Category Archives: Woodhaven

Participatory Budget Committee Meets with Ulrich Fiscal Chief

Members of the Participatory Budgeting Committee last Thursday evening met with Gregory Mitchell, City Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) budget director, to review ideas submitted through area civic organizations and Community Board 9 in preparation for budget sessions with city agencies. Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez (l.-r.); Simcha Waisman, vice president, Richmond Hill Block Association; Lisa Gomes, acting district manager, CB 9; Martin Colberg, president, Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association; CB 9 Member J. Richard Smith; and Ed Wendell, president, Woodhaven … Continue reading

Building Collapse, Slow Recovery Cause Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Shutter

The partial collapse of a building on Jamaica Avenue in 2013 has had a devastating domino effect on the Woodhaven community. It seems that the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, whose headquarters are located in the building next to the affected edifice, will have to close its doors for good. Queens Supreme Court Judge Diccia Pineda-Kirwan has granted a construction extension to the owner of the partially collapsed building that once housed a furniture shop. This is a troubling development, … Continue reading

Community Board 9 DM Search Down to Five Candidates

The Community Board 9 District Manager Search Committee last Thursday evening whittled down the candidate pool to five from 11. These applicants have advanced to the interview stage: Scott Wolff, Lisa Gomes, James McClelland, Beryl Nyack and Joann Ariola. In a meeting at Borough Hall, each member of the 12-person collective gathered around a table and reviewed the applications and resumes of all candidates. In a voting system, the applicants who received the most tallies moved on to the next … Continue reading

Cops Still Investigating Christmas Hit and Run

Cops this week were still investigating a Christmas Day hit-and-run accident in Woodhaven that pinned a woman in her car until she was extricated and removed to an area hospital, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. The 28-year-old victim was driving her 2012 Honda Civic eastbound on Jamaica Avenue around 2 a.m. last Thursday when the assailant, operating a white 2005 Acura TL, “disregarded a steady red light,” turned from Woodhaven Boulevard onto westbound Jamaica Avenue and collided with the Civic, … Continue reading

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