greater jamaica development corporation

Jamaica residents, culture featured as ‘unsung greats’
Jamaica residents, culture featured as ‘unsung greats’
Southeast Maggie Hayes 11/26/2013 at 1:22PM

The development of downtown Jamaica is no longer limited to new buildings and facilities. A website dedicated to revealing community art and neighborhood loyalty is making a buzz. Queens Royalty, the site launched earlier this year, came from “a desire to counteract some of the negative perception of downtown Jamaica,” said Felicia Tunnah, executive director [...]

New hotel adds to downtown Jamaica development
New hotel adds to downtown Jamaica development
Southeast Maggie Hayes 9/23/2013 at 3:26PM

Downtown Jamaica development is continuing to climb – 24 stories up– with a new, 210-room hotel. The hotel will be built at 93-43 Sutphin Boulevard, across the street from the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station, the E and J subway lines and the John F. Kennedy International Airport AirTrain. The $35 million project is [...]

Sheraton coming to Jamaica
Sheraton coming to Jamaica
Business Maggie Hayes 7/09/2013 at 10:27AM

Downtown Jamaica development is under way with the official announcement of a Four Points Sheraton hotel headed to the area. After the economic downturn of a few years ago, development and investment interest is at long last picking back up, said Laurel Brown, executive director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID). “There is [...]

Jamaica Farmers Market is back
Jamaica Farmers Market is back
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/26/2013 at 1:43PM

BY JOHANN HAMILTON Jamaica Avenue will be a getting a lot greener this summer with the return of the Jamaica Farmers Market. The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and Down To Earth Markets (DTE) is hosting the market, which is in its 39th year. It currently features four vendors: Alex’s Tomato Farm, John D. Madura Farms, [...]

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning offers space to cultural institutions
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning offers space to cultural institutions
Arts & Music Maggie Hayes 5/28/2013 at 10:39AM

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is opening its doors to the city, inviting other cultural organizations and working artists to use any of its many available performance spaces. “We began to realize that we had untapped resources that weren’t being utilized,” said JCAL’s Executive Director Carl Fields. “A lot of folks go [...]

New department store coming to Jamaica
New department store coming to Jamaica
Business Maggie Hayes 5/09/2013 at 1:52PM

Some 35 years ago, if you lived in Brooklyn or Queens and wanted to shop, Jamaica was the place to go. The retail hub has since declined, with those department stores still standing all closed. The neighborhood is looking to make a comeback with a new department store and other development. “This will build up [...]

New developments on their way to downtown Jamaica
New developments on their way to downtown Jamaica
Business Maggie Hayes 4/26/2013 at 9:51AM

Development organizations are hoping to give downtown Jamaica a face-lift by bringing an entirely new mix of stores and restaurants to cater to the needs of large businesses and residents alike. The Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District (BID), Jamaica Center BID, 165th Street MIA and Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) have been working for years [...]

Jamaica celebrates autumn at the 11th annual Harvest Festival
Jamaica celebrates autumn at the 11th annual Harvest Festival
News Maggie Hayes 10/15/2012 at 1:40PM

Jamaica went country at this year’s annual Harvest Festival hosted by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and community markets. Hundreds gathered Saturday on 160th Street under the bright sun to celebrate autumn, and indulge in baked goods, shop for fresh produce, support local merchants and watch live music and performances. There were cook-offs, cooking demos, [...]

Nonprofit brings ‘Greene’ to Jamaica
Nonprofit brings ‘Greene’ to Jamaica
Business Cristabelle Tumola 8/06/2012 at 1:07PM

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 [...]

Congressmember Meeks refutes reports of financial wrongdoing
Congressmember Meeks refutes reports of financial wrongdoing
News Liam La Guerre 8/01/2012 at 11:38AM

A local politician refuted published reports of financial wrongdoing concerning a nonprofit organization to whom he allocated millions in taxpayer money. Congressmember Gregory Meeks denied that federal authorities are investigating him for any issues with federal funds he secured for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC). Instead, he blasted a local newspaper and national group [...]