Woodhaven summed up in one great event
by Ed Wendell
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Columnist Ed Wendell, Neir's owner Loy Gordon & State Senator Joseph Addabbo
Columnist Ed Wendell, Neir's owner Loy Gordon & State Senator Joseph Addabbo
It was the most Woodhaven night I ever experienced. People came from all over last Saturday night to support Neir’s Tavern and owner Loy Gordon after burglars broke in and made off with close to $1,000 in cash.

There was music and laughter and new friendships were forged. People spoke and reminisced about the old days and they cheered Jeff Lewis when he came in, and cheered wildly when asked if they loved Lewis’ of Woodhaven. And they cheered just as loud for Dominic Brienza, owner of Sal’s Pizza, when he was announced.

It was great to see the support from residents and businesses and fellow restaurants (The Avenue Diner’s Paul Vasiliadis also showed up in support) and everyone left saying that it was a very special evening.

Most donations were in the $10 to $20 range with a few exceptions, and by the end of the evening the friends of Loy Gordon and Neir’s had raised just over $1,700 to replace the stolen cash and help out with repairing some of the damage the burglars left behind.

As we were leaving that night, one of the locals slapped me on the back and said “That was Woodhaven in there tonight.” I couldn’t agree more.

We’re fortunate that we live in a neighborhood with active groups and civics that give us plenty of opportunities to come out and associate with each other. Let’s face it, there is plenty of division in our world right now, we need to take advantage of every opportunity to come together as one in friendship.

This coming weekend will afford you several opportunities to come out and meet your friends and neighbors.

This Saturday, September 30, at 2 p.m., WCHS Board Member and Woodhaven resident Ike Ilkiw will be giving a presentation about infamous New York City crime scenes at Neir’s Tavern. Ilkiw is a great presenter and a storyteller and his presentations are always well received.

On a side note, have you been watching “American Ripper” on the History Channel? If so, you will have seen Ilkiw interviewed on the show about a murder from 1891!

The presentation this Saturday is free so we hope you’ll come out and have a ripping good time!

The following day is the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair brought to you by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation. It takes place on Jamaica Avenue between 80th Street and Woodhaven Boulevard from noon until 6 p.m.

There will be dozens of vendor, games, rides and lots of music. Walking down the middle of Jamaica Avenue, surrounded by the smells of peppers and sausage and cotton candy and zeppoles, does it get any better than that?

And once again it’s an opportunity to meet and greet your friends and neighbors. Make sure to stop off at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue, where a good crowd always seems to gather during the street fair just to chat and say hello.

If you are interested in music there are always good bands playing at different spots along Jamaica Avenue. The Mary Lamont Band will be playing on the main stage at Forest Parkway. Frank Fazio and his band are usually around 89th Street playing a selection of oldies.

And the Woodhaven duo of Matt Faccenda and Paul Drollinger will be playing music at the corner of 80th Street and Jamaica Avenue, with shows on the half hour throughout the day. Matt and Paul host a live show every Saturday night on YouTube, right here in Woodhaven. Visit rsnightwatch.com for details.

And so, it was one great Woodhaven weekend being followed up by another. We hope you’ll come out and enjoy one of these events, but more importantly, that you’ll take the time to speak to your neighbors here in Woodhaven.
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