Twelve percent of stores are vacant on the busiest shopping streets in Queens, according to a report released today by Rep. Anthony Weiner.
The report studied shopping strips in ten Queens neighborhoods, most of which are small and locally-owned businesses. And its findings are not good.
One in 5 stores are closed or closing in Woodhaven and Rego Park's busiest shopping strips, Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard respectively. On Jamaica Avenue the total number of vacant storefronts is 73.
“Small businesses are the backbone of New York City’s economy, and they have borne the brunt of our nation’s recent downturn,” Weiner said. “Helping small business owners get back on their feet should be our number one priority.”
A total of 1716 stores were surveyed in ten Queens neighborhoods--Rockaway, Rego Park, Flushing, Woodhaven, Forest Hills, Jamaica, Sunnyside, Astoria, Glendale and Bayside--and of these, 206--12 percent--were closed or closing, according to Weiner's report.
Uh, wait a minute...
"Greetings -- longtime fan of QC --
Anthony Weiner's office issued a report showing Woodhaven with an alarming 20% vacancies along Jamaica Avenue. Some of this stemmed from some confusion over where the boundaries are between Woodhaven and Richmond Hill -- the rest is just a really crappy report. Woodhaven has under 10% vacancies which puts them in comparatively decent shape.
Here are some details -- along with an explanation how they did the same thing last year - except last year they were off by 15% -- so there's been progress!
Last night at our Woodhaven Town Hall meeting, a representative from Weiner's office admitted the report was incorrect and promised that a correction would be issued shortly. The problem is that his original press release is being used in a bunch of stories and causing some heartburn. Would you consider posting something to help beat back this crappy report?
I hope this message finds you well."
Edward K. Wendell
President - Woodhaven Residents' Block Association
One more time...
"Anthony Weiner has quietly corrected his report online -- now it's Richmond Hill (instead of Woodhaven) that gets the bad news....
Thus far, no correction has been noted as far as we can tell.
We have requested a very public correction --"
Be well, Ed