Archive for November, 2010

Woodhaven Rezoning Meeting – December 1st

November 26, 2010

Update:  The meeting was well attended — details of the proposed rezoning can be found here.

Next Wednesday, there will be a very important meeting regarding the rezoning of Woodhaven and Richmond Hill.  The decisions made regarding rezoning will greatly impact our community — and could have an impact on the value of your home.

This meeting will take place on December 1st at 7:30 PM at Emanuel Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). If you cannot make the December 1st meeting, there will be a second meeting on December 15th at the Royal Indian Palace (118-06 Atlantic Avenue, Richmond Hill).

Above is one of the maps that have been distributed — this is by no means final — and it is very important that you are aware of what is being planned.  Once this rezoning goes through, if you aren’t happy with the results — good luck getting them overturned!  This rezoning will determine what kind of properties can be built — and where.  Now is your chance to have your say.

From what we’ve seen and heard thus far, the rezoning proposals seem fairly reasonable.  But don’t take our word on it — come to this very important meeting and find out how it will impact your surroundings.

Note:  This is not the WRBA’s regular monthly Town Hall meeting — that is scheduled for Saturday, December 11th at 1 PM (Ambulance Corps).  The December 1st meeting is a special meeting, covering only the topic of rezoning.

From Community Board Number 9:

Queens Community Board No. 9, In Concert With The Woodhaven Residents Block Association, & The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.

Invite you to attend our Town Hall Meeting – Informational Session Regarding the Woodhaven & Richmond Hill Rezoning Presentation by the NYC Department of City Planning

Location: Emanuel Church of Christ

93-12 91st Ave.Woodhaven, NY 11421

(Corner of Woodhaven Blvd & 91st Avenue)

Date & Time: December 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Please join us to review and discuss the Proposed/Draft Balanced Rezoning of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and portions of Ozone Park.  The purpose of the rezoning is to both protect the architectural character and density of our communities while allowing for sustainable development.  Your feedback at this preliminary discussion is welcome and encouraged.

For questions about the event please contact:

Queens Community Board No.9

(718) 286-2686

Last Call for the WRBA Dinner Dance

November 17, 2010

This year has been a battle — they came for our transit system, they came for our firehouses, and they came for our Library — the WRBA would never presume to take any credit for staving off those losses — but we were there on the front lines — and we helped amplify our residents’ voices — we helped voice our residents’ objections.  In the end, Woodhaven went 3-for-3 — saving all three.

There is 72 hours to go before Friday’s yearly Party — this year it’s being held at Joe Abbraciamento on Woodhaven Boulevard.  The residents of Woodhaven have responded nicely to this event — as of this evening, we have around 120 people scheduled to attend — we are truly grateful to each and every one of them.  But, to be honest, we wish more people had chosen to attend.

We need to give a final count tomorrow night — and we will not be selling tickets at the door — so if you want to attend and haven’t bought tickets yet — this is your last call.

It’s a 4 course meal — and if you’ve ever eaten at Joe Abbraciamento you know you are guaranteed a great meal.  We’ve got a DJ — close to $500 dollars in raffle prizes, a door prize, a money tree — it’s going to be a great night.

You can call our office — 718-296-3735 — but if you don’t get an answer, leave a message.  Or better yet, E-mail us — — and let us know how to contact you.

Ed Wendell


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association



Woodhaven Residents To Play Santa for Developmentally Challenged Adults

November 15, 2010

The WRBA is asking residents of Woodhaven to buy small Christmas gifts for developmentally challenged adults to be handed out at a Christmas Party for the Aktion Club, to be held at the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Saturday, December 11th at 5:30 PM.  All are invited to attend.

The gift should be somewhere between 5 and 10 dollars — socks, gloves, winter hats — these are all good items to purchase.  For the men, deodorants and after shave, and for the ladies, makeup and perfume — these are also all small gifts that will be appreciated.  Don’t wrap them. You can drop them off at the offices of the WRBA (84-20 Jamaica Avenue) — if the office is shut, you can leave the gifts with Spirare Cleaners next door.  If you don’t know what to get, or if you don’t have time — yet you still want to contribute — you can make a donation in an envelope and we will get something and wrap it for you.

Note: This party is on the same day — in the same room — as the next Woodhaven Town Hall meeting.  So you can also bring the gift to the meeting that day if you are attending.  If you plan to do that, let us know as we are keeping count to ensure that every adult gets a gift.  We need to buy small gifts for 30 men and 15 women.

We went to this party last December — our full coverage is here — and it was wonderful.  Here’s a young man who is blind and wanted to meet Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer — he’s feeling Rudolph’s face —

Here’s a woman who was thrilled to be getting a gift —

If you have the time, please stop by on December 11th — and please help us spread the word — help us bring a little extra happiness to these men and women this Christmas.


Tomorrow’s Woodhaven Town Hall – Location Change

November 12, 2010
Due to a scheduling conflict, we need to move the location of our next meeting.  Please note that we will be meeting this Saturday, November 13th, at 1 PM at Emanuel Church on 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.  Please pass the word to your friends and neighbors.
You may also be interested to know that this coincides with Emanuel’s Fall Fair — so on the lower level there will be vendors selling nick-nacks and there will also be a “Granny’s Attic” full of interesting used items.  You will be able to get hog dogs on premises.  After the meeting, around 4:30, Emanuel will be opening a Home Cooking Cafe — where you can get a quaint home cooked meal at a reasonable price.
So it should make for an interesting meeting this Saturday — we hope to see you there!

20th Century Fox Films at Forest Park Carousel

November 3, 2010

If you are driving along Woodhaven Boulevard — particularly at night — you’re bound to see our beloved Forest Park Carousel all lit up.  You will also see nearly 2 dozen large trucks parked alongside the park.  That’s because 20th Century Fox is filming a movie called “The Sitter” at the local landmark that’s been closed for over 2 years.  There was a story in today’s NY Daily News written by Lisa Colangelo — click here to read it.

One sentence jumps out at us —

20th Century-Fox, the film’s production company, made a “substantial” donation to Forest Park,

We need to ensure that this donation is put aside and applied to the restoration, renovation and reopening of our beloved Carousel.  Let’s get this Carousel open for the children of Woodhaven and the rest of Queens.

Election 2010 – Woodhaven FINAL Results

November 3, 2010

Here are the FINAL results of the elections that directly impact Woodhaven as of midnight —

In the House, District 9, Anthony Weiner wins 58.51% of the votes compared to Bob Turner’s 41.49%.

State Senate District 15,  Joe Addabbo wins 57.34% to Anthony Como’s 42.66%.

State Assembly District 38, Mike Miller wins 68.79% to Donna Marie Caltabiano’s 31.21%.

State Assembly District 23, Audrey Pfeffer wins 66.57% to Harold Paez’s 33.43%.  (District 23 covers a small portion of Woodhaven).

Congratulations — and thanks to all !


November 3, 2010

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and Neirs Tavern have joined forces to bring you a terrific series of films on the 2nd Tuesday of each month — and this month’s movie is a classic —

Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, William Powell and James Cagney —

The story of the men of the USS Reluctant, fighting boredom as a cargo ship during World War 2.  This is a great opportunity to see a great film, in a classic tavern, with your fellow Woodhaven residents —

The film begins at 7:30 on Tuesday, November 9th — hope to see you there!