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CM Ulrich, Assemblyman Miller & the 7 Memorials of Woodhaven LIVE Tonight at 10


Click here 10 PM Friday to listen LIVE – Join Us in the Chat Room!

We’re LIVE tonight at 10 PM – and in honor of Memorial Day, we’ll talk about the 7 Memorials of Woodhaven. Can you name them all? And we’ll have an interview with a very special guest to discuss a Woodhaven War Memorial that was lost for many years until it was brought back to life back in 2009.


Plus, we’ll be speaking with Councilman Eric Ulrich, Chair of the Committee on Veterans. You may have read recently that Eric is considering a run against Bill deBlasio for Mayor. We’ll find out more about that!

We’ll also discuss our presentation this past week at the Woodhaven Historical Society in which we revealed the interesting connection between World War 2, a Woodhaven resident and a notorious Hollywood film! And we’ll catch you up on the latest news in Woodhaven and check in with Assemblyman Mike Miller to find out what else is going on in our community — Tonight at 10 PM.


Click here 10 PM Friday to listen LIVE – Join Us in the Chat Room!

Famed Woodhaven Artist Stephen Csoka; Pop’s Restaurant – Topics on Woodhaven Historians Tonight

Artist Stephen Csoka had a studio on 87th Street in Woodhaven where he lived from the early 1960s to the late 1980s. His artwork is in the permanent collection of over 34 museums both in the US and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Met, The Whitney, and the Library of Congress to name a few.

His son Frank (an artist and art professor) will be giving a presentation of his work – including a stunning painting of the original carousel in Forest Park after the fire – at the next meeting of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society, at 1 PM on Wednesday, April 27th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  Attendance is free and refreshments will be served.

And Frank Csoka will be joining us tonight on The Woodhaven Historians – Woodhaven Then . . . And Now at 10 PM.

Click here tonight at 10 PM to listen to Frank talk about his father’s work, the move to Woodhaven, and more. 

Here’s a nice piece from a collection of his work called marital Milestones. Each year, Stephen Csoka would present his wife Margaret with a piece that reflected what was going on in their lives. This went on for decades and , in addition the rest of his work, presents an interesting glimpse into the life of this artist. Here’s one you’ll find interesting, from 1963 the year the Csoka’s moved from Brooklyn into Woodhaven. Their home on 87th Street in the background. It needed a lot of work, especially a lot of paint — and as you can tell, they had another grandchild on the way!


Also tonight, we’ll be talking about the latest news and developments with Pop’s – and the differences between Old and Historical. People sometimes conflate the two. And we’ll discuss the topic: just what is Historical in Woodhaven?  On top of that we’ll also talk about the latest news and upcoming events here in Woodhaven. If you want to call in and speak your mind, dial (646) 378-1612 during the live broadcast. Sorry – but we will not answer any private or blocked numbers.

Here are a few of Mr. Csoka’s paintings – we hope you will join us tonight (join us in the chat room if you listen live – click this link and scroll down – log in using your Facebook ID and talk to your fellow Woodhavennites during the show).



Ninja Nish on Radio Free Woodhaven LIVE at 10 PM

Tonight at 10 PM, we will be joined by Nisha Ramroop Alonso a.k.a. Ninja Nish whose family is from Woodhaven. Nisha has been training for the Golden Gloves and will be stepping inside the ring for her very first fight soon as part of Gleason’s Give a Kid A Dream fundraiser.


Gleason’s provides at-risk kids a chance to turn their lives around and Nisha is literally fighting to raise money and awareness for this program.  Click here at 10 PM tonight to listen live and catch up on everything new and old in Woodhaven.


Queens Memories on Radio Free Woodhaven – LIVE Tonight at 10

The Queens Library has mobilized to collect as many Queens Memories as it can — photos, documents, spoken-word — and Woodhaven is happy to be taking part in the project! T0night, on Radio Free Woodhaven, we will speak live with Maggie Schreiner, an archivist with the Queens Library who is coming to Woodhaven to help gather these memories.

Click here tonight at 10 PM EST to Listen!

If you miss the live broadcast, click on the link any time later to listen on demand! The Queens Memory Project will be the guests at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, February 24th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Ave and Woodhaven Boulevard) to discuss this project. Anyone bringing photographs or other interesting material from Woodhaven’s past will be able to have it digitally scanned on to a flash drive – you will keep the original and the flash drive!

Note: The Queens Memory Project will also be scanning in pictures brought in by residents on Saturday, March 5th from 1 PM until 3 at Neir’s Tavern.




Radio Free Woodhaven – Your Queens Memories

Tonight at 10:00 PM on Radio Free Woodhaven — Woodhaven’s LIVE talk show — the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will be making a pretty big announcement. If you like seeing Woodhaven in pictures, this will certainly interest you.  And we’ll also be introducing the project known as The Queens Memory Project, “a collaboration of the Archives at Queens Library and Queens College Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives.”

Click Here 10 PM Tonight to Learn More

The purpose is to collect and organize the photos, documents and memories of Queens neighborhoods. They reached out to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society to try and partner up to collect as much Woodhaven material as possible. They don’t all have to be old pictures – as long as it shows and represents life in our community – as long as it’s something you think people will be interested in seeing years from now – it fits the bill.


The Queens Memory project will be our guests on the line next week — and then they will be making 2 in-person appearances in Woodhaven:

  • Wednesday, February 24th – 1 PM to 3 PM – Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).
  • Saturday, March 5th – 12 Noon to 3 PM – Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th St.)

At both of these events, if you bring in materials to be scanned — Pictures, Documents, etc. — the Queens Memory Project will scan them, give you back your originals, and give you the scans on a flash drive!



Dr. Paul Fish on Radio Free Woodhaven – Friday @ 10

Dr. Paul Fish, of the Animal Clinic of Woodhaven ( 7623 Jamaica Ave, Woodhaven, NY 11421) will be our guest this Friday Night at 10 PM.

Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen to the show LIVE. 

Dr Fish has been on Jamaica Avenue for over 30 years, keeping our pets healthy. And on the side, Dr. Fish has a very interesting hobby – he’s a board game developer. More precisely, he develops board games of a historical nature.

Dr. Fish has developed a new game, entitled “Black Eagles Over Belgium: Blucher vs. Napoleon, 1815” – described as “a hex-and-counter wargame covering the Belgium led battles taking place near Waterloo. The game includes three scenarios, the Battle of Ligny, the Battle of Wavre, and the Battle of Plancenoit. A combined campaign is also included with additional rules for movement between the maps.”


We’ll be talking to Dr. Fish about his long career as a vet on Jamaica Avenue here in Woodhaven – and about this very interesting hobby of creating historical board games.

Remember: Click  here Friday at 10 PM to listen to the show LIVE.  Or, if you miss the Live broadcast, you can always listen to it on delay by clicking on the same link.

Bonus! If you listen LIVE, you can join us in the Chat Room – talk to your fellow Woodhaven residents during the show. You must be registered  with Blog Talk Radio to chat – registration is free and easy – click here to register so you can join the fun in the chat room!

Top 25 Woodhaven Stories of 2015


Join us on a special day and time for the Top 25 Stories in Woodhaven – 2015 Edition.

Click here at 8 PM – Wednesday December 30th to hear the broadcast LIVE as we look at 2015 and remember the stories that had residents of Woodhaven talking.  And if you’d like to call in to speak with the host, the number is (646) 378-1612.

You do not need to register or log in to listen to the show —

But if you’re listening LIVE, please consider logging in and joining us in the chat room! It’s fun talking live to other residents of Woodhaven (both current and former) — but you must be logged in if you want to chat. Click here to register for a free Blog TalkRadio account.  It’s free and takes only a few seconds. You can register using your email address or your Facebook or Twitter account. Once you register you can create a profile and start chatting away during the show!

Miss the LIVE broadcast? No worries, you can click here at any time later on to listen to the show.


Top Woodhaven Stories of 2014


Tonight on Radio Free Woodhaven, we’ll start the year-end process of dissecting the past year – and what better way to do it than a big giant list. Click here at 10 PM tonight (Friday 12/19) to listen to it live — if you miss the live broadcast, you can always catch it in the archives.

Here’s our plan – we’ve compiled a long list of the Top 50 stories of the year.  We’ll be listing the Top 25 in a 2-part series in the Leader-Observer over the next two weeks.

Tonight, LIVE, we’ll discuss #50 through #26.

Also, we’ll be playing a Christmas Greeting from Woodhaven from 1958 – a real trip back in time!

Remember – Click here at 10 PM FRIDAY to listen to the first installment of the Top Stories of 2014.


Jeff Lewis on Radio Free Woodhaven Friday @ 10 PM


We’re LIVE tonight at 10 PM Friday talking about Woodhaven. Tune in tonight to hear an interview with Jeff Lewis of the legendary Lewis’ of Woodhaven, which is being inducted into the Woodhaven Hall of Fame this coming October 10th at Roma View Fine Catering on Crossbay Boulevard (click here if you are interested in attending). Also being honored this year by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is Historian Allan Smith (Man of the Year), Schmidt’s Candies’ Margie Schmidt (Woman of the Year), and The Avenue Diner (Business of the Year).

Click here TONIGHT at 10 PM to listen.


We have a chat room open during the show, scroll down to see it – hang out with your fellow friends and neighbors from Woodhaven! You need to be logged in order to leave comments in the chat – you can quickly and easily log in using your Facebook account. That painting above is the great painting by Madeline Lovallo – she will be at the event and she’s donating a full-sized version of the painting which will be raffled off! We hear there will be former Lewis’ of Woodhaven employees in attendance so this event is doubling as a fun Woodhaven reunion!

We’ll also be talking about tomorrow’s Pasta Dinner to help save the Ambulance Corps, we’ll talk about last night’s Woodhaven Town hall meeting and what the Department of Buildings had to say, and we’ll talk about Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner’s appearance at our meeting – and we’ll be joined by our Assemblyman, Mike Miller.

Lots going on here in Woodhaven – join us tonight to find out more.

Note: If you can’t listen at 10 PM, or if you see this link late, you can always click on the same link to listen to the show on demand.

Click here to listen to the show.

Woodhaven Boulevard, Congressional Candidate on Tonight’s Radio Free Woodhaven

Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE.

Do You Travel On Woodhaven Blvd? If you do, you’re one of the 26,000 people who take this route every day. And you probably know all too well that traffic congestion makes commutes slow and unreliable, and unsafe for pedestrians.


There will be a public meting on June 16th about this issue — and Jess Nizar from Rider’s Alliance will be joining us tonight LIVE at 10 PM to discuss this meeting and potential changes to Woodhaven Boulevard.

Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE.

Want to call in during the show to share your opinion?  Call in to speak with the host (646) 378-1612.

We’ll also be joined by Jeff Kurzon, who is going to be running in the Democratic Primary for Congress, District 7 – Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, including Woodhaven.


Mr. Kurzon will be facing off against incumbent Nydia Velazquez in the primary, you can read about him here.

Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE.

If you miss the live broadcast, you can always click on the same link to listen to the show.

We’ll also catch up with Assemblyman Miller, we’ll discuss the latest news and events in Woodhaven and we’ll talk a little Woodhaven History.

Here are the details about that upcoming Woodhaven Boulevard meeting:

Woodhaven Bus Riders Gathering
Monday, June 16th, 7pm
Emanuel United Church of Christ
91st Ave and Woodhaven Blvd
Pizza and drinks provided!