Woodhaven Ups Anti-Graffiti Game

Graffiti vandalism has been a significant problem in Woodhaven this year, civic leaders said. Light volunteer numbers and a harsh winter both made it hard for the neighborhood’s own Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association to paint over all the swirling tags on mailboxes.

But that did not deter Martin Colberg, president of the WRBA, from going out with volunteers Sunday to clean up any tags that might be found on the more than 100 mailboxes in the community.

Queens Shares its Verse at Poetry Fest

A number of Queens-based literary arts groups made their way to Governors Island this past weekend to participate in the 4th annual NYC Poetry Festival, a gathering of the disparate literary organizations throughout New York to celebrate poetry.

For most of the visiting Queens literary groups, this marked the first time they were showcased in the festival, a sign of the festival’s growing popularity and the developing literary communities in the borough.

Legos Come to Life at Atlas Park

A boy shouted out, “Holy Cow,” as the motor-powered Lego model he just helped build started to come alive with its gears moving suddenly.

Bricks 4 Kidz group launched a free summer program inside the Shops at Atlas Park to build up children’s mechanical skills while they build moving Lego models.

Summer Sundays at the Park Begins

The Jackson Heights Orchestra kicked off the annual Summer Sundays at the Park concert series last week, drawing a crowd of people to the play street by Travers Park.

The series, organized by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, invites emerging and established artists to perform every Sunday afternoon for the community. Now in its 10th year, much has changed about the program for the better.

Woodhaven Residents Revitalize Historic Cemetery

Years of neglect have left the tombstones at the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery covered in overgrown greenery. But last week, members of the Woodhaven community moved in behind All Saints Episcopal Church with rakes and gloves, ready to clear out weeds as part of a project to make the resting place of historical families like Elmhurst and Ditmars accessible to the public.

Rego Park Group Calling All Queens Artists

The Rego Park Green Alliance is looking to the community to step up and enhance outdoor art space throughout the borough.

As part of their Queens Arts Intervention (QAI) project, the alliance is asking people to send them art proposals to consider for funding. They are looking for art for much more than just self-expression, but also to affect the lives of people in the community.