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2013 in review and a wish list for 2014

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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 10:30 am

In 2013, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, Woodhaven Business Improvement District and the neighborhood as a whole experienced many changes, the biggest being November’s elections.

The GWDC and Woodhaven BID wish our newly elected officials the very best in their new positions. May they be very successful in their leadership of our city and supportive of Woodhaven. To our electeds leaving office we thank them for their excellent public service, leadership, commitment and their consideration of Woodhaven.

In 2013, it was deja vu all over again, when the old defeated cause of reactivating the Rockaway Beach Rail Road line was raised. Twice many years ago this 3.5 mile abandoned line had been proposed to be electrified. In both instances these proposals were soundly defeated by a coalition of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Glendale and Woodhaven leaders and residents. In every proposal, including the recent one, these communities have opposed their backyards being exposed to the dangers of electrification and the disruption to their quality of life.

Now a QueensWay, a High Line-like park, is proposed. This QueensWay has been given over $467,000 for a “study” by Gov. Cuomo. At this time this 3.5 mile area is quiet and if any activity should take place there, it should be its cleaning and its maintenance, for it is part of Forest Park. Again, Woodhaven residents will have to discuss this and also consider a proposal made by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.

Now to the 2013 GWDC/WBID Wish List to see what was accomplished:

1. More Police Officers for our 102nd Precinct. Although we still do not have enough officers, crime is low in the 102nd Precinct. This wish remains on our 2014 list.

2. New brighter LED luminaries along Jamaica Avenue. This is still under consideration.

3. More greenery on Jamaica Avenue. This will be pursued as six new planters, as well as trees are being considered. The WBID has been advised by the Parks Department that no new trees will be planted on Jamaica Avenue. Our organization will continue to pursue this.

4. Benches installed along Jamaica Avenue. This installation of new benches has been proposed to various locations along the strip. In 2013, two stores/businesses responded and had two benches installed free of charge from NYC. Hopefully more locations will request these attractive durable benches in 2014.

5. The securing of an elevator at the Woodhaven Boulevard subway station. This elevator would assist the disabled, elderly and others to provide easy access to the J and Z lines.

6. The return of the NYPD Mounted Troop G Unit to the 102nd Precinct. This return of the mounted was on our wish list since they were removed. We now join our elected officials in calling for the return of this unit.

“Perennial Wishes”- Wishes Fufilled

1. The Forest Park Carousel — The landmarking of the Carousel so that it will be preserved and eligible for preservation funding. This wish was fulfilled, after the GWDC pursued this designation for 30 years. The Forest Park Carousel is now landmarked.

Now our wish will be the enclosing of the Carousel area for all-year round use; a restaurant in line with the restaurant in Manhattan’s Bryant Park within the enclosure.

There are many other small challenges that the GWDC and WBID face and overcome on a daily basis, which have not been listed or noted. In 2014, through the GWDC, we look forward to working to bring to positive resolution to any projects that will affect our stores, businesses, and apartment buildings throughout Woodhaven. Through the WBID, we look to do the same on Jamaica Avenue from 100th Street to Dexter Court. Working together with our newly elected officials, we will to continue to bring funding into the community. In this way, we will preserve our property values in a strong, stable, safe, improving community in which to work, to own businesses and own homes where families come to thrive and their children grow with a good quality of life for all. May 2014 be a Healthy, Happy, Prosperous Year for you and yours and for all in Woodhaven.

May God bless our Armed Forces, our disabled veterans and may God bless America.

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