Archive for June, 2011

4 Is Not Enough

June 22, 2011

In recent weeks, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association have been hearing more and more complaints about noise. This week, we began collecting statements from residents to be used in testimony in front of the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection in relation to the noise control code. The response in the last 24 hours has been strong — with some very vivid descriptions of the degradation of quality of life because of noise. Many thanks to all who have written in, it will help put together an impressive message from the residents of Woodhaven. To those who have yet to submit their thoughts, you have until 5 PM tomorrow — sent it to

One of the common complaints that we’ve received is that when 311 is called, or even if the Precinct is called directly, a response is not immediate. Or sometimes not at all. That’s because Noise Complaints are treated as non-emergency, and the 102 is not adequately staffed to handle non-emergencies.

So that raised a question that we posed last night on Facebook. It read as follows: Think of the size of Woodhaven — from 75th to 100th St — from Park Lane South to Atlantic Avenue. During an average shift, how many patrol cars do you think would be sufficient to cover Woodhaven? The majority of the answers were in the 5 to 8 range, meaning that it should take 5 to 8 patrol cars to cover Woodhaven.

So, let’s measure this against reality — just how many cars does the 102 have out on patrol?

Would it surprise you if we told you 4 patrol cars? Because that’s how many are out there.

For the entire 102nd Precinct. 

Covering Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens, and the Northern part of Ozone Park.

4 patrol cars.   Covering this area.

That’s inadequate. We salute the 102 for their hard work and hearing this makes us further appreciate everything they do. It also makes us realize that on top of calling for increased fines for noise violations, we need to call for more patrol cars, and more police to handle emergency situations — and we need to call for noise violations to be handled by a different agency.

D e v e l o p i n g  .  .  .

Send Us Your Noise Complaints

June 21, 2011

The most common complaint received by the WRBA from residents of Woodhaven is Noise. Please take a few moments to answer one or more of the following questions —

  • How have noise conditions in Woodhaven adversely effected your quality of life?
  • Do you think enough is done to handle noise complaints?
  • Do you feel noise conditions have gotten better or worse over the last 3-5 years?
  • What steps would you like to see taken to improve noise conditions in Woodhaven?

Please send your replies to no later than 5 PM EST THURSDAY JUNE 23rd. If you feel comfortable doing so, please include what street you live on — but it is not necessary.

These statements will be used in testimony in front of the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection in relation to the noise control code next week, hence the deadline.

Your testimony is important.

June Town Hall Cancelled

June 16, 2011

The Woodhaven Town Hall Meeting for June (which was scheduled for this Saturday June 18th) has been cancelled.

There will be a meeting next month (in July), date and time to be determined.

Save Our Library – Again!

June 2, 2011

Here we go again — 3 people at our Woodhaven library are slated to get pink slips.  As of right now the Woodhaven Library has six staff members with one on maturity leave.  If these cuts go through the library will be left with one customer specialist, one librarian, and one clerk – that’s all.

There will be no children’s librarian will be at the Woodhaven Library.

And so, just like last year, the residents of Woodhaven need to show their support for their Library — there will be a rally on:

Please, if you can, come and stop by — last year we had a great turnout —

The rally will be followed by a Summer Reading sign-up and Ice Cream Party!!

Family Safety Event – Saturday June 4th – Forest Park 10 to 2

June 2, 2011

There will be a Family Safety event on Saturday, June 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the bandshell in Forest Park.  This event, coordinated with the 102nd Precinct and the NYPD is sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller.

At this free event, there will be

– VIN Etching
– Bike Etching
– “Safe Child” Photo I.D. Cards
– Bike Helmets Education and Distribution
– Child Safety Seat Check-ups (By appointment only / call 516 571 6808)

They will also be giving out different coded stickers you can use which helps the NYPD determine if your car is being stolen.  For instance, if you never drive your car between the hours of midnight and 5 AM, there is a special sticker which can be affixed to your car — and if the police spot that sticker between those hours, they can pull over the car.

VIN Etching and some of these other precautions can lower your insurance, and definitely increases your safety.  This event is FREE — please take advantage of it.