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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.

Spring Cleanup removes 4.6 tons of trash from GatewayJFK neighborhood.

On Wed. March 20th and Thursday March 21st GatewayJFK, held our first Spring Cleanup to beautify the commercial and residential corridor along Rockaway Blvd. near JFK Airport. Ten workers swept every street, sidewalk and median in the 215-acre district to remove 238 bags which is estimated to be 4.6 tons of garbage from the neighborhood.
 
The cleanup was performed by Wildcat Services who provide 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.
 
“This is the perfect time to hold this event.” Said Scott Grimm-Lyon, Executive Director of GatewayJFK. “Spring Cleaning helps us enjoy the nice weather and with a clean neighborhood, the workers and residents of the area can now take pride in their community and feel like this is a place that’s cared for, healthy, and economically sound.”
 
Due to the commercial nature of the neighborhood, GatewayJFK has often been the victim of extensive littering and illegal dumping. But GatewayJFK is confident that by keeping the streets clean, and by tracking and reporting issues in the neighborhood they will create a noticeable improvement.

GatewayJFK has also developed a quality of life tool to help workers and residents report issues like flooding, downed telephone poles, abandoned vehicles, and illegal dumping on their website at gatewayjfk.org. The tool helps track the problems in the community and improve response times from government agencies. “We help our members by navigating government relationships and spending our staff time to solve problems that they may not have time to deal with,” said Grimm-Lyon.
 
GatewayJFK is dedicated to making the area a clean and safe space to live in, work in, and invest in. The efforts toward beautification are just the first step in a larger vision. “We’ve been working with NYPD to help fight illegal dumping, and we’re also conducting a full traffic study of the area” Grimm-Lyon said “This will help us figure out ways for workers, residents, and trucks to all live together, and it will give us a vision of what the area can look like in the future.” 

First Round of Banners put up in GatewayJFK

In March, twenty banners with the GatewayJFK logo were put up along Rockaway Blvd. and throughout the surrounding neighborhood streets.

It's estimated that 57,000 people traveling to and through the district will be able to see the banners every day. GatewayJFK's long term plans revolve around Placemaking and the banners are a key step in helping the airport community, the business community, the political community, and the residents of Southeast Queens get to know the neighborhood as a dynamic corridor.

GatewayJFK is seeking sponsors to help install a second round of banners in June of this year. Each sponsor will have their company logo displayed for one full-year on the lower portion of the banner. The logo will make up to . Sponsoring a single banner will cost $1000.00, and sponsoring 3 or more banners will cost $750.00 per banner. GatewayJFK is a 501 c3 not for profit organization and all sponsorships are tax-deductible.
 
If you’re interested in becoming a banner sponsor please contact Scott Grimm-Lyon the Executive Director of GatewayJFK at 516-730-3400 or by email at scott@gatewayjfk.org.
 

Repairs begin on 400 Potholes & Other Issues reported to NYC for Repair.

A crew from NYC DOT repairs potholes on Rockaway Blvd. in March 2019.
Last month GatewayJFK documented and reported 412 quality of life issues to the City including 173 potholes, 104 sidewalk or curb conditions, 83 other street conditions, 33 requests for street trees, 7 low hanging wires or other utility issues, 4 broken bollards, 3 abandoned vehicles, and 5 locations of illegal dumping.

New York City work crews have been busy in the neighborhood responding to the reports and GatewayJFK is working with the NYC DOT to track and monitor the status of repairs.

“We are going to have the City fill every single pothole, plant a tree in every empty tree pit, and fix the other problems with our streets and sidewalks.” said Scott Grimm-Lyon, Executive Director of GatewayJFK.

Due to the commercial nature of the neighborhood, which includes a lot of heavy truck traffic, potholes are an ongoing problem. This is the first effort GatewayJFK has made to report all potholes in the district at once, and work with the city to implement district wide repairs. Once the initial round of repairs are complete, GatewayJFK plans to continue tracking and reporting issues in the neighborhood.

To help in these efforts GatewayJFK has developed a quality of life tool to help workers and residents report potholes and other issues including flooding, downed telephone poles, abandoned vehicles, and illegal dumping on their website at gatewayjfk.org.

The tool helps GatewayJFK track the problems in the community and improve response times from government agencies. “We help our members by navigating government relationships and spending our staff time to solve problems that they may not have time to deal with,” said Grimm-Lyon.

 
Report Potholes or other Quality of Life Issus Here!

Take our Traffic Study Survey!

In January, GatewayJFK began working with the engineering firm Philip Habib & Associates (PHA) on Phase 1 in the development of a comprehensive transportation plan. Now PHA is conducting a survey to gather input from people who live, work, and own a business in the area. There are three separate surveys for people who manage a business, work, and/or live in Springfield Gardens/GatewayJFK area.

If you manage a business you can take the survey here.

If you work in the area you can take the survey here.

If you live in the area you can take the survey here.
 
The plan will look at all of the ways our businesses, employees and residents use the local streets and it will make recommendations on ways we can improve mobility, help traffic congestion, improve safety for pedestrians and vehicular traffic, find solutions to truck circulation and overnight parking, and improve employee and residential parking. 

Plans for Wider Van Wyck Taking Shape

An additional travel lane and noise barriers are features of a proposed plan to expand the Van Wyck Expressway. Image from NYS DOT
In March, GatewayJFK submitted comments to the NY State Dept. of Transportation about the potential impacts of of a plan to widen/increase capacity on the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678).

GatewayJFK expressed support for the concept of reducing congestion on the VWE, and also expressed concerns about the potential harm to trucking in the area during the estimated 5 year period of construction.

GatewayJFK urged the State to make special considerations to insure that the flow of commercial traffic is impacted as little as possible during construction and reminded engineers and officials that due to multiple restrictions the VWE is the only option for nearly 50% of Air Cargo traffic (including 53-foot tractor trailers which are legally limited to only use the VWE as an access route between JFK Airport, the LIE and I-95).

GatewayJFK  encouraged project planners to think outside of the box and consider ways that the reconstruction may be able to enhance commercial vehicle use in the area and recommended that planners look at innovative ideas like the recently announced plan in Georgia to build a truck-only highway, and other options like a Commercial Vehicle Only lane that would work in a similar fashion to an HOV lane.

Preliminary plans for the project can be viewed at the NYS DOT project website. A video describing the project is available on YouTube. The Final Environmental Impact Statement and final plans for the project schedule will be developed over the Summer of 2019.
GatewayJFK is seeking proposals for a website and design services. Please visit our website for more information.

Help GatewayJFK Fight Illegal Dumping 

GatewayJFK is working with local business owners, residents, DSNY, and the NYPD to stop illegal dumping in the area.

GatewayJFK is working to make sure that garbage is removed from the street quickly and in a way that will have as little impact on business as possible.

If you experience illegal dumping near your business or home, or if you have any information related to illegal dumping in the area  please contact Scott Grimm-Lyon the Executive Director of GatewayJFK at 516-730-3400 or by email at scott@gatewayjfk.org.

GatewayJFK in the News

Airport Voice - April 2019 Issue
GatewayJFK's Spring Cleaning event was featured in the Airport Voice April 2019 issue
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