La Oficina Grill & Bar opens in Woodhaven

Joining the many delicious restaurants in Woodhaven, latin restaurant La Oficina Grill & Bar opened last week on Jamaica Ave. Cecilio Albayero, the owner, has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years, as La Oficina is his 15th restaurant.

With a contemporary menu, some of the best dishes offered are the arepas and papayas but the menu offers dishes from many different regions. The food is so good that the owners are already considering opening the basement as a catering service.

La Oficina is located at 84-21 Jamaica Ave. and is opened everyday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Join the Party at Neir’s Tavern for Bingo, Karaoke and more this week

Woodhaven watering hole Neir’s Tavern, considered one of the oldest bars in all five boroughs, has a fun-filled week ahead with Trivia Night, Bingo and You’re The Star Karaoke by DJ Chris Forde. Freebies, prizes and deals are sure to make your night at Neir’s Tavern well worth it! Admission is free to all of the events so be sure to splurge on the many sandwiches, burgers and other food on Neir’s menu.

Trivia Tuesday – Tuesday, August 6 at 8 p.m. – Exercise your brain while quenching your thirst and you may win one of the many prizes for the multiple winners at this NYC Trivia League sponsored event.

Bingo is Back! – Thursday, August 8 at 8 p.m. – Make new neighborhood friends while enjoying surprise giveaways from your favorite beer, wine and liquor brands! With 10 winners, prizes range from lotto scratch-offs, free appetizers to free drinks!

You’re The Star Karaoke by DJ Chris Forde – Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m. – Sing your heart out like you do in the shower while getting a free shot on your first song! Deals like a PBR and shot for $7 will be offered!

Don’t fret if you can’t join the party at Neir’s Tavern this week, many of these events are weekly with other fun events sure to be announced in the near future.

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“Small, Medium, Large” Exhibition to Open in Forest Park (1).gif
Fraizer’s “The Giant Flowers in Highland Park”

Brooklyn artist Daniele Frazier is bringing her work to Forest Park for the “Small, Medium, Large” exhibition. The work includes scale models, works on paper, paintings and sculptures related to “The Giant Flowers and Ecology Sampler”, her public artworks installed over the past three years at Highland Park.

Frazier’s work explores the relationship between scale and time and the possibility and suspension of disbelief. The artist is no stranger to exhibiting in parks as her last work “Reservoir” is an art installation at the Ridgewood Reservoir.

“Small, Medium, Large” is set to open on Tuesday, July 30 and remain on view through Wednesday, August 14. It will be open to the public on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the weekends by appointment. The exhibition was made possible by NYC Parks and The Forest Park Trust, Inc.

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Free seminar on the Child Victims Act on 7/30

Assemblyman David I. Weprin and the Zero Abuse Project are hosting a free seminar entitled “Courageous Conversations, Critical Choices: What New York’s Child Victims Act Means for Queens” on Tuesday July 30 at 3:30 p.m.

The seminar will inform community members about the changes to the statute of limitations requirements for child sexual abuse in New York under the recently enacted Child Victims Act (CVA).

The Zero Abuse Project’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Dion, will guide a conversation with leading child welfare advocates, clinicians and sexual abuse prevention experts, including NY Loves Kids and the Queens District Attorney’s Office, about the new opportunities under the CVA for survivors of sexual abuse to seek justice against their abusers and the institutions who covered for them.

The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens is located at 110-04 Atlantic Avenue in Richmond Hill.

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Shine Box Comedy Celebrating Three Year Anniversary at Neir’s Tavern TONIGHT!

If you’re looking for laughs in Woodhaven tonight, check out Shine Box Comedy at Neir’s Tavern TONIGHT from 8 to 10 p.m. The oldest bar in NYC does request you to confirm your attendance by calling 718-296-0600. The weekly show is celebrating their three year anniversary with an all-star lineup.

This month participating comedians include Casey James Salengo (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live), Courtney Maginnis (Comedy Central, Caroline’s), Rojo Perez (HBO, Conan), Neruda Williams (Harlem Comedy Festival) and more!

Check out Shine Box Comedy’s Facebook for more info:

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Roadway Resurfacing Schedule

The following streets will be undergoing milling and paving. Plan your commute accordingly.

Tuesday, July 23

  • Woodhaven – Forest Ave (Metropolitan Ave to Myrtle Ave) – Night

Wednesday, July 24

  • Woodhaven – Forest Ave (Metropolitan Ave to Myrtle Ave) – Night

Thursday, July 25

  • Woodhaven – Forest Ave (Metropolitan Ave to Myrtle Ave) – Night
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Hunt for Wineberries and more along the QueensWay

Join Steve Brill, known as “Wildman”, as he forages along the QueensWay and Forest Park for wineberries and other unique fruits this Saturday, July 27. The event is in partnership with Friends of Queensway.

The abandoned railroad line, a popular backdrop for Instagram selfies tagged at Forest Park, is filled with so many things to forage that you will forget about your iPhone!


Although wineberries are at their peak right now, the season’s first blackberries and the cornelian cherry are also sure to be discovered! The burdock, found most often in expensive health food stores, are also still growing and are full of detoxifying components!

Other expected discoveries along the tour are the invasive East Asian wild vegetable known as the Asiatic Dayflower and chicken mushrooms!

The 2-hour tour beings at 9 AM at the NE corner of Woodhaven Blvd. and Forest Park Dr. in front of Victory Field. The suggested donation is $20 for adults and $10 for children. For more information on this foraging adventure and more, visit Wildman’s site

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Catch Milagro: The Spirit of Santana in Woodhaven

Photo credit: Facebook/Milagrolive

Relive the sounds of Woodstock with a Santana tribute!

Stop by the George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park tomorrow night (Thursday, July 18) and listen to Milagro perform the Spirit of Santana.

What’s your favorite Santana song? They might perform it!

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. Bring your family and friends.

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Movies Under the Stars at Forest Park

Who doesn’t love watching movies outdoors?

If you head to the George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park on Monday night, you’ll be able to catch Movies Under the Stars.

Captain America Civil War will be screened for free from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The flick explores how political involvement in the Avengers’ affairs causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.

It might get a tad chilly at night so don’t forget a blanket! And bug spray!

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“Wildman” Steve Brill Invites Residents to Forage in Forest Park

Nationally recognized forager Steve Brill, known as Wildman, will be taking residents through the woods of Forest Park to forage for things like elderberries and varieties of mushrooms on Saturday, July 27.

The tours which have become well-known in Forest Park will begin at the stone wall at Forest Park Dr. and Park Ln. in Kew Gardens. The expert says that mid-summer is the prime time to forage in the large, mature forests. Some herbs and greens expected to be found along the way include hedge mustard, Asiatic dayflower, lady’s thumb, wood sorrel and more. All that is foraged is edible and great to be used in everything from soups to sandwiches and salads.


Berries including blackberries, elderberries and wineberries are also expected to be found. Perhaps the most unique of produce that the forests offers are the plethora of mushrooms like the gourmet chicken mushrooms and milky mushrooms.

Wild seeds and sassafras roots are also part of the forage in Forest Park. To find out more and join the four-hour long adventure, you can visit Wildman’s site

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