Archive for April, 2011

Charting 311 Calls — How Are They Doing?

April 23, 2011

When things go wrong, that aren’t emergencies, we’re told to call 311.  And so, over the past few months, we’ve called 311 on a few occasions.  First, was the dangerous condition on Jamaica Avenue — the large broken branch hanging perilously over the heads of pedestrians.  We made that call to 311 on February 25th —

8 weeks later, the tree is still there.

Then, we reported an abandoned car to 311 — one that’s been sitting at the corner of 91st Street and 86th Avenue for nearly a year.  It’s been ticketed dozens of time.

We just recently got involved and called it in 3 weeks ago.  The 311 complaint was CLOSED the same day — and it says that it was entered in the 102 TOW LOG.  3 weeks later, the car is still sitting there.

So, when we came across this scene — what did we do?

Well, we decided to give 311 another chance — hey, we’re optimists!    Over the phone, they promised us that it would be reviewed within 4 hours — heck, our last call was closed the same day — doesn’t mean it was resolved.

Our complaint number with 311/Department of Transportation is 4219701.

We’ll let you know how it turns out.   We’re keeping tack of these issues —

Tell us your experiences with 311 — and the next time you make a complaint, let us know — e-mail us at, or call our office (if no one answers, leave a message) — 718-296-3735.  Make sure you get the 311 Complaint Number.  Let’s keep track of our 311 complaints together and see how they’re doing.

Rezoning Meeting at the RHBA Wed. 4/27 8 PM

April 21, 2011

As you may recall (and we covered here), Woodhaven and Richmond Hill are under consideration for rezoning —

What Is Rezoning and Why Should I Care?

There are laws that determine what can and can’t be built in a community — these are called zoning laws. Over time, these laws are reviewed and altered to fit the community’s needs. In this instance, the rezoning of Woodhaven and Richmond Hill  serves 2 main purposes:

  • guard against over-development; and
  • to promote development where desirable.

The last rezoning was close to 50 years ago — the changes made here may impact our communities for the next 50 years. And if you own property here, aren’t you interested if these changes will impact your investment? Even if you don’t own property, are you not interested in how your immediate surroundings may be impacted?

If you missed previous meetings/discussion on rezoning, there will be a meeting next Wednesday at the Richmond Hill Block Association (110-08 Jamaica Avenue).  The Department of City Planning will be giving a presentation on rezoning.  The meeting begins at 8 PM.  Hope to see you there.

Woodhaven Graffiti Clean-Up — Sat. April 30th

April 19, 2011

On Saturday, April 30th, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and Assemblyman Mike Miller are teaming up to clean up graffiti vandalism in Woodhaven.

As you walk or drive around Woodhaven, take notice of the expanding reach of graffiti — the thugs who vandalize our community have become more and more brazen.  Why?  Because our neighborhood is chock full of complacent residents who allow it to happen — who won’t even lift a finger to prevent it.  

And so the vandals get away with it — they see no effort to fight back — and the next time, they get a little more brazen — to the point where they graffiti entire houses.

Here’s your chance to do something about it — and maybe make some new friends along the way

Sign up to be a Team member for Saturday April 30th — we’re still working out the details — they kind of depend on how many people sign up — but we’ll be meeting mid-morning and go for a few hours — we’ll travel in teams and be concentrating mostly on public property (light poles, mailboxes, etc).

This is ideal for kids who need credit for community service — each student who takes part will get a citation (or a letter, if that’s what is needed) —

Join the team by e-mailing us at or calling us at 718-296-3735.

Free Recycling Day Sponsored by Senator Joe Addabbo

April 19, 2011

Free Recycling Day Sponsored by Senator Joe Addabbo

Sunday, May 1, 2011 From 10 AM to 3 PM — Rain or shine

The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven.

Items that will be accepted for recycling are:

  • Clothing & Textiles including clothing, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags. ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEAN & DRY.
  • Electronics including computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, TV’s, PDA’s, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, power strips, chargers, cable boxes, fans, air conditioners, telephones and VCR tapes. NO APPLIANCES.
  • Paper including paper fiber, books, binders, cardboard and confidential papers.


  • Carpeting accepting ‘residential type’ carpeting only.

For more information please call Peter DeLucia in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

The Great Woodhaven 31-Family Yard Sale June 4-5

April 10, 2011

UPDATE:  As of Friday, May 20th — we have 31 families participating in the 1st Annual Great Woodhaven Yard Sale  — get your Yard Sale listed with us — details below —

Thinking of having a Yard Sale this year?  They’re a lot of fun — you get to clear out your basement or attic — and you make a few bucks.  But advertising your Yard Sale is always a problem — remember: it’s illegal to post signs on telephone poles —

But what if a bunch of us decided to have our Yard Sales on the same weekend? And we let everyone in Queens and surrounding areas know about it?  Well, that’s what the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is trying to do, with:

Here’s how it works — if you decide to join up, we’ll add you to the list — and we’ll be publishing a map online with flags indicating each yard sale.

We’ll also be printing out lists which we’ll drop off at many of the locations — so if someone stops off at one yard sale, they’ll know where all the other ones in Woodhaven are.

The dates we’re looking at are Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th.

There is no charge for being part of this — just let us know by May 25th if you want to be a part of the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale — e-mail us at or call us at 718-296-3735.  We need your name, address and a way to get in touch with you.

Alert! Roadwork on Jamaica Avenue

April 8, 2011

Be aware that much of Jamaica Avenue is scheduled for Roadwork tomorrow (Saturday).  In many sections there will be no parking on the Avenue.  And not a moment too soon!  The road is horrible — and the potholes are threatening to swallow up people whole!  Look at the size of this hole, west of 80th Street:

And a further alert — and good news — painting of the El Train is slated to begin MONDAY.  They are going to begin at 75th Street and work their way East.

Looking forward to the new look Jamaica Avenue —

Anyone Want A Car?

April 1, 2011

There’s an abandoned car down the street from me — it’s been there for quite a while but I never noticed it until a neighbor pointed it out.  The traffic agents have been having a field day, writing ticket after ticket after ticket.

First, let’s introduce you to our friend, a 2009 Chevy — here it is sitting on the corner during our big blizzard.  At this point, it had been sitting there for about 5 or 6 months already.

Here’s a better view of it

As the snow thawed, a bunch of tickets were revealed.  But that didn’t stop the ticket agents from writing even more tickets.  2 days ago we saw one of these guys writing yet another ticket, so we engaged the agent and he told us only if a car had a “ton” of tickets would they not write another one.

You tell us — does this look like a ton of tickets?  Keep in mind, a few of the tickets were destroyed by the snow and the rain —

There was around a dozen tickets and who knows how many that disintegrated.  And then they came along and wrote 2 more.  So we packed them up in a plastic baggie and left the agent a message —

Already Ticketed a Dozen Times and Reported to 311.

Please Tow!

We reported it to 311 and were given the report number of C1-1-642978092.  The 311 was called in at 5:30 PM on Friday 4/1.

We were advised that if the vehicle had no plates, we would have been routed to Sanitation and they would have it towed.

However, since this vehicle had both plates, it needed to go to the NYPD for investigation first.  And as it wasn’t an emergency, it would be prioritized appropriately.

So, now, we wait . . . and keep track . . .