When this carousel reopened after many years of neglect and through the efforts of our State Senator Serphin R. Maltese, and our now deceased elected representatives, former Assemblyman and Judge Frederick D. Schmidt and councilmen Arthur Katzman and Walter Ward, and community representatives, a concessionaire was found who repaired the calliope, and renovated the carousel area and added additional rides for the youngsters.
The Forest Park Carousel is truly “The Jewel of Forest Park.” In the years that followed of closing and disrepair, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation continued to gain support for landmarking through many many years.
In this way, our jewel would never be closed or neglected and funds could be accessed for its maintenance, security and care and with this protection our beloved Carousel will be saved once and for all.
After the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s correspondence through the years and the strong advocacy of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, the landmarking of the was signed on June 25, 2013. A year goes so fast.
You can ride the Forest Park Carousel on weekends with free entertainment every Saturday and on holidays at 2 and 4 p.m. It will be open weekdays until 5 p.m. in June and 6 p.m. in July and August. On weekends, it will be open until 8 p.m.
This was a busy week, with all good news for Woodhaven. I had the privilege of cutting the ribbon on a new unique yogurt store. Go Natural opened on Jamaica Avenue. This one-of-a-kind frozen yogurt store was opened by Jimmy Illescas and his family. Illescas, who was honored at the 2012 GWDC Dinner Dance as Businessman of the Year, also owns Tropical Restaurant.
The Restaurant has also been extended and renovated now with a large beautiful catering room. We cut the ribbon with his daughter Mechelle, WBID President Mathew Xenakis and his family and others. The WBID also thanks him and his family for living and investing so much in our Woodhaven.
On Saturday throughout the city we celebrated “Make Music New York.” The WBID sponsored our own event at Forest Parkway Plaza with the live music of Plastic Soul. This music was enjoyed by all from 6 to 8 p.m. with dancing in the streets. W
e were even visited by two rubber chicken sisters, Elsa and Eunice, who have their own blog. It was a fun evening. We were blessed with beautiful weather which was just perfect for both events. Only in Woodhaven.
May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and disabled veterans, and may God bless America.