 45 hives — duped a local bakery out of about $6,000 by selling it 1,200 pounds of adulterated honey last month, said Andrew Cote of the New York Beekeepers Association. NYPost 

Nonprofit brings ‘Greene’ to Jamaica


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For many commuters who travel between Long Island and Manhattan, Jamaica is just a stop along the journey. But for Dan Greene, it’s much more than a transit hub.

Greene has developed a passion for Jamaica’s economic development. He has so much interest in the area that in May he became chairman of the board of directors of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC).

Previously, he was vice chairman and has been a board member since 2007.

Greene, 54, who lives in Greenlawn, Long Island and works in the banking industry, has had many business associates in the Jamaica community. He thought that volunteering on the board was an opportunity for him to “get to know the community better.”

Greene hopes to continue to build on the decades of work the nonprofit organization has been doing since it was founded in 1967, and to improve the quality of life of southeast Queens through economic development. As chairman, it’s important for Greene and others on the board to represent the people who live and work in the community, he said.

The GJDC was one of several organizations that pushed heavily for the AirTrain terminal, which connects Jamaica Station to JFK Airport. The terminal, which opened in 2003, helped with Jamaica’s economic development. In the last several decades Jamaica has really been transformed into a pedestrian area, said Greene.

He plans on working hard to make the community more welcoming to businesses, including helping small shops become more successful and attracting big box stores and chains, such as Home Depot, Marshalls and Applebee’s, that might be a good fit for the area.

Recently, GJDC helped create retail space underneath the LIRR underpass on Sutphin Boulevard. Before, he said, it was an uninviting space. More businesses mean more jobs and more shopping options for the community, noted Greene.

The GJDC is also looking to improve the area’s residential and hospitality offerings. The former Queens Family Court on 89th Avenue and Parsons Boulevard was recently renovated and turned into 346 low, middle and market rate rental units, and there are plans for a hotel at Suphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue, near the Jamaica LIRR station.

Greene is proud of the all the work the GJDC has done, and enjoys helping Jamaica become more welcoming.

“The best thing about the job is to see the results,” he said.