A little over 2 weeks ago, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association was notified about a house on 80th Street that was abandoned, covered with graffiti, and being used by thugs and vagrants as a hangout.
On the other side of the neighborhood, a house that sat vacant for fifteen years (and had been recently used by teens as a hangout) had recently caught fire and spread to the house next door. It was a tale of two houses, which we covered here — and the WRBA immediately set forth to make sure the same thing didn’t happen again.
It was a group effort, involving a lot of people. A lot of phone calls, e-mails, and a healthy does of media attention. Headlines and front pages like this earned a lot of attention:
And we’re very happy to announce that today — the horror house of 80th Street was SEALED SHUT. Here it is:
It’s just a first step — but in light of the tragic events on 90th Street this past weekend, it’s a very welcome step. A big thanks to all involved —
We can’t let up — there are other houses to seal — graffiti to clear up — noise issues to deal with. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is a group of residents, just like you — people who are willing to volunteer a few hours a month for their community.
The next open meeting is THIS SATURDAY AT 1 PM — at the Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Avenue. Come down and say hello — stick around and tell us what’s on your mind.