Queens RockFest is coming back to Woodhaven

For the second year in a row, Queens RockFest will take over Forest Park with live bands and fun for everyone! This year, eight bands will perform in addition to food trucks and giveaways. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Forest Park Bandshell and is free for everyone!

The event was created by producer and musician George Wasek in efforts to get local musicians back on the stage and introduce them to the community. This year’s lineup includes The Stony Rollers, Two Ton Turntable, Damsel, Arc’d Angel, Ophelias Pain
The Unbroken, Sabretooth and The Phoenix Within.

Check out the photos below from last year’s inaugural event and find out more about Queens RockFest here.

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“Our Autism Lifestyle” Monthly Meeting to be held at Woodhaven Library

Once a month, “Our Autism Lifestyle”, a parent support network for those who care for loved ones with autism, holds a meeting to share information and support for those families, parents and caregivers in the community.

May’s meeting will be moderated by Cheryl Ocampo, MS who is an Autism Training Specialist, ABA Therapist and Parent Advocate. The meeting will be held at Woodhaven Library in the Meeting Room on Saturday, May 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The event is exclusive to adults and pre-registration is required. If you are in the community and would like to attend, you can register here.

If you would like to learn more about the moderator, check out her here.

To find out more about what is happening at Woodhaven Library, check out their events here.


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Woodhaven Weekend Happenings (5/10-5/12)

If you plan on staying local for Mother’s Day Weekend, here are some happenings around Woodhaven that you can get into:

  • Friday 5/10:
    • Mother’s Day Event hosted by Woodhaven BID starting at 1 p.m. at Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Citizens Center located at 89-02 91st St. Live music, refreshments and surprises!
    • Samuel Gonzalez from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Pop’s Cocina located at 8522 Jamaica Ave. Ticketed event.
  • Saturday 5/11:
    • Woodhaven Reunion from noon to 5 p.m. at Forest Park’s picnic area. BYOEverything and reconnect with Woodhaven residents from past and present!
    • Salsa Night Saturdays starting at 9 p.m. at Pop’s Cocina located at 8522 Jamaica Ave.
    • You’re The Star Karaoke with DJ Chris Forde starting at 8 p.m. at Neir’s Tavern located at 87-48 78th St. Free shot with your first performance!
  • Sunday 5/12:
    • Mother You Are Loved Brunch Hosted by Dree and The Boujie Platter from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 83-10 Rockaway Blvd. Ticketed event.

Weekend Weather:

  • Friday: Scattered thunderstorms with a high of 65 degrees.
  • Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high of 65 degrees.
  • Sunday: Showers with a high of 52 degrees.
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Where to eat in Woodhaven

From New York’s oldest bar to cuisines from around the world, we rounded up some of the most popular eateries in Woodhaven.

  • Mistura Peruana – Peruvian / Seafood – 8423 Jamaica Ave. – A local eatery that’s been serving traditional Peruvian dishes since 2011. Popular dishes include Lomo Saltado, a traditional dish of sauteed steak with tomato and red onions and a side of rice or Ceviche de Pescado and many other seafood dishes.
Seafood dish at Mistura Peruana.
  • Caridad Restaurant – Spanish – 9019 Jamaica Ave. – Popular for their catering and their dining-in option, this Woodhaven staple serves up typical dishes like pernil, an array of monfongos and seafood paella in an old-school diner setting.
  • U-Me Sushi – Japanese / Sushi – 8509 Jamaica Ave. – A modern restaurant with a sushi bar and more with a large sushi selection, hibachi and grilled specialties.
  • Rico Chimi – Dominican – 80-01 Atlantic Ave. – A casual place for cheap eats serving Dominican delicacies like monfongo, Dominican hotdogs with outrageous toppings and sides like patacones.
Seafood paella at Caridad Restaurant
  • Neir’s Tavern – American / Traditional – 87-48 78th St. – Known to be New York City’s oldest bar that has been used as a movie set for movies like Goodfellas and Tower Heist, their beers and cocktails can be paired with bar food classics like chicken wings, mozzarella sticks and specialties like fish and chips.

Other popular eateries in Woodhaven include Tropical Restaurant and Pop’s Cocina. Did we miss any of your favorite Woodhaven eateries? Let us know!

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Here’s what’s happening at Woodhaven Library this week

The Woodhaven branch of Queens Library has events scheduled all week for everyone, it doesn’t matter what age! From an open mic for kids aged 8 and up to game days intended for the entire family, you are sure to find an excuse to take a trip to your neighborhood’s library. Here’s what’s happening:

  • 4/29:
    • 6 to 7 p.m. – Open Mic for ages 8 and up to share poetry, songs, thoughts, stories or just come to listen?
  • 4/30:
    • 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Toddler Learning Center open to young children ages 18-38 months. Parents can learn about nutrition, speech development, parenting skills and more.
    • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Kickoff to Kindergarten: Advanced class for parents and caregivers of children that need help learning the skills to be successful to start kindergarten! Customers are required to attend all sessions to attend this one.
  • 5/1:
    • 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Toddler Music for songs, creative moments, instruments and a simple craft for ages 1 to 3.
    • 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Mommy or Daddy and Me for stories, simple rhymes and songs followed by free play for infants and caregivers.
    • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Basic Guitar Lessons for ages 6-12. Guitars are available with a library card and preregistration is required! Customers are required to attend all sessions to attend this one.
  • 5/2:
    • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Movie night for the entire family! This week’s screening is 2018’s “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse”.
    • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Shape Up NYC presents Zumba for Adults. First come, first serve basis.
  • 5/3:
    • 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Toddler Time for ages 1-3.
    • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Game Day for the entire family!
  • 5/4:
    • 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Saturday Mommy or Daddy And Me with stories, simple rhymes and songs followed by free play for infants and their caregivers.
    • 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Storytime including an interactive adventure into the abyss of imagination for kids ages 3-8.
    • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Autism in Spanish instructed by Juan Carlos Valderrama.
    • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – The Hour of Misfit Crafts intended for kids ages 6-12 to make a craft from the fourth dimension and beyond.

To check out what your local library has going on throughout the month and beyond, check out their website.

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Community Board 9 encourages residents to show up to Public Hearing on the Proposed Kew Gardens jail

Calling all residents who are passionate about what opens in your community! Community Board 9, which covers Woodhaven, Kew Gardens, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill, is hosting the public hearing at Borough Hall this Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The hearing will include a presentation from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Department of Corrections and the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. The public is invited to join the hearing to voice opinions, express concerns and ask questions regarding the proposal of one jail opening in Kew Gardens.

Stay tuned for our coverage on the public hearing on our website.

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This week in Woodhaven…

Spring is here! Neighborhood staples like Woodhaven Library are kicking off the season with an Adult Sprint Craft on Monday night while Neir’s Tavern and Pop’s Cocina continue to keep the fun going with events like Trivia Tuesdays and Salsa Night Saturdays. Here is some of the best of what’s happening in Woodhaven this week:

  • Monday 4/15:
    • Sensory Storytime at Woodhaven Library from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
    • Adult Spring Craft at Woodhaven Library from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 4/16:
    • Toddler Learning Center at Woodhaven Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Kickoff to Kindergarten: Advanced Class at Woodhaven Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Trivia Tuesday at Neir’s Tavern at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday 4/17:
    • Toddler Music at Woodhaven Library from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
    • Mommy or Daddy and Me at Woodhaven Library from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Thursday 4/18:
    • Adult Movie Matinee at Woodhaven Library at 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Shape Up NYC: Zumba for Adults at Woodhaven Library 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday 4/19:
    • Game Day for all ages at Woodhaven Library from 4 to 5 p.m.
    • Jay Valera Live at Pop’s Cocina at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 4/20:
    • Our Autism Lifestyle: Parent Support and Informational Meeting at Woodhaven Library from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    • ISUPK 50th Annual Passover Celebration at Woodhaven Manor starting at sundown.
    • Salsa Night Saturdays with Victor Rosso at Pop’s Cocina at 9 p.m.
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Pop’s Cocina & Bar keeps the party going in Woodhaven

Pop’s Cocina & Bar is a Woodhaven staple serving Latin-inspired dished like their ribeye with a chimichurri sauce and seafood mofongo. But the casual Latin restaurant serves more than just delicious food and drinks. Each week, events like Ladies Night with Enniel Ventura connect locals with local musicians through performances, most of which are free.

Pop’s Cocina and Bar at 8522 Jamaica Ave.

Jay Valera performs at the bar and restaurant every Friday starting at 8 and admission is free. Valera’s performance is joined by drink specials like pitchers of sangria and pitchers of rum punch for $25. Not to mention their kitchen is open until 1 am so you can soak up all of the punch before heading home.

In addition to Ladies Night with Enniel Ventura and Jay Valera Live, there’s Salsa Night Saturdays with Victor Rosso and Jazz Sundays with Casssandra Nunez. Jazz Sundays includes sets by Cassandra Nunez singing Jazz classics in both English and Spanish. The restaurants brunch menu compliments the live music.

In addition to the weekly performances at Pop’s, the restaurant also hosts shows for other artists. Past performances include Eliacim, Zeo Munoz, Urba Nova and Luis Vagamundo. It doesn’t matter if it’s another Friday night or a special holiday like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, Pop’s almost always hosts events for you and your family and friends to celebrate.

One of the many delicious dishes.

The next show will be Pamel Acustico this Friday, April 12 at 9 p.m. It will be an intimate evening with an up-close and personal performance by the artist. Tickets are only $10 and table reservations go for $15 a person. To find out more, check out the event post here.

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This week in Woodhaven…

From early morning prayers to various workshops, there are many reasons to get out into Woodhaven this week and embrace the Spring weather.

  • Monday 4/8:
    • S.T.E.A.M! Into The Spiderverse! at Woodhaven Library from 4 to 5 p.m.
    • Yoga Classes at Woodhaven Library from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 4/9
    • Toddler Learning Center at Woodhaven Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Trivia Tuesday at Neir’s Tavern at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday 4/10:
    • Toddler Music at Woodhaven Library from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
    • Spring Craft for ages 6-12 at Woodhaven Library from 4 to 5 p.m.
    • Bingo is back! at Neir’s Tavern at 8 p.m.
    • Ladies Night with Enniel Ventura at Pop’s Cocina and Bar starting at 3 p.m. with Happy Hour.
  • Thursday 4/11:
    • Early Morning Prayer at Benito’s Home at 8066 88 Ave. at 6:15 a.m.
  • Friday 4/12:
    • Jay Valera Live at Pop’s Cocina and Bar at 8 p.m.
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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 https://schmidtscandy.com/ 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 http://www.queensledger.com/view/full_story/25788025/article-WRBA-to-honor-sweets-purveyor-Margie-Schmidt.

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