Category Archives: Woodhaven

QueensWay Draws Raves, but Some Still Oppose Park Plan

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land this week released the much-anticipated QueensWay Plan, a study which both groups jointly characterized as “a blueprint for the QueensWay—New York City’s next great park.” The project involves converting the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch line of the Long Island Rail Road—a 3.5-mile swath of the borough, from Rego Park to Ozone Park—into a $120 million public park boasting trails and many amenities. According to the study, the QueensWay will “provide … Continue reading

Community Board 9 Accepting District Manager Applications

Community Board 9 is now accepting resumes from individuals interested in the district manager position. The board, which serves Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, has been searching for candidates since longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced her retirement in August. As of Oct. 1, the position has been vacant. “Community Board 9’s next district manager will play a critical role in ensuring that the board effectively serves the residents of Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and … Continue reading

Woodhaven Civic Calls Sanitation Fines Unfair

  The city Sanitation Department this week promised to investigate an area civic organization’s claim that the agency is engaging in an “unfair practice of issuing tickets to property owners in the middle of the night for garbage dumped outside their properties.” According to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, in a statement issued on Monday, it is a common nighttime occurrence for people to dump trash outside Jamaica Avenue storefronts. Then, DSNY agents write summonses in the middle of the … Continue reading

Jogger Attacked, Robbed in Latest Forest Park Assault

    A female jogger was attacked and robbed last week in Forest Park, police officials said; and while cops quickly determined the latest incident to not be part of the recent disturbing spate of sexual assaults, security at the large borough green space remained on high alert. The woman was attacked last Tuesday evening around 6:15 p.m. as she jogged along the horse trails in the park near Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South, according to Deputy Inspector Henry … Continue reading

Ulrich, Howard Beach Seniors Laud Bus Program

Flanked by area seniors and non-profit staff, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) officially announced on Monday that his office has helped to allocate funds to support senior shuttle bus service. The vehicle will serve four Catholic Charities senior centers throughout Ulrich’s district: Howard Beach, Woodhaven, Rockaway Beach and Ozone Park. The councilman’s office secured $25,000 for a driver to transport older adults from their homes to the senior center for activities, classes and workshops; and day trips to shopping centers, … Continue reading

Concern Grows Over de Blasio Housing Plan

Perhaps the most ambitious project of his mayoralty, Hizzoner Bill de Blasio’s 10-year, five-borough affordable housing plan is not without its critics. Just ask some residents of Woodhaven. “It’s a cheap way for the city to provide ‘affordable housing,’” said Sherman Kane at last Thursday’s meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association. “It costs the city nothing. We, as middle-class homeowners, would be providing the solution.” In late July, the WRBA reached out to the mayor’s office via a letter … Continue reading

Memoir is Love Letter to Broad Channel & Howard Beach

Marguerite Rocholl’s dad, photojournalist Edward Clarity, many moons ago helped the New York Daily News nab a Pulitzer Prize. And on the plaque that was given to him to commemorate the award was a short note from the publisher, which read: “We couldn’t have done it without you Ed.” The same can be said of his daughter’s book debut, “Before You Were Born.” Rocholl admits that the tome, a paean to her childhood in Broad Channel and raising her own … Continue reading

The Amazing Adrien 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