Woodhaven Residents Block Association

Community concerned over newly opened skate park
Community concerned over newly opened skate park
South Liam La Guerre 7/24/2013 at 12:21PM

Concerns about London Planetree Skate Park have been rolling since the facility opened a month go. At a recent Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) meeting, neighbors shared their worries about safety in the park, which attracts droves of local skaters. Some attendees asked for improved lighting on the outside of the park, located on Atlantic [...]

Woodhaven residents not happy with holiday tree replacement
Woodhaven residents not happy with holiday tree replacement
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 7/09/2013 at 4:18PM

A tree grows in Woodhaven — but residents say it’s the wrong one. They are barking mad that the Parks Department replaced the nearly 30-year-old Woodhaven holiday tree, which was downed by Sandy, with a deciduous “street tree.” “That tree meant a lot to the residents of Woodhaven,” said Alex Blenkinsopp, communications director for the [...]

Forest Park Carousel becomes official landmark
Forest Park Carousel becomes official landmark
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 6/26/2013 at 12:15PM

The century-old Forest Park Carousel will be ridden for many generations to come now that it is an official New York City landmark. The Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) made the classic Woodhaven ride a city treasure and ensured its preservation with a unanimous 8-0 vote on Tuesday, June 25. “This designation is long overdue, but [...]

Woodhaven noise complaints raise concerns
News Terence M. Cullen 6/18/2013 at 9:02AM

With summer coming, concerns about noise are among the top worries in the neighborhood, as addressed at the June 15 meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA). WRBA President Ed Wendell said many sound abusers have been a constant problem for residents. He added they often continue the noise, if not even raising the [...]

Residents want landlord held responsible for Woodhaven building collapse
Residents want landlord held responsible for Woodhaven building collapse
News Queens Courier Staff 5/22/2013 at 9:05AM

BY LUKE TABET Concerned Woodhaven residents want to know what repercussions, if any, a local landowner will face after his building collapsed last month, damaging the adjacent Volunteer Ambulance Corps and forcing residents to leave the Woodhaven Senior Center. An abandoned furniture store at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue crumbled onto the street on April 12, crushing [...]

Rockaway Beach line restoration gets federal support
Rockaway Beach line restoration gets federal support
South Terence M. Cullen 3/26/2013 at 3:19PM

Proposed revival of the Rockaway Beach LIRR Line has gotten some federal backing. Congressmembers Hakeem Jeffries and Gregory Meeks are all-aboard for restoring the 50-year-defunct line in a new form, which would effectively link Rego Park to Ozone Park via mass transit. Together with Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, they have sent a letter to U.S. Transportation [...]

Woodhaven graffiti surges
Woodhaven graffiti surges
Top Stories Terence M. Cullen 3/26/2013 at 1:42PM

Tag, you’re it. About 60 percent of mailboxes in Woodhaven are tagged right now, according to Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) president Ed Wendell. By the end of last summer, nearly, if not all, mailboxes and fire poles in the neighborhood were graffiti-free, he said. But during the winter, when Wendell said it’s harder to [...]

Woodhaven residents upset over slow response to sewage issue
Woodhaven residents upset over slow response to sewage issue
News Terence M. Cullen 3/20/2013 at 2:17PM

Woodhaven residents want to know why it took so long to stop the sewage that was spewing into the streets of their neighborhood. At the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) March 16 meeting, several members inquired why the feces-ridden puddle continued to be a problem, considering how close it was to a nursery school. “When [...]

Block Watchers: Looking out for Woodhaven
Police Queens Courier Staff 2/28/2013 at 1:28PM

BY ADJANI SHAH They’re keeping an eye on your street. A representative from the Block Watchers, a citizens’ patrol initiative, informed and trained members of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) at the civic group’s February 20 meeting. There are about 70 registered Block Watchers in the Woodhaven community thanks to the meeting. Officer Dion [...]

Broken sewage pipe soils Woodhaven street
Broken sewage pipe soils Woodhaven street
South Terence M. Cullen 2/26/2013 at 9:42AM

A broken pipe in Woodhaven has residents concerned about public safety after gushing water, rife with human waste, has soiled the corner of 85th Street and 88th Avenue. “It’s disgusting,” said Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) president Ed Wendell, who’s been tracking the problem for a few weeks now. Wendell and other WRBA members have [...]