Category Archives: Woodhaven

The Amazing Adrein Comes Full Circle

It’s been a long time since “The Amazing Adrien” performed his magic act and entertained children around his native Woodhaven community. Amazing as it may seem, that same boyhood entertainer is Adrien Brody, Academy Award winning actor (The Pianist), who has taken his original magic act to unimaginable heights. The Queens actor starred in a two-night miniseries on the life of famed escape artist Harry Houdini, buried in the Queens community of Glendale. The series aired on the History channel … Continue reading

Woodhaven History Buffs Dig Up Clues on Mary Eldert

A mystery grows in Queens. The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society last week uncovered more information on a 19th century area resident and civic leader, including where she is interred; however, it seems that the story of Mary Eldert has only just begun. While Eldert’s tombstone turned up about 12 years ago in the backyard of a house on 86th Street, until recently it was believed that she was buried in the Wyckoff-Snediker Family Cemetery on 96th Street. But Eldert, … Continue reading

Fire Engulfs Woodhaven Homes

      An out-of-control barbecue blaze ended up damaging several 88th Street homes in Woodhaven, but left no one injured, fire officials said. The Saturday afternoon blaze, which started from an unattended barbecue, ended up erupting behind a home on the Woodhaven street before spreading to the neighboring homes and severely damaging a backyard deck in one of them, the FDNY said. No one was injured and the flames were taken care of quickly, residents living nearby said. Authorities … Continue reading

Ulrich, Communities Prep for Participatory Budgeting

While formal meetings to discuss proposals and vote are still several months in the offing, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and community leaders talked to The Forum this week about the participatory budgeting process and how it has impacted the concept of local governance. Last year, Community Board 9 was introduced to the participatory budgeting initiative—an optional “democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay … Continue reading

Woodhaven Cleanup Continues

Woodhaven volunteers will hit the streets once again this weekend in an ongoing effort to rid the streets of unsightly graffiti.   The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Assocation first launched the latest graffiti cleanup initiative earlier this summer and have since spent several weekends pounding the pavement and repainting parts of Woodhaven. The group said its next installment of graffiti cleanups would continue on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and any interested volunteers could reach them at info@woodhaven-nyc.org.   “We definitely … Continue reading

Program Preps Woodhaven Women for Success

An affordable education program is helping Woodhaven women make the grade. For only $30, women 19 years old and up can enroll in special classes that will prepare them for the high school equivalency diploma test. formerly known as the GED. The classes are held Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center at 87-04 88th Ave. In order to attend classes this fall, interested applicants must register at the center … Continue reading

106th Pct., DA Help Secure High Bail for Lindenwood Car Thief

An alleged area auto thief is stewing in jail this week thanks largely to the high bail set by the presiding judge at arraignment. Richard Hobbs, 27, was arrested last Monday afternoon after plainclothes officers observed the Lindenwood man passed out behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle at the intersection of 88th Street and 97th Avenue, according to the NYPD. Hobbs had allegedly pilfered the car that morning on Woodhaven Boulevard. Bail was set at $30,000 or $60,000 bond. “We conferred … Continue reading

Saint Thomas Pastor Defends Cutting Woodhaven Basketball Program

The Woodhaven pastor who chose to nix the coveted Catholic Youth Organization basketball program at Saint Thomas the Apostle said financial concerns and accountability issues were ultimately what spurred him to make the controversial call. Saint Thomas’s CYO program at 87-19 88th Ave. used to be home to more than 300 kids – many of them from low- and middle-income families – but that number has dwindled to about 70. Rev. Frank C. Tumino moved to end the program as … Continue reading

Pasta Party to Benefit WRHVAC

The top portion of 78-19 Jamaica Ave. collapsed more than one year ago, but the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is still buried in the rubble.   A number of expenses have dug the volunteer group into a deep financial hole and community leaders said it might never be able to dig itself out. Elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn), state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and City Council members … Continue reading

City Moves on Woodhaven Traffic Woes

Changes are coming to Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards as the city prepares to put shovels to pavement this coming fall. The street improvement project will go into full effect next month as part of the city Transportation Department’s ongoing efforts to ease congestion along the busy commercial corridors running across southern Queens. Plans included upgrades to service road safety and revamped bus lanes throughout the region, which the city said should make for better driving conditions. “Woodhaven and Cross … Continue reading

Southern Queens Pre-K Clear to Launch

The city kept busy this summer making sure its universal pre-kindergarten sites were ready to launch on Sept. 4, but announced some sites were still categorized as public health hazards. Nonetheless, southern Queens was ready to go. The city Health Department along with the Department of Education said this week that 12 of the more than 1,100 sites where pre-K classes were being offered still showed violations and were in need of immediate action if they wanted to open on … Continue reading

Assembly Cmte. Vetting Forest Park Camera Request

While a sexual predator responsible for six attacks in Forest Park remains at large, the application to install security cameras on the grounds is still being reviewed by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, with no firm date set for the completion of the process. “There was an initial delay by the city Police Department returning the preliminary application to the Ways and Means Committee,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), who formally requested the extra security measure. “After final review, … Continue reading

Howard Beach’s Quinn for the Win: Waging War Against ALS

To us, it is known as the ice bucket challenge. But to Howard Beach resident Patt Quinn, it is an effort to use a limited time window to raise awareness about ALS. A nomination. Ice water. A bucket. Pat Quinn. In 2012, 29-year-old former Boston College Eagles baseball team captain Pete Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just a year later, Howard Beach resident Pat Quinn was also diagnosed. After his diagnosis, he sought … Continue reading

Woodhaven Ups Anti-Graffiti Game

Graffiti vandalism has been a significant problem in Woodhaven this year, civic leaders said. Light volunteer numbers and a harsh winter both made it hard for the neighborhood’s own Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association to paint over all the swirling tags on mailboxes. But that did not deter Martin Colberg, president of the WRBA, from going out with volunteers Sunday to clean up any tags that might be found on the more than 100 mailboxes in the community. “I think we’re … Continue reading

Woodhaven historian to receive top honors

An active Woodhaven civic group named four of its top residents as honorees at the group’s annual fundraiser, slated for this October. Woodhaven historian Allan Smith and Schmidt’s Candy shop owner Margie Schmidt were named the respective Man and Woman of the Year by the Woodhaven Residents Block Association along with two other noteworthy awards to be doled out at the group’s 43rd annual fundraiser on Oct. 10. Other honorees the group announced for this year included Paul Casiliadis of … Continue reading