Archive for April, 2017

The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #167

April 28, 2017


** Our Top Stories:

** Next WRBA Town Hall – Thursday, 5/18 7 PM, Emanuel United Church of Christ
** Noise Complaints
** Spring Recycling Event  – Sunday, 4/30 10 AM
** Voices of Woodhaven – Friday, 4/28 10 PM

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven (and surrounding areas):

** Tour the Forest Park Greenhouse – Saturday, 4/29 9 AM

** Test Your Woodhaven Knowledge – Tuesday, 5/2 7 PM
** Community Board 9 Meeting – Tuesday, 5/9 7:45 PM
** Women in Politics Breakfast  – Saturday 5/13 10 AM
** Forest Park Memorial Drive Dedication Ceremony – Saturday 5/20 10 AM
** Emanuel’s 140th Anniversary Party  – Saturday 5/20 5 PM
** Memorial Day Ceremonies – Thursday 5/25 and Monday 5/29
** Historical Society Party at Forest Park Carousel – Friday 6/23 6 PM


** News & Announcements
** LinkNYC Kiosks Coming to Woodhaven
** 87th Street Debate at CB9
** Basement Apartment Debate Continues
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2017
** Earth Day at the Cemetery
** WWI Fighters to Be Honored in Woodhaven
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources


** Our Top Stories:
** Next WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Thursday, May 18th 2017 @ 7:00pm at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 93-12 91st Avenue (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Click here for the 2017 schedule of Woodhaven Town Hall meetings.
** Noise Complaints – Now that the warmer weather is arriving, so are the noise complaints. If you are having issues with a noisy neighbor, please remember to call 311 (or enter the complaint online) and pass along the 311# to the WRBA so we can keep track of it and follow up on it with the 102nd Precinct.
** Spring Recycling Event – It’s time for Mike Miller and Joe Addabbo’s annual spring recycling event in the Forest Park Bandshell Parking Lot. It’s Sunday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for more info (see bonus coverage by clicking here).
** Voices of Woodhaven – Woodhaven’s weekly online LIVE talk show (click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE, or any other time to listen on-demand). This Friday’s Topic: Looking back at Woodhaven April 1964, courtesy of the New York Herald Tribune!
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:


** Tour the Forest Park Greenhouse – It will be open to the public on Saturday April 29th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for details and info.

** Test Your Woodhaven Knowledge – So you think you know all about Woodhaven? Come out on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7 PM at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue) for a fun presentation / quiz in which teams of residents will team up to show off their Woodhaven Brains! Complete with game-show buzzers! Click here for a brief commercial.
** Community Board Meeting – The next meeting of Community Board 9 is on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:45 PM. May’s meeting will be held at the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Click here to view the May Meeting Agenda.
** Women in Politics Breakfast – Come out and meet residents with an interest in politics and increasing the participation of women in the political process. This will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 10 AM at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 93-12 91st Avenue (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Tickets are $20 ($10 for kids). Nydia Velázquez, Grace Meng, LeRoy Comrie, James Sanders, Scott Stringer and more will be attending. Email for details and reservations.
** Forest Park Memorial Drive Dedication Ceremony – At 12 Noon on Saturday, May 20th, Forest Park Drive will be co-named Forest Park Memorial Drive, in honor of the many soldiers that sacrificed their lives for our country. This ceremony will take place at Oak Ridge, right in the midst of the Memorial Trees of Woodhaven. Details of this ceremony coming soon. In the meantime, click here to read the original resolution by American Legion Post 118 and some letters of support.
** Emanuel’s 140th Anniversary Party – Emanuel United Church of Christ is celebrating their 140th Anniversary with an old fashioned pasta party – with old fashioned prices! For just $5 you get a spaghetti supper with bread, dessert and beverage all included! Saturday, May 20th at 5 p.m. Click here for more info and stay tuned for even more details. Reserve your seats now – 718-849-1153!
** Memorial Day Ceremonies – Memorial Day is Monday, May 29th. The GWDC/WBID will be holding their annual ceremony on the evening of Thursday, May 25th at Forest Parkway. And American Legion Post 118 will be holding their annual ceremony at their headquarters (89-02 91st Street) on Memorial Day morning. As soon as we have the exact times we will pass them along.
** Historical Society Party at Forest Park Carousel – The WCHS is hosting their 2nd Annual Party at the Carousel Friday, June 23rd from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For $10 kids get unlimited rides and a free magic show. Plus! Lots of good raffle prizes for kids to win. 


** News & Announcements:
** LinkNYC Kiosks Coming to Woodhaven –  Click here to read about how kiosks that offer free Wi-Fi and allow people to charge phones, access maps to get directions, and call 911 are coming to Woodhaven. Click here to read more about LinkNYC Kiosks.
** 87th Street Debate at CB9 – What to do about the traffic outside St. Thomas the Apostle was discussed at the WRBA March Town Hall meeting and this past week it reached Community Board 9 (who voted unanimously against turning 87th Street into a one-way street). Click here to read about the meeting (and click here for additional coverage about the controversy).
** Basement Apartment Debate Continues – The debate over legalizing basement apartment continues – click here to read more about it.
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2017 – The GWYS is scheduled for Saturday September 23rd. Houses from all over Woodhaven will be participating and will be included on maps distributed online and all over Woodhaven. People have started to come from all over to the GWYS – let us drive the traffic to your door! Email now to register! And tell your neighbors! Our experience has been that ‘clusters’ of homes end up doing much better the day of the GWYS.
** Earth Day at the Cemetery Click here to view April Highlights at the Wyckoff-Snedicker family cemetery on 96th Street. This month, Earth Day was celebrated with leaf composting, grass growing, and flower planting – all the kids attending received good lessons on maintaining Mother Earth.
** WWI Fighters to Be Honored in WoodhavenClick here for a news story about the ceremony to co-name Forest Park Memorial Drive. Click here for bonus coverage.
** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – 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
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association


CM Eric Ulrich’s April Newsletter

April 12, 2017
Dear Friends,
Spring is upon us! As the weather continues to get warmer, I’d like to take the opportunity to share some recent announcements and updates from my office.
If you would like to suggest an event or an announcement to include in our next e-newsletter, please email Natalia Kozikowska at
As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to call my District Office at (718) 738-1083.
And to all my constituents celebrating either Passover or Easter this week, enjoy the holiday!
Eric Ulrich
New York City Council Member
District 32
 Councilman Ulrich Honors a Hometown Hero
During the ceremonial portion of the New York City Council Stated Meeting on Wednesday, April 5, Councilman Eric Ulrich honored Lt. John Russo with a proclamation for his outstanding detective work, which led to an arrest in the Karina Vetrano case. Lt. Russo, a Howard Beach resident, was instrumental in identifying the suspect, who was indicted on 13 counts of murder and sexual abuse later that day.
In February, a 20-year-old Brooklyn man, Chanel Lewis, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the highly-publicized death of Karina Vetrano – the Queens jogger whose body was found in a Howard Beach park. Connecting the dots, Lt. Russo of the 106th Precinct spent six months poring through records, eventually finding the alleged killer. With this new lead, cops were able to obtain a DNA sample, linking Lewis to the murder.
“For many months, there was a profound sense of sorrow and grief that swept over not only Howard Beach, but all of New York,” Councilman Ulrich said at the ceremonial. “We’re honoring a hometown hero. He is truly one of New York’s finest and it’s because of him that we were able to make an arrest in this case, bring about some justice, and hopefully bring about some closure not only for the Vetrano family, but for the community, who also felt the pain that was caused as a result of this heinous crime.”
To view the entire album for last week’s ceremonial, click here.
Councilman Ulrich Funds and Hosts Successful Tree Planting Event at Forest Park

On Saturday, April 8, Councilman Ulrich, in conjunction with Friends of Forest Park, hosted a successful tree planting project at Forest Park. More than 100 volunteers participated in the effort, which was funded by the Councilman’s office. Nearly 90 trees were planted near the Richmond Hill War Memorial. The initiative sought to replace dozens of trees that were downed during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

To view the entire album, click here.
Enough is Enough – Councilman Ulrich Wants Gov. Cuomo to Redeploy State Troopers in NYC

Last week, Councilman Ulrich reached out to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to request that State Police Superintendent George Beach redeploy the additional state troopers patrolling New York City to other areas of the state.
“While I can appreciate your commitment to keep New Yorkers safe, a number of my constituents have contacted my office to protest the enhanced police presence, citing overzealous ticketing for minor traffic violations,” Councilman Ulrich wrote in his letter to Cuomo.
“State police confirmed over the last several years they issued an average of 50 tickets per year in New York City. In the first month-and-a-half of this year, they have already handed out 3,000 tickets. At this rate, state troopers are on-track to issue 24,000 tickets to City drivers annually – nearly a 50,000 percent increase from the years prior to this push. With more than 20 percent of New Yorkers living below the poverty line, I am troubled by this staggering figure.”
A Special ‘Thank You’

In October, Councilman Ulrich coordinated a street co-naming ceremony honoring Justin Zemser, a UN Navy Midshipman who was killed in the AMTRAK derailment in 2015.  His father, Howard Zemser, wanted to say thank you and presented the Councilman and staff his with t-shirts he had printed commemorating the occasion.
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