Today as I was walking through the neighborhood on the way to my Jamaica office, I always love to stop off for a beef patty and take in all the other amazing food that the people have brought here from the country of Jamaica. Just like many areas of the city of New York, there are areas where people from all over the world come together in sections, like the patches of a giant, incredible quilt. It is one of my favorite things about the city. Here in Jamaica Queens, there is just such a “patch”. You immediately take notice of when you walk down Jamaica Avenue, you cannot help but experience the fantastic smelling foods and clothes and rich accents. I recommend you come by for a visit if you have not been here before. You will think you just stepped off the plane in Jamaica itself. It almost leads someone that is not from the area to think that this section of Queens was actually named Jamaica for that reason, but it is not the case.
I was pretty sure at least, that Jamaica NY was not named after the country of Jamaica, but was curious to find out myself where the name actually came from. So I pulled out my computer and got to work on the “Case of the Origins of Jamaica Queens”. I found out (courtesy of Wikipedia) that the Lenape, the tribe of Native Americans that initially lived here, called the area “Yamecah” which meant “Beaver” because of the large population of Beaver that were in this area. There was actually a trail that ran through the area (which later became Jamaica Avenue) where Native Americans would travel to bring their beaver skins and other furs to sell at trading posts in the area. Some traveled as far as Ohio or the Great Lakes. There was also a Beaver Pond in this section (with is now referred to as “Baisley Pond Park”). Over time the name changed, to “Jameco” (the Native American Canarsie Tribe’s name for “Beaver”) and eventually it became known as the “Jamaica” we know today.
Beavers have been native to the area way before we all arrived. For those who are not familiar with these very large rodents, they have very thick fur, webbed feet and large, flat tails that are used for patting down mud to form dens and dams in waterways in order to make their own “swimming holes.” They are very hard working. They almost never stop, taking down giant trees with their long, sharp teeth and often their hard work will transform landscapes, which is why we use the terms “eager beaver” and “busy as a beaver” quite a bit.
That got me to thinking about Investigreat. It was formed by two very hard working people that were raised by parents whose own parents were hard working immigrants. We never stop trying to help people and by being this way, have transformed the investigative field in the New York and Connecticut areas in the process. The name “Investigreat” itself speaks of our motto, our manifesto if you will. It takes investigations and by adding the work that goes into them, we make them great. We, like the beaver, keep going until we have exhausted all options in order to find the answers for people. If you are trying to find out if your spouse is cheating on you over by Rufus King Park, you want someone on the case that will work hard for you, not just “fit it in” between cases. You deserve to be taken seriously. In this, our 30th blog (can you believe it!), we wanted to remind you, the reader, that when we take on a case, we do not just do a cursory look at a couple of paid websites and hand you a mediocre answer. We dive in, do extensive research, we go in person, we do deep web searches, and we go over and over the findings and follow all the “breadcrumbs” until we exhaust all the options and explored all the possibilities. Only then are we finally sure enough of the results that we are ready to give them to the client. When you are looking for a lost loved one who used to live on Jamaica Avenue and you cannot find now, you want someone who will go above and beyond to find them. We don’t just take someone’s money and give them an unsubstantiated product in return. We go above and beyond to find the answers and then confirm them.
So while we may not “look” like beavers, we are certainly as hardworking as they are. Whether our travels take us to Jamaica Avenue (just like the Native Americans did centuries ago) or Baisley Pond Park, we will go wherever the trail takes us to find the answers for you. All you need to do is call or text (or send smoke signals if you want to go the way of the first inhabitants of this area). As long as you contact us, we will help. Now, back to my Jamaican Beef Patty. Yum…
Investigreat, LLC is a recognized full service Private Investigation Agency that is fully licensed, insured and bonded with offices in Jamaica, Long Island City and Connecticut. We handle cases in Queens NY, Brooklyn NY, the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island NY, Long Island NY and all of Connecticut. Terri Dornfeld, along with her husband Adam, have been working cases from missing persons and surveillance to worker’s compensation and all general investigation services, together since 1992.
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