By Michael V. Cusenza
With help from area residents, the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, small business owners, Community Board 9, and City Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), the Woodhaven Business Improvement District over the weekend organized its first Community Cleanup.
On Sunday, participants swept, raked, and scooped up litter along Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court down to 85th Street. The inaugural Community Cleanup joined recent graffiti removal efforts as the WBID looks to polish the historic thoroughfare during the crucial summer shopping season.
“Happy to join the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, Woodhaven BID and community members in their cleanup of Jamaica Avenue! It’s always great seeing folks volunteering to beautify their neighborhood,” Holden tweeted on Sunday. “Thanks for having me!”
According to the BID, the group achieved its goals for the event: “shining light on Jamaica Avenue’s litter plight, creating a sense of mindfulness among those who populate the avenue, bringing people together and of course improving the quality of the avenue.”