Carlisle Towery has served as the president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation since 1971.
The city will seek community input during a workshop scheduled for Nov. 22.
The open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 22.
Harlem's indoor market will receive money to help open new small businesses and attract more customers.
The restaurant recently began the Community Conversations series.
Towery has worked for more than four decades to improve the area.
The city's chambers of commerce have harnessed a grant to form merchants' groups in 'underserved' areas.
Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder also says it will help revitalize the Rockaways.
An influential preservation group will name the gantries as one of its 2012 “Six to Celebrate” sites.
The Central Park Conservancy wants to redesign the plaza to bring it back to its earlier, glory days.
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