** 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
** 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 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):
- RBL Feasibility Study (Queens Chronicle)
- Editorial from the WBID (Gazette)
- Rail Study Will Level the Field (Leader-Observer)
- How Will SBS Be Funded? (Queens Chronicle)
- Politics of the Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch (LTV Squad)
- What Will SBS End Up Costing the City? (Queens Chronicle)
- DOT: SBS to Cost Far Less Than 400 Million (Times Ledger)
- SBS Cost Doubles to $400 Million (Times Ledger)
- Price Tag for SBS on Woodhaven DOUBLES (Capital New York)
- Commish: You Can’t Please Everybody (That’s us!) (Queens Chronicle)
- Selecting Safety & Mobility: Woodhaven Bus Service (You Tube)
- SBS Is A Bad Idea: Rosen Vs. Trottenberg (Rockaway Times)
- Woodhaven civic starts anti-SBS petition (Queens Chronicle)
- Woodhaven civic to city: We don’t like Select Bus plan for Woodhaven Blvd. (Queens Courier)
- Woodhaven Civics Start Anti-SBS Petition (Queens Tribune)
- Petition against SBS goes online (Times Ledger)
- WRBA Launches Petition Drive to Highlight Bus Plan’s ‘Unwanted’ Changes to Boulevards (The Forum)
- Ulrich flips stance on SBS—it ‘stinks’ (Queens Chronicle)
- DOT’s “Scary” Solution for Woodhaven (Leader-Observer)
- Bus Rider Group Wants SBS NOW (Tribune)
- Bad For The Boulevard: Woodhaven Residents Blast Select Bus Service Proposal (Tribune)
- Woodhaven Civic Unveils ‘Busway’ Alternative to Rapid Transit Route (Forum)
- Woodhaven residents to DOT: Make us a better Boulevard Bus Plan (Times Newsweekly)
- Miller proposes buses on defunct Rockaway line; SBS postponed until 2017 (Times Ledger)
- ‘Short-term’ SBS coming in early ’17 (Queens Chronicle)
- DOT: Full Woodhaven Boulevard Upgrades Coming Sometime Next Decade (Streets Blog)
- QPTC Urges Queensrail, Not Woodhaven Select Bus Svc. (Queens Gazette)
- Tish James and Queens Pols to DOT: Finish Strong on Woodhaven BRT (Streets Blog)
- Coalition Announces Increased Community Support for Select Bus Service; Civic rips ‘artificial’ rally; Woodhaven ‘strongly opposes’ DOT plan, group says (Forum)
- DOT Hits The Brakes On SBS Plans (Queens Tribune)
- Where’s the proof SBS will work on Woodhaven? (Queens Chronicle)
- Still waiting for an SBS vote at CB 9 (Queens Chronicle)
- WRBA’s Alexander Blenkinsopp on SBS and the Proposed BusWay (Project Woodhaven)
- Complete Video of SBS Meeting in Woodhaven (Project Woodhaven)
** 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 email@example.com.