Archive for May, 2016

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 156

May 24, 2016

grapevine-summer

** Our Top Stories:

** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW 
** Mary Whalen Playground Reopening – Friday 6/3
** Rockaway Beach LIRR Reactivation Discussed  at Woodhaven Town Hall
** Next WRBA Town Hall Thursday, June 16th
** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio

 

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Woodhaven Historical Society – Life During Wartime TOMORROW
** Memorial Day Service at Forest Parkway – Thursday 5/26
** Memorial Day Service at the American Legion – Monday 5/30
** Grocery Auction – Friday 6/3
** Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market – Sunday 6/5
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday 6/5
** 12 Infamous NYC Crime Scenes – Tuesday 6/7
** GWDC Spring Dance – Friday 6/10
** Pet Adoption Event   – Saturday 6/11
** Knickity Knack Sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club – Sunday 6/12

** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – Friday 6/24

 

** News & Announcements
** Save Our Streets 

** Beware of Scams

** 102 Pct Announces Crime Drop
** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally
** Mayor Ulrich? 
** Woodhaven Poetry Society Awards Students
** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees 
** Queens Impact Award Winner** Remembering Good Men
** Man Sentenced for Woodhaven Killing
** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair 
** Fall Harvest Festival 
** SBS Recaps ** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

 

** Our Top Stories:
 
** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW – The next Department of Transportation “open house” to present the latest proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard will be TOMORROW Wednesday May 25th at PS 306 (95-16 89th Avenue) from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here to read some early reactions to the changes they’ve made. Please attend this session and share your opinion with DOT. Do you want bus riders to wait on medians in the middle of the Boulevard? Do you want lanes of traffic removed 24/7, for bus use only? Do you want left turns onto streets like Union Turnpike and Rockaway Boulevard banned? Share your opinion with DOT at the open house tomorrow. Your voice matters.
 
** Mary Whalen Playground – Council Member Elizabeth Crowley is pleased to invite you to the ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated Mary Whalen Playground, Friday, June 3 at 12 Noon in Forest Park at 79th Street and Park Lane South. Click here for more details.
 
** WRBA Town Hall / Rockaway Beach LIRR Reactivation –  Assemblyman Phillip Goldfered attended our last Town Hall meeting and discussed the proposal to reactivate the Rockaway Beach Branch of the LIRR; money has been put aside for a feasibility study. Click here to see Assemblyman Goldfeder’s appearance at the WRBA Woodhaven Town Hall. The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 7 pm on Thursday, June 16th at American Legion Hall Post 118 – 89-02 91st Street (near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.
 
** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio – Click here FRIDAY at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want) to hear the latest news in Woodhaven – and catch up on our rich and interesting past!  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered). Our guest this Friday will be New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich.

 

 
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
 
** Woodhaven Historical Society – There will be a presentation tomorrow at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The topic is Woodhaven During Wartime.  Attendance is free and refreshments will be served.
 
** Memorial Day Service at Forest Parkway – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is sponsoring a Small Town Memorial Service at 7:30 pm on May 26 at the Forest Park Plaza area. There will be a color guard, a laying of a wreath, and patriotic songs. 
 
** Memorial Day Service at the American Legion – The American Legion will host their annual Memorial Day services starting approximately 10 am (on Monday, May 30th) in front of Post 118 on 91st Street and 89th Avenue. It is a patriotic ceremony that remembers those that lost their lives while serving our country. Afterwards, everyone will be invited inside to meet and greet one another – hot dogs and soda will be served.
 
** Grocery Auction – One of the more popular local events is back!  Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard) will be hosting their annual Grocery Auction on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.  A $10 ticket gives you 50 chances to win groceries, door prizes and also includes cake and coffee. A great value and a fun time!
 
** Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market – There will be a Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market @ Forest Park Cooperative on Sunday 6/5 (Rain date is 6/12) Located at 83-30 98th Street in Woodhaven from 10AM until 2PM.  Items for sale include Housewares/household items, knick-knacks, baby items, knitted toys, doll clothes, holiday items, frames, books, clothing, small appliances, cosmetics, perfumes, quilt sheets, dolls, games, DVDs, footwear, office/school supplies, glassware, jewelry, collectible dolls, etc.
 
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – There will be a FREE walking tour of Woodhaven on Sunday, June 5th. The tour will meet at the Wyckoff-Snedeker Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue (behind All Saints Church) at 12:30. The plan is to spend 30 minutes at the cemetery and leave there about 1 pm to walk down Jamaica Avenue and visit the site of old movie theaters, Schmidt’s Candies, and other points of interest along the way (including Mae West’s house, different memorials around town, and maybe a few surprises). We will complete the tour at Neir’s Tavern on 78th Street. Please RSVP to woodhavenhistory@gmail.com.
 
** 12 Infamous NYC Crime Scenes – Free Presentation – Retired NYPD Detective Ike Ilkiw will be giving a presentation entitled “12 Infamous NYC Crime Scenes: A Modern Perspective.” Mr. Ilkiw gave this presentation earlier this year at the WCHS and it was very well received – it’s a guarantee that you will enjoy this. This return engagement will take place on the evening of Tuesday, June 7th at 7 pm at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). This presentation is part of the Woodhaven Historians meeting and is free to the public. 
 
** GWDC Spring Dance – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.’s 37th Anniversary “Spring into Woodhaven” Dinner Dance will be held on Friday June 10th at 7:30 pm at the Woodhaven Manor. Tickets for this fundraiser are $65, please call (718) 805-0202 for reservations. This year’s honores are Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (Woman of the Year), Sal Simonetti, chief of staff for Councilman Eric Ulrich (Man of the Year), Victor Hui of Dexter Wine and Liquors (Businessman of the Year), Woodhaven Manor’s Mandeep Singh and Sangita M. Patel (Business of the Year) and Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct (Special Recognition Award 2016).
 
** Pet Adoption Event – The Richmond Hill Block Association is hosting a Pet Adoption Fair on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buddy Monument Plaza in Forest Park. This is the ninth year they’ve held this event – over their eight previous events they’ve helped more than 80 pets find their forever homes. They are working in conjunction with the ASPCA of New York, the Animal Care Center of New York and Heavenly Angels Rescue – dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Adopting families will receive  pet supplies donated by volunteers from the Richmond Hill Block Association. Click here for more information.
 
** Knickity Knack Sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club – There will be a knick knack sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club (86-08 95th Avenue) on Sunday June 12th from 10am to 4pm. Branc new designer ladies and girls’ clothing, hand crafted items, vintage items, comics, books, household goods, records, hair accessories, toys and, of course, knick knacks.For more information email knickityknackswac@gmail.com
 
** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is holding a party at the Forest Park Carousel on Friday June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Special $10 passes will be sold giving unlimited rides on the Carousel and the new addition, the Woodhaven Express Train Ride. There will be a magic show — a great table full of raffle prizes — and special horse races throughout the evening with multiple prizes!  Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com or call718-805-2002 for more info.
 
** News & Announcements:

 

** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too? If not, please ask them now — we need as many signatures as possible, and it’ll take just a minute:  www.saveourstreets.nyc
 
** Beware of Scams – There are a lot of scammers out there – and they prey on people, particularly seniors. There are 2 phone scams in particular going around you should be aware of. The first is when you get a call from someone purporting to be from the IRS, saying you owe them money — click here to read about this scam and how you can protect yourself. The other involves a person calling you up, saying that your computer has a virus and they can help you. In the end, they will place a virus on your machine and help themselves to some of your money. Click here to read about that one and how you can avoid it.  Please pass along this info to any seniors that you know.
 
** 102 Pct Announces Crime Drop – The 102 announced that the precinct has seen crime drop by 26 percent year-to-date. Click here for details.
 
** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally – The quest to landmark Neir’s Tavern made the New York Times this past week. It also made news in the Queens Chronicle, and Queens Tribune.  Bonus: Click here to hear interview with Neir’s Owner Loy Gordon.
 
** Mayor Ulrich? – Could our NY City Councilman be getting ready to run for Mayor? Click here to find out.
 
** Woodhaven Poetry Society Awards Students – Iron Horse Poetry, formerly known as the Woodhaven Poetry Society, sponsored a poetry contest at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy and honored the winners on Monday. Click here for pictures and details.

 

** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees – American Legion Auxiliary Post 118 and the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society (along with several other groups and neighborhood volunteers) decorated the Memorial Trees in Forest Park again for 2016. Click here for video highlights. And if you are wondering why they are decorated, click here for some backgroundBonus: Read about it here in the Queens Chronicle.
 
** Queens Impact Award Winner – Sr. Cathy Feeney of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women in Woodhaven was awarded with a Queens Impact Award by the Times Ledger last week.  Click here to see Sr. Cathy accepting her award on behalf of the school.
 
** Remembering Good Men – Click here to read an article about 2 good men who volunteered at the Boys Club of America and had their lives cut tragically short 35 years ago in one of the darkest chapters of Woodhaven’s history. 
 
** Man Sentenced for Woodhaven Killing – A Bronx man was sentenced to 18 years in prison  for his part in a fatal gang beating of a teen they thought was gay at a party on 90th Street back in 2011. Click here for video of the candlelight vigil help at the location of the beating.

 

** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post – We have set up a Facebook page for those who would like to buy, sell, or trade items with your neighbors online. If you’re on Facebook, click “Like” to get notified of the latest items being put up for sale – use this page to look for or announce your Yard Sales. Note – this year’s Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is going to be on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

 
** 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 16 from noon to 6 p.m., 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 Councilman 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!
 

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. 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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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 155

May 6, 2016

grapevine-summer

** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall Thursday, May 19th
** Radio Free Woodhaven

** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meetings
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven
** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally
** Military Tribute Honoring Veterans
** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project
** Small Business Forum
** Learn to Code and Launch a Career in Tech
** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees
** Grocery Auction
** Pet Adoption Event 
** Historical Society’s Carousel Party

** News & Announcements
** Save Our Streets 
** DOB’s No-Penalty Inspections
** NYC Jobs
** The Prince – Woodhaven Connection
** Woodhaven Artist Profiled at Historical Society Meeting
** Woodhaven’s Famous Union Course Race Track
** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair 
** Fall Harvest Festival
** SBS Recaps 
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be 7 pm on Thursday, May 19th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue – corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder is scheduled to attend and discuss the MTA’s feasibility study on the LIRR’s Rockaway Beach Rail Line. Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Click here TONIGHT at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want) to hear the latest news in Woodhaven – and catch up on our rich and interesting past!  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered).

** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meetings – The DOT has scheduled 3 town hall meetings in May to present the latest proposals for Woodhaven Boulevard. This will be our first chance to see the latest proposal, which the DOT put together after the meeting last November, after which they announced a delay in implementation while they made changes to the plans. The meeting in Woodhaven will be on Wednesday May 25th at PS 306 (95-16 89th Avenue) from 6 to 8 p.m. If you cannot make the meeting here in Woodhaven, there are two others scheduled, one in the Rockaways and one in Ozone Park (click here for details).
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven  TOMORROW The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is hosting a special antique showcase onSaturday, May 7th starting at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue – corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Veteran appraiser Eddie Costello will come to Woodhaven and give free appraisals for 2 hours, and all of it will be broadcast on a giant screen – so even if you just come to watch, you’ll get a closeup view of what’s being appraised!  Members of the Woodhaven Historical Society are guaranteed 1 free appraisal – and then names will be drawn for free appraisals for as long as time permits. Mr. Costello is pretty fast, so there’s a real good chance if you bring something you’ll get a free appraisal. Attendance is free, refreshments will be served.  Click here for video highlight’s of a prior visit by Mr. Costello.

** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally – TOMORROW  On Saturday May 7th from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street) is hosting a Landmark Support Rally in partnership with the Historic Districts Council of NYC. This event will kick off a concerted effort to push forward a long & difficult process of getting Neir’s designated as a landmark. Click here for more info on Neir’s potential landmarking.

** Military Tribute Honoring Veterans – This free concert by by the Queens Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich and will be held onWednesday, May 11, at 7:00 pm at the Broad Channel American Legion Post 1404, (209 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY 11693). Please RSVP to 718-738-1083.

** Small Business Forum – Assemblyman Mike Miller is hosting a Small Business Forum on Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue – corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Take the opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns from these agencies: FDNY, NYPD, Consumer Affairs, Sanitation, Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, Department of Buildings, Small Business Services, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene / Food Safety, and OSHA. If you have any questions, call Assemblyman Miller’s office at 718-805-0950.

** Learn to Code and Launch a Career in Tech  – Council Member Crowley announces Access Code Info Session at The Shops at Atlas Park, Friday May 13from 3:30-4:30 in the Community Room. C4Q’s Access Code is an intensive 10-month program that trains adults with no prior coding experience to become industry ready computer programmers and helps them get jobs at leading tech companies that are looking to hire the next generation of talent. These positions are in high demand with high-paid salaries—our recent graduates’ income increased on average from $18,000 to $85,000. For more details and to apply, check out: www.c4q.nyc/accesscode/.

** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project – The ongoing restoration of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker cemetery continues on Saturday, May 14th, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Come out and work with your friends and neighbors, get some fresh air and exercise, in the oldest, most historic spot in Woodhaven. If you aren’t familiar with the cemetery, it is behind All Saint’s Church, at 96th Street and 86th Avenue. Click here for a video from last month when the group received a visit from a descendant of the Lott family (the Lotts were one of Woodhaven’s founding families and there are over 2 dozen Lotts buried in our Woodhaven cemetery).

** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees – American Legion Post 118 and the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society (along with several other groups and neighborhood volunteers) are planning to decorate the Memorial Trees in Forest Park again for 2016. If you recall, some of the trees along Forest Park Drive were planted in the names of Woodhaven soldiers killed in WW1 and were decorated every Memorial Day for years, a tradition that was revived last year. The decorating will take place on Monday May 16th from 4 p.m. to around 6:30 p.m. (meeting outside Oak Ridge). 75 years ago, this used to be a tradition that all residents took part in – residents are invited to take part again and help decorate the trees. Help is needed! Don’t forget those Woodhaven soldiers who gave their lives. Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com or call 718-805-2002 for more info.

** Grocery Auction – One of the more popular local events is back!  Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard) will be hosting their annual Grocery Auction on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.  A $10 ticket gives you 50 chances to win groceries, door prizes and also includes cake and coffee. A great value and a fun time!

** Pet Adoption Event – The Richmond Hill Block Association is hosting a Pet Adoption Fair on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buddy Monument Plaza in Forest Park. This is the ninth year they’ve held this event – over their eight previous events they’ve helped more than 80 pets find their forever homes. They are working in conjunction with the ASPCA of New York, the Animal Care Center of New York and Heavenly Angels Rescue – dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Adopting families will receive  pet supplies donated by volunteers from the Richmond Hill Block Association. Click here for more information.

** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is holding a party at the Forest Park Carousel on Friday June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Special $10 passes will be sold giving unlimited rides on the Carousel and the new addition, the Woodhaven Express Train Ride. There will be a magic show — a great table full of raffle prizes — and special horse races throughout the evening with multiple prizes!  Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com or call718-805-2002 for more info.

** News & Announcements:

** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too?  www.saveourstreets.nyc

** DOB’s No Penalty Inspections – The Department of Buildings has started its annual no-penalty deck and retaining wall inspections – a great idea to promote safety in your backyard now that summer is coming! Click here for details.

** NYC Jobs – Click here for a list of applications and schedules for tests for NYC Jobs.

** The Prince – Woodhaven ConnectionClick here to read about how Prince, who died 2 weeks ago, helped create life in Woodhaven. Bonus: Click here to hear the interview this story is based on.

** Woodhaven Artist Profiled at Historical Society Meeting – Artist Stephen Csoka was born in Hungary in 1897 and trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 1934, he moved to the United States with his new wife, Margaret, and over the next few decades his paintings and etchings won many awards. He taught art for many years, both at Hunter College and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and today his work can be found in the permanent collection of over 34 museums both in the United States and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Met, The Whitney, and the Library of Congress. And he was a resident of Woodhaven for over 30 years. His son Frank Csoka (also a former resident of Woodhaven) came to the April meeting of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society to discuss his father’s work – click here to view highlights.

** Woodhaven’s Famous Union Course Race Track – Click here for a history lesson on Woodhaven’s famous race track, the Union Course. This is a follow up to last month’s article on Woodhaven’s other race track, Centreville.

** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling PostWe have set up a Facebook page for those who would like to buy, sell, or trade items with your neighbors online. If you’re on Facebook, click “Like” to get notified of the latest items being put up for sale – use this page to look for or announce your Yard Sales. Note – this year’s Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is going to be on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

** 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 16 from noon to 6 p.m., 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 Councilman 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!

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. 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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DOB LAUNCHES ANNUAL NO-PENALTY DECK AND RETAINING WALL INSPECTION PROGRAM

May 6, 2016

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New York, NY – Today, Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced the upcoming start of the Department’s annual No-Penalty Deck and Retaining Wall Inspection Program, a citywide initiative running between May 15th to June 25th, which allows New Yorkers to request a free inspection of their decks, porches, and retaining walls.  Over time, weather and shifting of soil can cause these structures to weaken, deteriorate or lean.  This program gives homeowners the opportunity to ensure these structures are safe before a dangerous deck accident or costly retaining wall failure occurs.  If repairs are needed, and the conditions found do not pose an immediate safety hazard to property owners, the Department will withhold issuing any violations to allow property owners sufficient time to make corrective repairs.

“The Department has already seen a number of deck and retaining wall failures this year, and this program provides the opportunity for homeowners to ensure their property is structurally sound,” said Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler. “Failing to maintain decks, porches or retaining walls can result in accidents, damage to buildings, and excessive repair costs for homeowners.”

Beginning May 15th, property owners can request a free inspection of their decks, porches, or retaining walls to ensure they are structurally sound and in compliance with all City regulations by calling 311. During the assessment, inspectors will check for potentially dangerous conditions, such as cracking, rotting, bulging, leaning and other warning signs that can lead to potential structural failure.

The No-Penalty Retaining Wall Inspection Program was first launched in 2005, and later building upon the success of the initiative, the Deck and Porch Inspection Program was created in 2010. The Department has performed over 500 inspections since the launch of these initiatives, preventing many structural failures and costly repairs for homeowners.

By law, homeowners are required to maintain their decks, porches, and retaining walls in a safe and code compliant manner at all times.  New Yorkers are encouraged to call 311 to report non-compliant conditions.