Category Archives: Woodhaven

Legos come to life at Atlas Park

A boy shouted out, “Holy Cow,” as the motor-powered Lego model he just helped build started to come alive with its gears moving suddenly. Bricks 4 Kidz group launched a free summer program inside the Shops at Atlas Park to build up children’s mechanical skills while they build moving Lego models. “As they have fun, every child walks away knowing they’ve accomplished something,” said Lamacca Holmes, a teacher at the summer program. “And then they can say, ‘Hey mom look … Continue reading

Robbery turns fatal in Richmond Hill

Two men from south Queens were arrested and charged with murder on July 16 in the fatal beating and robbery of a Richmond Hill man, ending a crime spree by the suspects that began in early June, the district attorney’s office said. Nestor Rodriguez, 20, of Woodhaven, and Carlos Genno, 22, of Ozone Park, allegedly attacked Nazmul Islam, 55, a leader of the U.S chapter of the Bangladeshi ruling party, in Richmond Hill on July 9, Queens District Attorney Richard … Continue reading

West Nile spotted in boro

Mosquitoes around parts of northeast Queens were found to be carrying West Nile Virus, the city Health Department reported, but posed no threat to the residents living in the southern part of the borough. It was the first West Nile detection of the season, the city said, mostly emanating from Douglaston and College Point as well as part of Staten Island. No human cases of the virus were reported, the DOH said, and there was no cause for alarm just … Continue reading

Boro calls for bike share

Queens wants its fair share of city wheels. Lawmakers and transportation advocates rallied around legislation that would help accelerate the Citi Bike share program into Queens, where demand has already proven its presence. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) spearheaded the Bike to Work Act of 2014, which would give pre-tax commuter benefits to workers. “Thousands of New Yorkers have already embraced the city’s bike share program as a viable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective form of public transportation,” Crowley said. … Continue reading

Woodhaven confronts idle cars

An ongoing debate over Select Bus Service routes in Woodhaven has put into motion another hot-button issue: street side parking. Residents in Woodhaven have spent the better part of the past month voicing their concerns and reactions to a city Transportation Department proposal to bring new bus routes to Woodhaven Boulevard and other parts of southern Queens, sparking some heated discussions over congestion and traffic. But one potential consequence of the plan has received more attention this week as residents … Continue reading

Calls for cleaner streets in Howard Beach, Woodhaven

Community advocates are calling out the city to clean up its act. Public eyesores including graffiti, litter and other junk have become a consistent burden across civic groups and elected officials perusing the streets of neighborhoods like Howard Beach and Woodhaven and officials there picked up the pace this week. Lawmakers from both the city and state came out in support of new initiatives to help make borough streets shine. In Howard Beach, state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) singled … Continue reading

Woodhaven left to wonder about collapsed building’s future

Residents in Woodhaven said they were worried about the fate of the partially collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue after hearing it would not be demolished, but renovated instead. A legal bought between the owner of the 78-19 Jamaica Ave. property and the city ended with an agreement that renovations would be made to restore the collapsed roof atop the structure. It was a stark contrast to what the Buildings Department ruled earlier this year when it declared the building hazardous … Continue reading

Pre-K program lands in Woodhaven

Parents of young children in Woodhaven will not have to look high and low for open pre-kindergarten classes come September, because the Woodhaven Public Library will be rolling out its free program in the 2014-2015 school year. It is the first of its kind not only in the city, but also in the entire country. Southern Queens was seen as an area that greatly needed universal pre-K classes, due to competitiveness of the current programs, according to Joann King, director … Continue reading

Woodhaven residents revitalize historic cemetery

Years of neglect have left the tombstones at the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery covered in overgrown greenery. But last week, members of the Woodhaven community moved in behind All Saints Episcopal Church with rakes and gloves, ready to clear out weeds as part of a project to make the resting place of historical families like Elmhurst and Ditmars accessible to the public. “The community needs to own this,” said Ed Wendell, Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society President. “This is an … Continue reading

Demolition delayed in Woodhaven

Woodhaven residents were slapped with another delay as they waited for a partially collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue to come down. After being told that work would begin at the 78-19 Jamaica Ave. building by July 14, demolition plans were once again put on hold because of a lapse in communication between architects and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as the agency reviews the plan. Now, a judge will have to set an entirely new timeline of events, officials said. Martin … Continue reading

Woodhaven teen’s spirit honored through scholarship

The life and spirit of High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (CTEA) graduate Roman Pirozek may live on through a $1,000 scholarship awarded to Rickey Ramkishun at this year’s CTEA graduation in June. Pirozek , a 19-year-old Woodhaven resident, died unexpectedly in September 2013, when a remote-controlled helicopter he was operating at Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn struck him, causing severe trauma to his head and throat. He died the scene. Staff members at CTEA began raising money … Continue reading

Woodhaven still waiting for building demolition

Residents in Woodhaven said they were skeptic, but hopeful, they would see at least some progress at the site where a building collapsed last year.   The city Department of Buildings last assured residents of Woodhaven they would see the partially collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. the week of July 4, but that date has come and gone. Officials still said demolition was imminent sometime this month, but residents said they had grown tired of the broken promises.   … Continue reading

Woodhaven wants answers on Atlantic Avenue

For such a small patch of Atlantic Avenue, residents of Woodhaven have a lot to say about cars and commotion between 87th and 88th Streets. The area has been riddled with complaints over graffiti and misconduct for years, and Woodhaven resident Patty Eggers said she has had enough of it. “We’re at our wit’s end,” Eggers said. “They own that spot.” The group she was referring to included those steering in and out of two auto body shops on Atlantic Avenue, where … Continue reading

Riders oppose select bus plans for Woodhaven Blvd.

Queens is still the only borough without a select bus service, but that may soon change. A city Department of Transportation plan to construct specific bus lanes along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, with hopes of installing select bus service along the route going forward, has drawn criticism from some residents who fear that traffic, parking and local bus services would be adversely affected by the plan. Residents sounded off in a forum held on June 26 at PS 306 … Continue reading

Petitions hint at Ognibene Senate run

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo may have a Republican challenger later this year.   Former City Councilman Tom Ognibene has had his name appear on petitions circulating throughout the southern Queens 15th Senate District, which includes Howard Beach, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ozone Park, the Rockaway Peninsula, Woodhaven and more. He did not return calls seeking comment.   Though he has yet to file a campaign committee with the state Board of Elections, Ognibene still has until July 10 to submit petitions in … Continue reading