Flyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1691 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 731 times:
I live in Howard Beach, on the western side of JFK. This is one of the nicest areas in Queens, though not to far from Jamaica by car. Those of us from Queens respect Jamaica, and know where not to go at certain times of the day. Though many parts are still safe.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5439 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 707 times:
Downtown Jamaica was once a prosperous shopping and commercial area. The elevated J train along Jamaica Avenue provided easy access for shoppers and workers. Starting in the 1960's, however, some of the larger merchants began complaining about the el, claiming that it was noisy and unsightly and gave the area a bad image. Construction began soon after on the Archer Avenue subway, which would replace the el. Bowing to merchant pressure, the Transit Authority closed and demolished the el in 1977, even though the Archer Avenue line would not be ready for several years.
As things turned out, Archer Avenue did not open until 1989, leaving downtown Jamaica without any mass transit (except the more expensive and less convenient LIRR) for over a decade. During this period, the area declined markedly, losing most of its larger retailers - including, of course, most of the ones who had pressured for the el's premature demolition. There were other factors involved, such as the growth of suburban shopping districts and the general decline of many outer-borough neighborhoods, but the lack of easy transit access in the nation's most transit-dependent city surely didn't help matters.
Downtown Jamaica today is a mixed story. There has been a lot of new construction, but almost all of it is public sector, such as a federal building, a couple of courthouses, CUNY York College and a FDA laboratory. There's a recent large commercial development, with theaters and stores and the like, but it was heavily subsidized. Private developers are still reluctant to commit to the area, though there's no shortage of grandiose plans. Jamaica Avenue's shopping district is busy, but most of the stores are low-end discount places. It's possible that AirTrain, coupled with the complete renovation of the LIRR station, will help draw private development, but that remains to be seen.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
Canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2657 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 696 times:
Seems I ran into lots of people from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as all the previously mentioned internationals. Definately a colorful part of Queens, but overall I've had a great time with every visit.