GatewayJFK (formerly known as the JFK IBID) is where logistics and cargo, hotel, food service, retail, other industries, and a lively community, call home. We are a Business Improvement District in Southeast Queens that is home to over 600 businesses and 150 single family households. Our mission is to create a space in New York where the air cargo businesses can expand, thrive and be a good neighbor.

GatewayJFK sends 745 meals to frontline workers; supports local restaurants

During the week of April 27th, 2020 GatewayJFK sent 745 meals from restaurants in our neighborhood to frontline workers at Jamaica Hospital, the MTA, DSNY, Wildcat Sanitation Services, the NYPD, and the Port Authority Police Department.

To provide the meals, GatewayJFK partnered with 5 anchor restaurants in their neighborhood; Rockaway Plaza Delicatessen, New Castle Deli & Grocery, Boulevard Deli & Grill, Patriots Deli & Grill, and Jamaican Flavors Restaurant & Bakery. In addition to donating meals as a way to say “thank you” to frontline workers, GatewayJFK launched the effort as a way to help keep local restaurants open and keep their staff working.

“Before COVID-19 our neighborhood had 8,000 workers, but with the stay-at-home orders in effect we became concerned that our restaurants would have trouble staying in business until things got back to normal,” said Scott Grimm-Lyon, Executive Director of GatewayJFK  “Having great places to go for lunch is key to attracting businesses to the area, and an important amenity for building community for both residents and workers.”

GatewayJFK got the idea after they saw similar efforts by the Sunnyside Shines BID and the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. GatewayJFK is a public/private partnership that is dedicated to making a 215-acre commercial and industrial district along Rockaway Blvd. a clean and safe space to live in, work in, and invest in. “Donating meals seemed like a great way to make sure our local restaurants stayed in the black, and to offer gratitude to people putting their health at risk and working very hard through this crisis.” Grimm-Lyon said.

Over 400 of the meals went to workers at Jamaica Hospital, covering lunch on their Wednesday April 30th day and Dinner for their Friday May 1st evening shift. In addition to hospital workers, GatewayJFK made a special effort to say thank you and donate a meal to frontline workers who have not taken center stage during this crisis. Superintendent John Addeo of the DSNY Queens 13 garage said “Our workers signed up to help the city, and we’re proud to serve so thanks are not necessary, but it’s nice to be seen and appreciated.” Lt. John Ryan of the Port Authority Police Department also said his staff was happy to be included on the list of frontline workers, and John Hein of the MTA JFK Bus Depot thanked the organization for remembering and recognizing them.

In addition to sending meals to frontline workers, GatewayJFK has provided direct outreach to over 350 businesses in the district and offered assistance in navigating government grant and assistance programs related to COVID-19. GatewayJFK is committed to connecting our businesses to resources from all levels of government. If you woudl like assitance, or have any questions, please email our executive Director Scott Grimm-Lyon at

2nd Annual Spring Cleanup:

4.2 Tons of Trash Removed from GatewayJFK

As our customs brokers, freight forwarders, and other workers at GatewayJFK start to return from lockdown they might be surprised to see their neighborhood looking fresh and bright.

The neighborhood is neat and tidy because over the month of April, GatewayJFK brought in forty sanitation workers who thoroughly cleaned our district to remove 384 bags of litter and debris, weighing a total of 4.2 tons.

Dieusita Jean, the new Operations Manager at GatewayJFK oversaw the workers and made sure that the cleaning crew cleaned every street, sidewalk and median inside our 215-acre improvement area.

In addition to litter, GatewayJFK is actively removing graffiti and other eyesores from the area. In April they removed 259 stickers and illegal signs that promote “All Cash” sales of homes, or other get rich quick schemes.

This is the second year GatewayJFK has held a large spring clean-up event. In March of 2019 they removed 4.6 tons of waste from the district.

The cleanup event which had been scheduled months in advance, was able to continue despite the New York State lockdown, because sanitation workers are considered an essential part of the economy. Workers were encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks at all times.

Workers for the cleanup are employees of Wildcat Services. Wildcat Services is a nonprofit that provides transitional employment and vocational training to public assistance recipients, justice-involved individuals and residents of homeless shelters. Wildcat’s staff, recognizable in their bright green shirts; will continue to work in the district on a weekly basis to provide street and sidewalk cleaning, trash removal, graffiti removal, and landscaping services.

To help in our efforts to keep the neighborhood clean, safe and vibrant GatewayJFK encourages our workers and residents to use the GatewayJFK Quality of Life tool. This mobile friendly application helps workers and residents report issues in the area including illegal dumping, graffiti, potholes, landscaping issues, flooding, downed telephone poles, and abandoned vehicles. This tool helps GatewayJFK track the problems in the community, determine how to direct our resources and improve response times from government agencies.

If you experience quality of life issues near your business or home, please report them on our website at; or contact Dieusita Jean, Operations Manager at 516-730-3400 or by email at
Report a Quality of Life Issue Now

JFK Redevelopment Program
Virtual Business Card Exchange
Wed. May 13th

JFK Redevelopment Program
Virtual Business Card Exchange
Wed., May 13th, 4pm-5:15pm
The Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation and the JFK Redevelopment Program for the 1st Virtual Business Card Exchange!

As JFK goes under redevelopment, there will be many contracts and opportunities for small businesses to participate in the redevelopment process. Participants in the Virtual Business Card Exchange will discuss the essentials needed to prepare business for working with the Port Authority and Terminal Developers, plus opportunities for MWBE businesses. Participants will meet the Terminal Developers, get updates and answers from JFK.
Register for the Virtual Business Card Exchange

COVID-19 Resources

GatewayJFK hopes that all of our Members and Friends are well and doing their best to weather the disruptions being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

GatewayJFK has published resources on our web page to help our businesses navigate the rules and assistance programs that are in place at this time.

We understand that it is difficult for many of our businesses right now to navigate and stay on top of all the news related to small business relief programs. We here at GatewayJFK are committed to connecting our businesses to resources from all levels of government, if you have any questions please reach out to Executive Director Scott Grimm-Lyon at
Find COVID-19 Resources Here

GatewayJFK in the News

Metro Airport News - May 5, 2020 Queens Courier/ - May 8, 2020

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