Category Archives: Woodhaven

Jamaica Avenue Trolley is a Sign of the Season

Mailboxes brimming with greeting cards; festive lights adorning apartment buildings and houses from Laurelton to Little Neck; Addabbo as Santa; a seemingly endless string of parties… And the Jamaica Avenue trolley. It must be holiday time in Queens. A seasonal staple, the free trolley offered shoppers a chance to rest their weary feet last Sunday afternoon, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and step back into another era of transportation as they visited the small businesses along jam-packed Jamaica Avenue. … Continue reading

Civic Celebrates Holidays and Looks Back on Eventful Year

With an eye on an eventful 2014, and the other on the coming year, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association last Saturday held its annual holiday celebration at Emanuel United Church of Christ on 91st Avenue. The active area civic organization received season’s greetings from U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan) and took time to reflect on a busy year full of advocacy, causes and contributions. “[We] had yet another productive year in 2014,” said WRBA Communications Director Alex … Continue reading

Graffiti Removal Initiative Declared Success

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and the Queens Economic Development Corporation this week touted the success of their joint graffiti removal initiative implemented this past October. For FY2015, Ulrich allotted $25,000 in discretionary funds to QEDC to eliminate graffiti at six major corridors:  Woodhaven Boulevard, Jamaica Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, 101st Avenue, Liberty Avenue, and Rockaway Boulevard. According the NYPD, graffiti complaints are on the rise in New York City.  There have already been over 4,000 complaints this year, up about … Continue reading

Six-Car Crash in Woodhaven Leaves Nine Injured

Vincent Leone has just come out of the woods after spending several days in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center following a massive, six-car accident on Woodhaven Boulevard near Atlantic Avenue last Saturday evening. The 51-year-old Ozone Park resident was one of nine people who suffered injuries as result of the crash, which occurred around 6:15 p.m. on the northbound side of the boulevard. A source who was on the scene within minutes of the accident said he observed … Continue reading

Sanitation Commissioner Says Ticketing Policy Won’t Change

Despite pressure from the city comptroller’s office and a powerful civic organization, enforcement practices, specifically overnight ticketing protocol, will not change, according to a letter sent late last month from Sanitation Department Commissioner Kathryn Garcia to Comptroller Scott Stringer. The missive was in response to one sent by Stringer on behalf of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, urging the agency to review its “overnight ticketing policy concerning trash that is dumped by third-parties and leads to violations being issued to … Continue reading

Woodhaven Community Comes Together to Light Menorah, Christmas Tree

Members of the Woodhaven community last Friday evening braved the elements to come together and light the menorah and Christmas tree on Forest Parkway near Jamaica Avenue. Sponsored by the Woodhaven Business District and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, the event was supposed to kick off a weekend of festivities, but the inclement weather forced the cancellation of last Saturday’s Santa Parade. Dozens of families huddled close to listen to Christmas carols, holiday greetings from elected officials and participate in … Continue reading


The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation celebrated this week after two perpetrators who allegedly stole the wreath and American flag from the World War II monument at the Forest Parkway Plaza in the hear of Woodhaven were apprehended. The group spread the news via Facebook and issued a press release to express their thanks to all who helped with the apprehension, as well as dismay over the fact that the alleged bandits are residents of Woodhaven. GWDC commended the 102nd Precinct … Continue reading

New MTA Report Calls for Expansion of City Rail Capacity

A recently released Metropolitan Transportation Authority Reinvention Commission report calls for the “aggressive expansion” of the city’s rail capacity through means including the reactivation of unused rail rights-of-way. And Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week seized on the development as support for the reactivation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The report recommends seven strategies for improving transportation in the city. Among these is the recommendation for expansion of the existing transit system to meet the needs of … Continue reading

DOT, MTA Continue to Engage Communities on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

The latest stop for the two agencies tasked with implementing Bus Rapid Transit in communities across the five boroughs was Borough Hall on Tuesday morning, where city Department of Transportation and New York City Transit Authority officials presented the possible plans for BRT along the Cross Bay Boulevard-Woodhaven Boulevard Corridor. Addressing the Borough Cabinet, Eric Beaton, DOT director of Transit Development, and Robert Thompson, manager of Long-Range Bus Planning at NYCTA, detailed the concept of BRT and how it might … Continue reading

City Marks Safest August — November Period in Modern Crime-Statistics Era

Following his landslide election victory a little over year ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to improve police-community relations across the city, which he believed had been frayed, in part, by an overzealous Bloomberg administration that relied too much on the tactic known as Stop, Question and Frisk. And De Blasio said he knew the perfect man for the job—former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. It seems that that choice has paid large dividends in the administration’s first year. De Blasio … Continue reading

Communities Rally Around Sick Rottweiler Tossed from Car

A fundraiser was set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at a historic Woodhaven bar for the continued care and adoption of Dasher, an ailing Rottweiler that witnesses believe was wrapped in a bag and tossed from a moving car last week in Ridgewood. Neir’s Tavern owner Loy Gordon has donated space for the event, which is co-sponsored by K9-Korral Dog Run. “I feel that if we can’t take care of our pets in our lives, it’s a reflection … Continue reading

Ideas Emerge from Initial WRBA Budgeting Session

Members of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association last weekend churned out dozens of ideas during the first participatory budgeting brainstorming session. This is the fourth consecutive year that City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has let constituents decide how to spend $2 million of taxpayer money on district capital needs. Ulrich was one of the initial four council members to implement PB in 2011. “Participatory budgeting encourages a greater partnership between communities and elected representatives to find creative solutions for … Continue reading

Mob Informant Sentenced to Time Served in Ozone Park hit

A mob informant last week was sentenced to time served—three days in federal prison—for his role in a 26-year-old hit in an Ozone Park social club that resulted in the death of his brother-in-law, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and published reports. Anthony Ruggiano, Jr., 61, last Thursday received his sentence, which also included five years of supervised release, from Judge Jack Weinstein, who according to the Daily News explained to the … Continue reading

Ulrich and Levin Announce Veterans Food Drive

The City Council announced this week kicked off a food drive in partnership with the Food Bank for New York City to collect non-perishable items and donate them to select local pantries and soup kitchens that serve veterans. The council-wide program will run from Nov. 10 through Nov. 20, with participating councilmembers collecting the food at their district offices. Roughly 30 percent of city veterans rely on emergency food supplies, according to FBNYC research. Other studies conducted nationally by the … Continue reading

Woodhaven Volunteers Clean Colonial-Era Cemetery

    If it’s the second Saturday of the month, then it’s time to grab gloves and garbage bags and head over to the cemetery at 96th Street and 86th Avenue. That’s what nearly two-dozen volunteers with the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society did last Saturday as they beautified another section of historic colonial-era Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery. Students and civic leaders also uncovered more headstones, adding pieces to the larger puzzle that is the burial ground. “Our hope is that … Continue reading