Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 150



** Our Top Stories:

    • Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue
    • 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids
    • WRBA Town Hall
    • SBS To Cost 400 Million
    • Radio Free Woodhaven

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

    • Queens Memory Project in Woodhaven 
    • Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration
    • American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
    • Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern
    • Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven
    • Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven
    • WORKS Little League Parade
    • Recycling Event

** News & Announcements

    • Update of Pop’s from the WBID
    • Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St)
    • Police Release Video of Shooter
    • Parks Dept Honors Volunteers
    • Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven
    • Woodhaven Mom Steals From Her Daughter
    • Engine 293 Renovations
    • Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
    • Fall Harvest Festival
    • Collecting for the Troops
    • Richmond Hill Library Upgrades
    • SBS Recaps
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue –  A group of young men attacked and stabbed a 24-year old young man on a busy Jamaica Avenue, during rush hour.  This story is developing. Anyone with information about this attack should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

** 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids – Next Friday (3/11) is the start of 311 Weekend – a great way to help the community *AND* help some local kids with special needs. Basically, next weekend we need people to call 311 and report issues around the community that need addressed — broken streetlights, graffiti covered walls, illegal signs, illegal conversions, illegal curb cuts — and we need people to make small pledges — .10 per 311, .20 per 311, etc. And the money will go to the Challenger Division of WORKS Little League (formerly Rich-Haven) which is for kids with special needs, kids with Autism, etc. Click here for details.

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 19th at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street, near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.


** SBS To Cost 400 Million – It was revealed last week that DOT now admits that the cost for the proposed Woodhaven Boulevard SBS changes are double what they were originally saying.  The WRBA believes that the proposed changes to Woodhaven Boulevard are being forced on us by City Hall and by city agencies that have repeatedly failed our community. We are asking all of our residents to take 2 minutes to fill out this petition. This is critical to ensuring our voices are heard. Please share the petition website, www.SaveOurStreets.nyc, with family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to sign it.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – Tune in tonight at 10 PM to hear the latest on the recent stabbing on Jamaica Avenue, and the other top stories in Woodhaven. Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE – or click the link any time later on to listen on demand. What issues in Woodhaven do you think demand immediate attention – call (646) 378-1612 and speak your piece!
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Queens Memory Project in Woodhaven – The Queen Library Archives have partnered with Queens College on the Queens Memory Project, an effort to collect and build an archive of local memories through old photographs, documents, and more. The Queens Memory Project will be at Neir’s Tavern, 87-48 78th Street, tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more details.
** Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration – The ongoing restoration of the Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery kicks off 2016 with a get-together on Saturday, March 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. The cemetery is on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints.

** American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon – Woodhaven’s American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Sunday, March 13th from 1PM to 5PM. They will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with Irish soda bread, beer, wine, soda and dessert.There will be music and dancing with DJ Walter, a 50/50 and lots of raffles! It costs $25 per person; make reservations early as there will be limited seating. Time is running out – seats are very limited! Respond no later than March 8th. Call Jennifer Farley at 718-296-3923.

** Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern – Neir’s Tavern held a very popular Paint Night last month – and they are doing it again on Wednesday, March 30th. Click here for tickets.

** Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven – In December 1978, a group of masked gunmen pulled off the largest cash robbery in US History right here in Queens. The Lufthansa heist netted about $5.875 million ($5 million in cash and $875,000 in jewelry) and the story behind that crime has led to numerous books and movies, most notably “Goodfellas,” which filmed scenes right here in Woodhaven, at Neir’s Tavern. One of the cargo workers that evening, Kerry Whalen, was bludgeoned and held at gunpoint and his experiences with the crime and the ensuing investigation led to his book “Inside the Lufthansa HEI$T: The FBI Lied” (Click here: bit.ly/fbi-lied). Recently, Mr. Whalen testified in the trial of Mr. Vincent Asaro, and he’ll be the guest speaker at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, March 30th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). We will also have a presentation on the filming of Goodfellas and some Goodfellas trivia along with the discussion with Mr. Whalen. This lecture is free and 100% open to the public – everyone is invited! Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com if you have any questions.
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday April 3rd 12 Noon – click here to read about it in this week’s Leader. Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com to RSVP.  Bonus: Click here for a little history on the early days of Woodhaven and Ozone Park and the original dreams of John R. Pitkin for a new New York City!

** WORKS Little League Parade – 
Saturday, April 9th, kicking off from Equity Park at 10 AM. Come out and cheer on the kids of WORKS Little League as they leave PS 60, march down to Jamaica Avenue and along Jamaica Avenue to Forest Parkway before heading to the bandshell. Click here for coverage of last year’s parade!

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 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 and confidential papers. NO CARDBOARD. ALL PAPER ITEMS WILL BE SHREDDED WHILE YOU WATCH TO ENSURE SAFETY. Carpeting accepting ‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only. Household Goods including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes. Book & Eyeglasses accepted as Donations. For more information please call  Frank Fazio  in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** News & Announcements:

** Update of Pop’s from the WBID – Some updates on Pop’s Restaurant, from Maria Thomson of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District:

1. The new persons involved in the Restaurant are renters, not owners and Woodhaven Residents;

2. The owner of the Restaurant stipulated that all renovations or changes must be approved by him, this was not done;

3. They did not have permission to renovate (destroy) Pop’s as we knew it;

4. They, the renters, have applied for a Liquor License for Wine, Beer and Liquor;

5. The SLA Liquor License that was previously in place was for ONLY Wine and Beer;

6. The owner of the building is also very incensed by their actions that they sadly destroyed this, our beloved Woodhaven Restaurant;

UPDATE on Pops Restaurant

A Stop Work Order has been issued by the Buildings Department against Pops restaurant for Work Without Permits, thank you Michael for the Picture. So, all of this destruction was made illegally. During the inspection the Department of Buildings found additional problems with the electricity and plumbing. The WBID will be monitoring this location and keep you aware.

** Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St) – Fridays during Lent (through March 18), Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church (85-45 96th St. – (718) 849-2352).

** Police Release Video of Shooter – The NYPD has released video of the person who shot 2 people in an Atlantic Avenue restaurant on February 20th. Click here for more information.

** Parks Dept Honors Volunteers – There was a celebration in Forest Park last week honoring the people who volunteer to keep our park beautiful. Receiving a special award was Woodhaven’s Charlotte Butler, President of the K9 Korral Dog Run in Forest Park. Click here for pictures and video.

** Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven – The ongoing cleanup of the Atlantic Avenue Overpass will result in some road closures periodically during March and April.Click here for details.

** Woodhaven Mom Steals From Her Daughter – A Woodhaven mom stole $65,000 of her disabled daughter’s money, which she used for vacations and liposuction.Click here for details.

** Engine 293 Renovations – The FDNY Department of 87th street is scheduled to receive major renovations. Click here for more information.

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 6 PM, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides – an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!

** Collecting for the Troops – Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 have adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division serving in Afghanistan, and they have been collecting items, boxing them up, and shipping them out. They would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously so far, and let you know that they are still collecting donations of laundry detergent pods, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, body wash/shampoo travel size, baby wipes, baby powder, razors, floss, chewing gum, and assorted candies . Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue). Click here for some pictures and video of Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 packing up your donations to travel to Afghanistan!

** Richmond Hill Library Upgrades – In the last Grapevine, we advised you that the Ozone Park Library branch at 92-24 Rockaway Blvd. would be closed for the next 6 months for renovations. Now comes word that the Richmond Hill Library could be closed as much as 14 months, click here for details.

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is sure to be a hot topic in Woodhaven in 2016. Here’s a recap of recent headlines for those who want to catch up (updated from week to week):

** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – woodhaven-nyc.org. There, you will find our Community Calendar, Latest News and Announcements, Membership Info, our Press Releases, and a list of our media appearances.

** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.


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