Category Archives: Woodhaven

Parade Marks Start of WORKS Little League Season

    Eager athletes last Saturday hit the asphalt along Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven for the annual WORKS Little League parade, which signals the beginning of the new season. Assemblyman Mike Miller (back row, from l.), Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Member Ed Wendell and state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. stopped to snap a shot with some of the WRBA-sponsored Royals, while other players enjoyed a ride on the landmark Forest Park carousel.    

Addabbo, Miller Sponsor Recycling Day at Forest Park

  State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) are bringing back the popular Recycling Day to Forest Park, Addabbo announced this week. On Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents and business owners can bring items such as clothing, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats, handbags, computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, televisions, personal digital assistants, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, power strips, wires, chargers, cable boxes, fans, … Continue reading

Woodhaven BID Celebrates Easter

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s Jamaica Avenue celebrated Easter on Saturday, March 28.  Clowns, balloons, face painting, and live music all made the day more festive. Pictured with the Easter bunny are the WBID staff, including Executive Director Maria Thomson and Lisa Komninos, and members of the musical group the Plastic Soul.

Four-Alarm Woodhaven Blaze Claims Eight Homes, Two Dogs; Fire Marshals Nab Ousted Tenant who Allegedly Ignited Inferno

City fire marshals last week arrested a suspect in connection with a four-alarm fire in Woodhaven on Wednesday night that destroyed eight homes, injured five civilians and killed two dogs. Luis Lopez, 31, a tenant at 91-21 90th St., was arraigned last Friday evening and charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree arson, aggravated cruelty to animals and endangering the welfare of a child,according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Lopez remained in custody this week after bail was set at … Continue reading

Civic Decries Vandalism at ‘Eyesore’ Construction Site

While it seems that borough vandals may have a found a favorite corner canvas on Jamaica Avenue, one Woodhaven civic group has vowed to make sure that their urban installations don’t last long. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association last week highlighted the blight at 78-19 Jamaica Ave.—“an eyesore for almost two years”—where construction fencing has constantly been saturated with spray paint and markers for the past two years. Earlier this month, the organization even took matters into its own hands. … Continue reading

Schumer Calls for Fed Funds to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Area

If recent statements are any indication, the push to bring Bus Rapid Transit to the Cross Bay-Woodhaven Corridor seems to be gaining momentum. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Borough Board this week included the mass-transit project among its recommendations for adopted budget priorities that were submitted to the mayor and City Council. And last Thursday, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for up to $100 million in federal funding to help bring Bus Rapid Transit to Woodhaven Boulevard. … Continue reading

Teen Attacked with Bat in Woodhaven Park

Cops this week were still investigating an incident in Equity Park in Woodhaven in which a 14-year-old boy was beaten with a baseball bat, according to police and a city parks activist. The boy was jumped last Thursday evening inside the 91st Street park by three other teens who fled on foot, said Geoffrey Croft in a Friday afternoon post on his A Walk in the Park blog. The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with head injuries. … Continue reading

Addabbo Turns Attention to Woodhaven Ambulance Corps Building Troubles

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) this week told The Forum that the fight for the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps building continues. Earlier this year, the WRHVAC indicated that, after a Queens Supreme Court judge granted another construction extension to the owner of the partially collapsed building next door to the corps’ Jamaica Avenue headquarters, they would have to cease operating. The latest extension was a troubling development, particularly for the corps, because structural damage and safety concerns … Continue reading

Projects, Voting Outreach Discussed at Participatory Budgeting Sessions

Participatory Budget Delegates, City Council staff and civic leaders in Woodhaven and Rockaway Park last week pared down the items which will appear on the ballot next month and developed voting-outreach strategies for Council District 32. Convened by City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), the two PB sessions—one on the mainland, one on the peninsula—brought stakeholders together to discuss proposed capital projects for the Fiscal Year 2016 ballot. Some of the ideas that emerged from last Thursday evening’s meeting at … Continue reading

Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off Concert Series

The Queens Symphony Orchestra last Wednesday kicked off the 2015 Salon Concert Series with a show at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodhaven featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Claude Debussy. The series, funded through the office of City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), supports nine free concerts at various locations in the 32nd Council District.

Historic Woodhaven Pub Hosts Guided Tour Down Memory Lane

Dozens of history buffs on Tuesday night descended on Neir’s Tavern—itself a link to Woodhaven’s past—to join city historian Kevin Walsh as he narrated a brief trip down Memory Lane via his 48-image “Forgotten Queens” slideshow. “Queens Boulevard—it’s traffic-choked now, it was traffic-choked back then,” Walsh chuckled as seemingly every head in the room delivered a knowing nod simultaneously. The picture on the screen was of the massive thoroughfare well before it earned its nefarious “Boulevard of Death” moniker. An … Continue reading

Cops Bust Man Running Drugs Out of Daycare Facility

A Woodhaven man on Thursday was arrested and arraigned on drug, child endangerment and other charges for selling marijuana and other drugs out of the basement of his family’s residence—which also operates as a family daycare center and is less than 1,500 feet from two Catholic elementary schools, according to police and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Michael Gomez, 24, who lives in the same 88th Avenue building in which My Precious Moments, a group family daycare facility operated by … Continue reading

Woodhaven Murder Ends City’s 12-Day Homicide Streak

Prior to last Saturday, the city had gone nearly two weeks without a single homicide; an unprecedented streak, especially for a metropolis of New York’s size and density. The 12-day record came to a violent end shortly before noon on Friday, as a 28-year-old man was shot in the head, leg and hand on 89th Street in Woodhaven, according to police and published reports. Eric Roman was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he remained in critical condition until he succumbed … Continue reading

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