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Nearly 200 years ago, Woodhaven was "Woodville" -- the name was later changed to distinguish the area from its upstate New York counterpart -- and home to two racetracks, drawing in tens of thousands of ... Full Story
Kevin

Allentown, PA

#21 Jul 18, 2008
haha yeah, thats the rock I thought it was. I remember first seeing that in 1990 with my friend. It was pretty cool and its about the only original thing of Woodhaven that still stands.
Woodhaven in the 70s

Paterson, NJ

#22 Jul 27, 2008
I recall many names that were mentioned. How about Simons Barber shop, Dicks Deli, Jamacia Ave, PS97, handball anyone? 79th Street Park?
The library on Forest Park, it was always empty then and probably still is.
I also grew up in Woodhaven on 80th street & moved out 1985 when I got married and knew things would be changing. I liked the area back then. I have not seen the area for about 8-10 years. I want to check it out again to drive passed my old house.
Dowling

Schenectady, NY

#23 Aug 11, 2008
Simons! Wow - I remember that place! And Dicks Deli - where every kid under legal age was able to buy Budweiser and Marlboros! Back then, the legal age was still 18! If you do go back, be prepared. A lot has certainly changed. I lived on 88th ave between 80th and 78th streets. What about Kerns candy store on 80th and 88th avenue? Remember the old school yard on 78th street - ps 65? There are condos there now. Neir's bar on the corner of 78th St and 88th Avenue? Sal's Pizza on 85th and Jamaica - I still have not found better pizza!! The Haven Theater w/ Saturday shows for $1.50?? Jeez - I feel OLD!!
Bob

Barnesville, OH

#24 Aug 19, 2008
We moved to Woodhaven from Cypress Hills in 1956 when I was 12. I was a great neighborhood then with plenty of things to do and friends to do it with. You didn't have to worry about leaving you bike out or anything else. When I got married we moved away, but in 1972 moved back and bought a home east of the blvd and north of Jamaica avenue. In 1977 we moved to Virginia and have only been back a couple of times, we still have some friends that live there but have not seen them since 1987, anyone else remember those days?
Dowling

Schenectady, NY

#25 Aug 19, 2008
I remember summer days - leaving the house in the morning and not coming home until the street lights came on. Then we played Ring-A-Leerio when it was dark. We could leave our bikes out in front of the house with no worries. Stoop ball. Stick ball. Street hockey. All played in the middle of the street. You simply moved when the cars came by.
Old time woodster

East Hanover, NJ

#26 Mar 15, 2009
Dowling wrote:
I remember summer days - leaving the house in the morning and not coming home until the street lights came on. Then we played Ring-A-Leerio when it was dark. We could leave our bikes out in front of the house with no worries. Stoop ball. Stick ball. Street hockey. All played in the middle of the street. You simply moved when the cars came by.
I left my bike out all the time in my alley until Craig from 87th road between 78th and 80th stole mine!!Ah good times!! circa early 70's
HelloQueens

United States

#27 Jul 16, 2009
Well a friend of mine lived over off 108th at landlord ex cop nicks apartments and had to move. The guy downstairs Juan Aroca was so busy selling and smoking weed that my friend couldnt handle it. She has allergies and this bozo's girlfriend told her that maybe she needed to take some benadryl and it wasnt the weed smoke? Go figure. Queens is more and more being taken over by trash. Gives the neighborhood a bad name and reputation.
CurlyQue

Saint Paul, MN

#28 Aug 5, 2009
Woodhaven was a mixture of something beautiful and horrible in the 70s and 80s too. The haven was a dump. Lit cigaretts flying from the balcony. Knife fights. The screen was set on fire...East new york gangs comming for the double feature....Drugged out loosers looking to score in Forest Park at the steps!! No one over 17 being able to sell drugs at the steps....can't do time if your a juvie...smart mobsters. Those minnie wanna be wise guys in the park were monsters too. The dome with all the people who wished they were hippies in the 60s, but missed out by getting stuck in the late 70s and 80s -getting trashed and looking stupid, but thinking they were Coooll.
Houses being robbed. Multiple murders. The second Zodiac killer.

Beautiful parts - many of the old timers. The library. PS. 97 before the additional buildings. The nice parts of the park. The Golf House. Sledding in the Golf Cource. Halloweeen. Christmas decorations on the houses. Victory Field. Playing in the streets before cable tv...Scateboarding before it was profitable. Getting an education on the streets! The old candy stores..Lewis of Woodhaven..Pops.
CurlyQue

Saint Paul, MN

#29 Aug 5, 2009
Ooops. Retards spelling too. Sorry folks. Should have proof read!!!
Karen

Bronx, NY

#30 Aug 6, 2009
My mom & stepfather just bought a house in Woodhaven and so far they like it. My family grew up in Greenpoint/Williamsburg and was priced out of the neighborhood because of gentrification and with the luxury condos being developed. I would have loved for my mom to stay in Brooklyn but could not afford it. I think every neighborhood has its pros & cons. Me growing up in Williamsburg in the 80's and seeing the ups and downs with the drugs; hookers; gangs in the Southside and Greenpoint would have to say Woodhaven is not a bad neighborhood. It does have potential and what makes the neighborhood unique is its diversity.

The neighbors were very welcoming to my mom and the old timers love telling their wonderful stories about growing up in Woodhaven and raising their children. They all say it has changed but would never leave.

On the downside, I don't know why the garbage is always all over the side walk. It drives me crazy. Jamacia Avenue is very dreary. MTA needs to paint under the J train.

In the end it is working class families trying to survive just like everyone else. Thank you all, this was very helpful. Karen
Marge

Hollis, NY

#31 Aug 6, 2009
Dowling wrote:
Simons! Wow - I remember that place! And Dicks Deli - where every kid under legal age was able to buy Budweiser and Marlboros! Back then, the legal age was still 18! If you do go back, be prepared. A lot has certainly changed. I lived on 88th ave between 80th and 78th streets. What about Kerns candy store on 80th and 88th avenue? Remember the old school yard on 78th street - ps 65? There are condos there now. Neir's bar on the corner of 78th St and 88th Avenue? Sal's Pizza on 85th and Jamaica - I still have not found better pizza!! The Haven Theater w/ Saturday shows for $1.50?? Jeez - I feel OLD!!
there was no legal age for purchasing cigarettes then.
peppy

Brentwood, NY

#32 Dec 29, 2009
Mary Barresi wrote:
Life in Woodhaven has made big changes since I grew up there '68-'83! 79th Street Corner: & Kenny's basement...ykes! Joe Barresi vs. Joey Galiano in the sprint! Neer's for Beers, Johnny Gebert - the neighborhoods own...Sal's Pizzeria, The Haven Theater and Planet of the Apes All Day Theater, The Penny Candy Store!, Scaturro's, The Dome!!, Parties in the Park, Octoberfest, St. Thomas, Fr. Chichester, The Horror Dentist across from the Church, Jimmy Young - great kid growing up, Louie Rizzo - break the rules- gotta love him, Barresi Family, Geberts, Houssmans, Kliens, Fremers, Jones, Hughes, Myles, and many more...Woodhaven will always be home...
Boy do i remember all these wacked out people john gebert a psycho maniac, i moved away from the neighborhood in 86 , was not surprised to read that hes dead , joe mathis dead too wow, john alite and joe okaine , remember the ps 97 boys and the 88th street lords lolol
Karen

Bronx, NY

#33 Dec 29, 2009
I just saw a tavern called Union Course Tavern or Niers Tavern has both names on the plaque on 78th Street it was where Mae West started her career. Does anyone know if the place is landmarked? It says it is the oldest Tavern in Queen.
Peter

Brooklyn, NY

#34 Dec 29, 2009
Woodhaven is a dump. I live in Rego Park which has progressively gone downhill. Looking forward to Texas. Went to this Steakhouse near Dallas, it was AMAZING, far better than Peter Luger or the overpriced yuppie Steakhouses in NY.
PEPPY

New Milford, NJ

#35 Dec 29, 2009
Peter wrote:
Woodhaven is a dump. I live in Rego Park which has progressively gone downhill. Looking forward to Texas. Went to this Steakhouse near Dallas, it was AMAZING, far better than Peter Luger or the overpriced yuppie Steakhouses in NY.
I agree Woodhaven is a shit hole. However a yuppie steak has nothing to do with it. Imagine sending your kid to Franklin K lane High School...a real toilet bowl...
ralph ferrante jr

Las Vegas, NV

#36 May 31, 2010
i to use to live in woodhaven on 87rd between 78st and 80st quit franklie most of the people i hung around are dead i do beleive if i wood have stayed i also wood be dead all the people you mentioned i know all of them but your name i dont remember
Stories from Woodhaven

East Northport, NY

#37 Jun 12, 2010
http://mynameisgigiwiggins.blogspot.com/2010/...

Here is a blog that occasionally mentions Paddywacks and Niers and other local taverns from an old timer who lived there.
ralph ferrante jr

Las Vegas, NV

#38 Jun 14, 2010
most of all the people that have comments about wood haven and lived there i remember from when i grew up with all if not most believe it there was nothing to do i just wish i would have left ive lost alot of friends all senseless deaths to anyone up here that knows me i think we are all thankful we left woodhaven hello to those know me
dennis regan

Brooklyn, NY

#39 Jun 28, 2010
WE SPENT EVERY SUNDAY IN NIER'S AFTER CHURCH. I thought as a kid it was part of going to church!
I have great pictures of the bar going back to the 1940's.
The only think I wish they'd restore would be the great front window that used to be there before that shooting in the early '80's
dennis regan

Brooklyn, NY

#40 Jun 28, 2010
Marge wrote:
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there was no legal age for purchasing cigarettes then.
Don't feel old Marge, I remember getting into the Haven Theatre for 48 cents

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