Schmidts Candy, a Woodhaven staple since 1925, is ready for Easter

Since 1925, Schmidts Candy has operated their family-run candy shop on Jamaica Avenue with handcrafted chocolates, hard candies and everything in between. Started by “Grandpa Schmidt”, the business has remained in the family through decades and is currently ran by Margie Schmidt, who has operated the business for 34 years. Although various family members have operated Schmidts Candy before Margie took over, the coveted recipes and quality ingredients have remained the same.

With Easter approaching, Schmidts Candy has all the Easter treats you need. If you’re making an Easter basket for the kids, craving an infamous chocolate bunny for yourself or have friends and family to gift, Schmidts Candy can fufill your needs. Current Easter goodies include hollow chocolate bunnies, solid chocolate bunnies, creme eggs, jelly beans and more. Check out some of the products below.

Hollow chocolate bunnies

Solid chocolate bunnies

Variety of creme-filled eggs

Easter assortment box

If you find yourself around Woodhaven, or if you find yourself craving delicious candies worth the commute, head over the shop located at 94-15 Jamaica Ave. Go to to shop online and find out more about Schmidts Candy.

If you want to know more about Margie, check out Ed Wendell’s article from 2014 on our website

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This week in Woodhaven…

Check out these ways to get out of your apartment and into your neighborhood! If you know of something happening in Woodhaven that is not included, let us know!

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This week in Woodhaven…

From trivia to CPR and first-aid workshops, there is something for everyone to get involved in this week. Do you know of an event happening in Woodhaven that’s not included? Let us know!

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Woodhaven’s Neir’s Tavern remains a local gem, 180 years later

Nestled on the corner of 78th St. in Woodhaven is Neir’s Tavern, a bar that has a rich history spanning over 180 years. They pride themselves as “the most famous bar you have never heard of”, but we bet you have heard of the many films shot on location. As Neir’s Tavern starts to prepare for their 180th anniversary, check out these movie stills, all shot in New York City’s oldest bar.

Robert DeNiro in Goodfellas which features scenes filmed in Neir’s.
Ben Stiller and Tea Leoni in Tower Heist.
The late Anthony Bourdain filmed an episode of Parts Unknown in the bar.

Wanna know more about Neir’s Tavern? Check out Ed Wendell’s recent article about the iconic bar on our website.

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Woodhaven Weekend Happenings (3/1-3/3)

Embrace the snow of early March by attending these events in Woodhaven:

  • Friday 3/1:
    • 4 – 5 p.m. – Game Day for all ages to play board games together, Woodhaven Library, 85-41 Forest Pkwy.
    • 8 p.m. – Jay Valera Live, Pop’s Cocina & Bar, 8522 Jamaica Ave.

Weekend Weather:

Friday 3/1: Cloudy with a high of 38 degrees.

Saturday 3/2: Rain mixed with snow and a high of 39 degrees.

Sunday 3/3: Rain mixed with snow and a high of 42 degrees.

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Memorial Mass for Det. Simonsen to be held Saturday

The Ozone Park Residents Block Association announced a memorial mass for the NYPD Detective that was killed following an attempted robbery in Richmond Hill a few weeks ago.

The Most Reverend James Massa, of the Brooklyn Diocese, will preside over the memorial mass for Det. Brian Simonsen, on Saturday March 2, at 11 a.m. at the Nativity of
the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (101-41 92 St Ozone Park).

He will be joined by Assistant Chief Chaplain Monsignor Robert J. Romano NYPD.

Pastors and priests from churches such as Holy Child, Our Lady of Grace, Our Lady of
Perpetual help, St. Benedict Joseph labre, St. Elizabeth’s, St Helen’s, St Mary Gate of heaven & St. Teresa-St. Antony and St. Thomas were invited to join Father Paul and the priest of Nativity.

The public of the surrounding communities of Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens have also been invited.

“The communities of Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, want to extend and show our support, gratitude, and appreciation for our NYPD while honoring the memory of Det. Simonsen,” the OZPKRBA said in a statement.

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Woodhaven Weekend Happenings (2/15-2/17)

If you are staying local this weekend, here are some events happening in Woodhaven to get you up and out of the house:

Weekend Weather:

Friday: Cloudy with a slight chance of rain. High of 50 degrees.

Saturday: Early clouds leading to mostly sun. High of 43 degrees.

Sunday: Mixed sun and clouds leading to mostly cloudy in the afternoon. High of 36 degrees.

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Senators, assemblymen and more at the Ozone Park Residents Block Association’s Call to Action summit

The Ozone Park Residents Block Association’s Call to Action summit on Friday pulled in a crowd full of elected officials, community activists and community board members. The meeting resulted in the formation of the 5 Boro Coalition with plans to come together to be proactive and find solutions to the ongoing homelessness crisis. Four of the five boroughs were represented, with Staten Island being the exception.

Here are some photos of some of the speakers from the summit:

Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr.
Sam Esposito, who organized the summit in less than a week.
Councilman Robert Holden.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi.

5 Boro Coalition’s next meeting will be held on Feb. 23 with Brooklyn set as the next borough to host.

Stay tuned for the full article on what happened during the summit later this week on

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Weekend happenings in Woodhaven (2/8-2/10)

If you find yourself in Woodhaven with nothing to do this weekend, check out these local events to get you through the cold weekend:

All weekend, businesses along Jamaica Ave. will be ready to help with your last-minute Valentine’s Day needs. From flowers at Park Place Florist and chocolates from Schmidt’s Candy to wine from Dexter’s Wine and Spirits, Woodhaven’s local businesses are sure to make your Valentine’s Day the lovliest for you and your Valentine.  💖 

Don’t forget after the weekend is over, Community Board 9, which covers Woodhaven, is set to host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:45 p.m., Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd.

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Ozone Park Block Association set to hold emergency Call to Action summit.

The Ozone Park Block Association (OZPKRBA) is calling out for all leaders and members of community boards, organizations, clubs and associations from all boroughs for a summit meeting on ways they can work together to overcome the homelessness crisis facing the city. Currently, 90 shelters are set to be opened in heavily-residential neighborhoods.

The group has a specific agenda, saying that there will be no discussion about the impact of specific shelters in specific neighborhoods or any other community complaints or issues. Rather, they plan to discuss plans of taking legal action against the City to prevent the shelters from opening. OZPKRBA recently acquired a lawyer who has found possible grounds for lawsuits and is seeking additional support from all communities impacted.

In addition to taking legal action, the association wants to discuss solutions to the crisis that they can present to the City in the future. The goal is the prevention of warehouses and hotels being used to house the homeless.

“We are not anti-homeless but we are not happy with not being consulted, not having local community board input and not helping the homeless to transition and assimilate, but to keep them oppressed and in the system. It’s time for change,” said Sam Esposito, President of OZPKRBA stated in a press-release for the summit.

Esposito has sent out letters to all senators and assemblymen across the state in addition to representatives from all five boroughs in hopes for everyone to come together to be proactive on the crisis. The goal is for one councilman, senator and assembly member to be present. Considering the objective is for all of the City to come together to solve the issue, hopes are for all five boroughs to be represented.

OZPKRBA encourages any Community Board members or those of other neighborhood associations to register in order to attend the summit by emailing The meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 8th at 6:00 p.m. at Deshi Senior Center, 83-10 Rockaway Blvd.

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