Still feeling the Woodhaven street fest
by Maria Thomson
Oct 25, 2016 | 1785 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It has now been ten days since the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation's Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2016. The day was such a great success, with record crowds, street vendors and stores and businesses from the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.

This showcase also extends to the Woodhaven residential area with Victorian homes and affordable "starter home" purchases. When you consider all the amenities that our Woodhaven offers, it's just a great community.

We have beautiful Forest Park with the Forest Park Carousel, which the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation fought for 30 years to landmark, the Forest Park Golf Course, dog run, horse trails and bicycle lanes over 544 Acres of beautiful parkland.

On Jamaica Avenue, we have new stores opening up, including a bicycle store to accommodate our Forest Park bike riders.

Again we had the supportive of our elected officials, who are so important to us, and Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct. It was a great day for Woodhaven to shine, and it did on this beautiful warm day.

Now as the afterglow of this day fades, we again face the reality of the threats to our beloved Community. The homeless drop-in center proposed for the historic Dallis Coffee on Atlantic Avenue is progressing. Our elected officials are against it, as well as the surrounding communities.

They have called for a meeting with the Department of Homeless Services and the nonprofit group Breaking Ground.

It is very interesting that homeless shelters are opening in Maspeth, Rockaways and Ozone Park. It appears that their locations have been designated in advance to adversely affect the quality of life in our stable communities. These shelters may not be located in our community, but it will affect our community.

Construction has begun on Woodhaven Boulevard for the Select Bus Service expansion of the traffic islands, but putting waiting bus riders on these islands will not work. Community Board 9 voted against the proposal, but it was only an advisory vote and not binding. And the fights go on!

Have a happy and safe Halloween, and leave your porch lights on.

May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD and all of our police officers everywhere, and may God bless our America.

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