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A new business and an old ‘jewel’

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:30 am

Last year at this time, the quest for the landmarking of our Daniel Muller-carved carousel was attained.

The Forest Park Carousel is truly “the Jewel of Forest Park.” In the years that followed of closing and disrepair in the 1980s, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation continued to gain support for landmarking through many years. In this way, our “jewel” would never be closed or neglected and funds could be accessed for its maintenance, security and care and with this protection our beloved carousel will be saved once and for all!

After the GWDC’s correspondence through the years with voluminous files of letters and information from our GWDC office to the Landmark Preservation Commission and the strong advocacy of our Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, the landmarking of the “Jewel of Forest Park” was made official on June 25, 2013. A year goes so fast.

You can ride our landmarked Forest Park Carousel weekdays until 5 p.m. in June and 6 p.m. in July and August. On weekends, it will be open until 8 p.m.

This was a busy week, with all good news for Woodhaven.

I had the privilege of cutting the ribbon on a new unique yogurt store, Go Natural, which opened at 88-20 Jamaica Ave.

This frozen yogurt store was opened by Jimmy Illescas and his family. Jimmy, who was honored at the 2012 GWDC Dinner Dance, as “Businessman of the Year” also owns Tropical Restaurant. The restaurant has also been extended and renovated now with a large beautiful catering room.

We cut the ribbon last week on his latest venture with his daughter Mechelle, WBID President Mathew Xenakis and his family and others, wishing Jimmy and his family all the best and much success with Go Natural. The WBID also thanks him and his family for living and investing so much in our Woodhaven,

This investment, as many being made in our “Everything Avenue” is a testimony to our Jamaica Avenue’s vitality.

On Saturday, we took part in the citywide “Make Music New York” event to mark the first day of summer. Our event took place at the Forest Parkway Plaza from 6 to 8 p.m. and included a live performance by “Plastic Soul.”

We were even visited by two rubber chicken sisters Elsa and Eunice, who have their own blog. It was a fun evening. We were blessed with beautiful weather which was just perfect for both events.

Only in Woodhaven.

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

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