Throwback Thursday: The Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair


Thousands of community members enjoyed the annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival on Sunday, September 30th.

The event was organized by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation (GWDC) and took place on Jamaica Avenue between 80th Street and Woodhaven Boulevard.

Entertainment ranged from live bands, carnival games and children’s rides to pony rides, a gymnastics showcase and food from around the globe.

The late Maria Thomson, who was also the former GWDC executive director and former WRBA president, was an instrumental part of the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival. Her successor, Lisa Komninos, said she knew Thomson would be proud of the community joining together for a day of fun.

“The Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival was a great success,” said Komninos. “Maria had a big part on our street fair day and always will for years to come.”









Ilkiw hosts special Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society presentation

Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society President Ed Wendell and retired NYPD Detective Ike Ilkiw

Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society President Ed Wendell and retired NYPD Detective Ike Ilkiw

Recently, retired NYPD Detective Ike Ilkiw gave a presentation to the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society of Mysteries of Woodhaven.

Dozens of people listened as he spoke about Mae West and examined whether she lived in the area. West, who was an actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter and comedian, did call Woodhaven home at one point in her life.

Ilkiw’s presentation also featured a discussion on Collyer Mansions conditions, otherwise known as hoarding conditions. In the city, first responders are aware of the term because a space filled with items can have various potential dangers.

The next Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 24, from 1pm – 3pm at the Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).


Annual Fall Recycling Event in Forest Park to be Hosted by Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Mike Miller

On Sunday, September 23rd between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 pm crews will be at the Forest Park Bandshell to collect certain types of electronic waste.

This event is a great way to preserve the environment by safely and securely disposing of old electronics and household goods.

During their Spring recycling event, Addabbo and Miller helped residents recycle 3.53 tons of paper and 28,390 pounds of unwanted electronics.

“This event gives the opportunity for our constituents to securely discard household items in addition to reduces waste sent to landfills, conserves resources, helps protect the environment and saves energy. I encourage everyone to come and participate,” said Assemblyman Miller.

Things that will be accepted Things that will NOT be accepted
computers Large console or projection TVs
monitors Air conditioners
cell phones/ telephones newspapers
compact discs gas/oil items
PDAs paints
printers mattresses
batteries ovens
cameras office furniture
lamps firearms
mirrors vacuum cleaners
power strips/wires light bulbs
cable boxes liquids
fans tires
VCR tapes/ small televisions medication

Clean, dry household items such as clothing, bedding, paired shoes, dishes, silverware, lamps, curtains, American flags, and eyeglasses will also be accepted.

For more information on what items can be recycled please contact Addabbo’s Howard Beach office at 718-738-1111.







Woodhaven House of the Week 9/1/18

Woodhaven House of the Week 9/1/18

Woodhaven House

This single family home located in Woodhaven has many features but it’s biggest selling point is location, location, location! It’s walking distance to the J train, buses, shopping and the picturesque Forest Park.

There are three bedrooms, three full baths, a living room, dining room, eat-in-kitchen and finished basement with a separate entrance. The boiler is two years old and the roof was installed four years ago. An added feature is a large yard with a deck off the kitchen.

The home is listed by O’Kane Realty for $620,800.

Woodhaven school is helping to change lives


You have the opportunity to help change someone’s life, and it won’t cost you a penny. All you need to do is tell someone you know about the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women right here in Woodhaven.

Perhaps you know a woman who never got the opportunity to finish high school, and that diploma can often be the key to a better future. It can open the door to better job opportunities or maybe even a promotion in a current job. Or maybe a high school diploma can even be the first step in going to college.

In less than a month, the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women will begin holding open registration for their tuition-free high school equivalency diploma classes for the 2018-19 school year.

To register, visit the center at 87-04 88th Avenue, across from St. Thomas the Apostle Church, on Wednesday, September 5, or Thursday, September 6, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For the full story, visit the Leader-Observer’s website.

A tribute to Brian Setzer at Forest Park


Are you ready to rock and dance?

Tomorrow night, there will be a high energy rock & roll tribute to the Brian Setzer Orchestra. The concert runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, you can contact or call (718) 235-4100.

The George Seuffert Bandshell is located in Forest Park, near Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive.

Catch Parrot Beach at Forest Park

Parrot Beach

In the mood for a night out with live music? Well come watch Parrot Beach perform at Forest Park.

Party to your favorite Jimmy Buffett tunes by one of the hardest working full-time Buffett tribute bands on the circuit today!

The concert takes place on Thursday, August 2 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the George Seuffert Bandshell along Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive.

Pay One Price Party at the Carousel this Friday


Photo by Michael Perlman

Project Woodhaven is hosting their annual party, the Pay One Price Party at the Carousel, at the Forest Park Carousel this Friday, June 22, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event allows everyone in the community to enjoy the historic landmark.

For $10, each person gets unlimited rides on the Carousel as well as the Woodhaven Express Train Ride and the Frog Hopper.

Additionally, there will oldies music playing all night long and a magician show. The event will also honor the kids who decorated the Memorial Trees of Forest Park.

For those interested in the raffle, prizes include a Hover Board, a gigantic teddy bear and a print of the Lewis’ of Woodhaven painting donated by Madeline Lovallo, who will be at the party.

If you have any questions, contact the group at 718-805-2002.

The Carousel is located at Woodhaven Boulevard & Forest Park Drive.

WRBA Town Hall this Saturday


The next Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association town hall meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 16.
The meeting, which will take place at the American Legion Hall at 89th Ave. and 91st St., will run from noon – 2 p.m.
If you have any concerns or questions about the community, please attend.

Mad Science event at Forest Park tomorrow!


Looking for something to do with the kids tomorrow evening? Are you ready for some fun science?
Head to Forest Park on Thursday, June 14, and witness amazing feats of chemistry as the Mad Science group explores all sorts of spectacular reactions.
The Mad Science Presents Spin, Pop, Boom event will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Buddy Monument in Forest Park, which is located at Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue.
For more information, contact 718-235-4100 or email The event is free.