Forest Park played host to what is becoming an annual tradition on Saturday — a Fall Festival. Hosted and funded through allocations by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), the fair was attended by hundreds of children who enjoyed Halloween-themed bounce houses, shows and a hay maze completed with a pumpkin patch, where kids could pick a pumpkin and paint it. The city Department of Transportation was on hand with one of its trucks, as were the FDNY and Sanitation Department. Across Woodhaven Boulevard, kids were able to ride the landmarked Carousel one last time before it closes for the winter. Ulrich said he hopes the festival, which expanded since last year, will become a yearly staple at the park.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
The dedicated cluster of graffiti-fighters in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill are getting some professional reinforcements.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced Wednesday that he has allocated $25,000 to the Queens Economic Development Corp. to hire a professional graffiti-removal service that will regularly clean graffiti along six corridors in the 32nd District.
New York City has its share of wildlife. Besides the iconic pigeons and rats that crowd our skies and subways, the city has been known for being a haven for raccoons, squirrels, bats, even opossums, foxes and the occasional coyote, including the one that roamed Central Park several winters ago.
But for many residents, a skunk is not something that they expect to see in Queens.
The Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park should be keeping up appearances in the year to come thanks to a fresh infusion of funds for the Doe Fund.
City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Doe Fund legislative director Michael Cohen announced Wednesday in Forest Hills they have secured funds to renew cleanup operations along three area stretches.
Autumn is here and the chill can be felt in the air. The weather has been very sunny and bright, for many days now, but the chill is still there. I just hope that a certain day in October is a warm sunny day.
That day, the 19th, is important for it is the day of our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014. From 12 to 6 p.m., on Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard, we will have pony rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great shops. The entertainment will be the great country western music of the Mary Lamont Band with line dancers and instruction and dancing in the streets, rock and mellow music by local bands Plastic Soul, the Solid State Band, Golden Echo, all from Queens. This year again our special feature will be “The Malaysian Lion Dancers.” Also appearing will be our veteran Shorinjiryu Kenryukan karate with instructor Myron Lubitsch, who have appeared in our street fairs for over 25 years and are located right on our Jamaica Avenue.
Friday’s accident at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven is the latest in a string of traffic-related incidents at what some call the deadliest intersection in South Queens.
olice are looking for a man who robbed a Howard Beach bank Tuesday morning that has been hit twice before in the past five years.
According to the NYPD, the suspect, a Hispanic man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, entered the Howard Beach branch of Capital One bank at 155-14 Cross Bay Blvd. at 11:15 a.m. He passed a note to a teller demanding money and the teller complied. The suspect then fled in a silver Nissan Maxima with approximately $5,000 in cash, police said. No one was injured in the robbery.
A recent mugging in Forest Park, a new residential home in the area and restoration of a collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue were among the top issues on the table as the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association held its monthly meeting on Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, announced that the neighborhood experienced a “pretty good summer,” then addressed an incident that occurred around 6 p.m. in Forest Park on Sept. 16.
That’s not just the chorus of a song that dominates the pop charts. It’s also what you probably heard if you were near the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard around 10:30 a.m. last Friday.
Police Officers Daniel Morrow and Filip Glowa were honored on Sept. 10 as the 106th Precinct’s Cops of the Month for July and August, respectively, for their arrests of alleged recidivist car thieves.
On July 31 at 4 a.m. Morrow and his partner responded to a 911 call that an individual was spotted allegedly trying to break into an automobile at 129th Street and Sutter Avenue in South Ozone Park. On arrival, Morrow confirmed the damage to the vehicle where the suspect had allegedly tried to break in and then conducted a canvass of the area looking for him, according to Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct.
The 102nd Precinct has had a safe, but not so quiet, summer.
At the first community council meeting since June on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill Library, Officer Andrew Goldenberg, the precinct’s top traffic enforcer who was standing in for Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, told the audience that crime in the precinct had plummeted in the last month across the board.
Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.
The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.
Memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 13 years ago still run deep in Queens. The borough lost an estimated 283 people and they will not be forgotten.
Events in Queens to commemorate the anniversary will begin on Sunday and run through Saturday, Sept. 13.
Attention, Howard Beach shoppers!
The long-awaited Key Food on Cross Bay Boulevard opens this week.
At least it isn’t the violent kind of crime spree.
An unknown number of suspects have been stealing a substantial amount of tires and rims from the cars of Kew Gardens residents over the last year, enough to require the 102nd Precinct to distribute fliers to drivers throughout the area.
Sorry to say, but all our students will be heading back to school!
In Woodhaven, we try to make it as painless as possible by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored annual “Back to School Sales Day” on Jamaica Avenue on Saturday. Aug. 30. The WBID will bring music, face painters and free giveaways from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the strip.