In partnership with the Department of Sanitation for New York and the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Woodhaven BID hosted a tabling event on June 29 to help encourage businesses and residents to keep Jamaica Avenue clean on.
The group set up in front of the BID office at 89-07 Jamaica Ave. Woodhaven from noon to 4 p.m and handed out informational flyers on recent changes to garbage collection times, reminders for residents to pick up after their dogs and complimentary reusable bags from the Woodhaven BID and DSNY.
There were also a limited number of dog-bone pet waste dispensers and bags handed out to passersby.
“I believe that one of the priorities for us to ensure that we’re having a viable commercial district is to make sure that people know that littering is never a good thing to do,” said John Perricon, director of the Woodhaven BID. “We need to make sure that our business owners have clean spaces so they can attract as many customers as possible.”
Perricone was joined by Omayra Torres, Woodhaven BID’s program manager; Shreya Uppal, outreach liaison at the Queens Chamber of Commerce; James McClelland, district manager for Community Board 9; and Raimondo Graziano, chief of staff for Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr.
With the U.S. Open returning to Queens in August, Uppal handed out flyers to those interested in the possibility of working in the tennis championships. She also recognized the importance of helping the community maintain clean streets, especially for the small businesses that exist along Jamaica Avenue.
On top of the friendly reminders to limit street trash, the Woodhaven BID also handed out stickers to mark garbage cans appropriately.
Perricone wanted to emphasize that the BID is here to help.
“Whatever way we can make it easier for the business owners to operate is really what we’re gonna do,” Perricone added.
The Woodhaven BID covers all properties facing Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street.