Woodhaven says 'tear it down!'
by Maria Thomson
Mar 05, 2014 | 1917 views | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last Sunday, the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association rallied in front of the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue, and in spite of the threat of rain, snow, and cold, many gathered.

The community gathered to send a message to the landlord and the Buildings Department that we are tired of the foot dragging and living in fear of another more deadly collapse at this site.

Because of their negligence and building collapse, our Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps adjacent to it can not operate and may be closed. And, after extensive renovations, it had become the new home of the Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center.

This building collapse caused these seniors from to be relocated twice. This collapse has disrupted our Woodhaven’s quality of life in that it has caused hardship for all involved. This site has made us fearful of another collapse due to the snow, rain and the lack of its structural integrity. It is a deadly disaster waiting to happen.

Nothing has been done since the collapse in April of 2013, just scaffolding with lights underneath. If there is another collapse of the upper floors, I don’t think this scaffolding will hold.

This is why I started the chant “Tear It Down.” Hopefully, this will be done the sooner the better; our Woodhaven’s safety is at stake. The WBID and GWDC will support the WRBA to keep the pressure on.

As I watched the Academy Awards television show this weekend, as I know many of you did as well, there was a thread of positivity in the fact that many award winners thanked their mothers and fathers.

With much affection they paid tribute to their parents for their nurturing love that contributed to their success. It made me think of my parents and all parents and how they influence their children into their adulthood and what they become. So, pause to thank your parents personally or spiritually for they made you the unique person you are.

As I always have stated, our weather is so important to our state of mind. When it is warm with bright sunshine, as it has been, it gives a lift to your spirits. So as the weather warms, we look forward to spring - only 17 days to go – and the change to daylight savings time this Sunday, March 9. Don’t forget to change your clocks forward.

In line with our homes, mortgage fraud con artists, are also criminals. They take advantage of economically disadvantaged elderly homeowners, for they will file fake deeds and take their homes. Now you can check on your property to make sure no one is attempting to steal your home. You can sign up by email, text message or mail alerts by calling 311.

Remember our little street tree that was in Forest Parkway Plaza, after it was planted in place of a Christmas tree in error? Now we have our Christmas tree planted there, and our little street tree was moved in front of 86-15 Forest Parkway. This is the lucky house and not far away from where it was.


School Crossing Guards Vacancies - There are applications available, please call NYPD Community Affairs Bureau at (646) 610-5323, or online at CommunityAffairs@nypd.org.

• Computer Safety Tips for Seniors - Sponsored by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley on March 11, at 2:30 p.m. at theWoodhaven Library downstairs meeting hall.

• Queens Distance Runners - Five-miler at Forest Park on Sunday, March 9, at 10 a.m. You can register on queensdistancerunners.org.

The WBID still has benches available, please call the WBID Office at (718) 805-0202 or (718) 805-0760.

Mark your calendars for Saturday April 12, for our WBID Spring Promotion with music and clowns from 1 to 4 p.m. along the avenue and free pictures with the Easter Bunny in Forest Parkway Plaza. Also, look for our WBID staff members with their WBID hats distributing free quarters on our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue to parking cars thanking them for shopping here by paying for their first 15 minutes.

May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, and may God bless our America.

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