Visual Arts Program Comes to PS 151

April 20th, 2016 by admin No comments »

PS 151 Art Classes

 

 

 

 

 

On April 6, Woodside on the Move launched our Visual Arts After School program at PS 151 for first and second graders.

For the next 10 weeks, students will draw, paint, cut and create!

PS 151 currently has no budget for the arts, so programs like this are critical to student creativity. This is also a win for working parents who struggle to find affordable and stimulating child care close to home.

The program will conclude with an art exhibition by students in June.

We thank Council Member Costa Constantinides for a $5,000 grant that made this program possible.

Computer Classes Open Doors for Seniors

April 20th, 2016 by admin No comments »

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Imagine not being able to search for directions or look for an apartment because you don’t have access or knowledge of computers. Imagine losing touch with kids and grandkids overseas or closer to home because you don’t have email or social media. Imagine not being able to create a resume or apply for food stamps or file your taxes. This is the reality for so many New Yorkers.

Woodside on the Move is bridging the digital literacy gap by offering computer classes to seniors and other low-income individuals. We just completed a one month session and are eager to keep our computer lab open for students to practice what they learned.

The Computer Lab is supported by funding from Time Warner Cable and ConEdison.

Do you have the skills to teach a basic computer class twice a week–and offer this life-changing education?

Email Adriana at abeltran@woodsideonthemove.org for details.

PS 11 Summer School Applications Available

April 13th, 2016 by admin No comments »

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Summer School Applications for PS 11  will be available for pick up and drop off at Woodside on the Move main office, 39-42 59th Street, 2nd Floor, from Monday, April 11 through Friday, April 22  between 10 AM to 5 PM. Applications must be submitted with verification of child’s age (BIRTH CERTIFICATES). Because of the high demand for this program, there will be no exceptions for late applications. Forms cannot be submitted to the school directly. The Lottery Drawing will be conducted at the school site located at PS 11 54-25 Skillman Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377 on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

Seeking Art Instructor for PS 151 After School Program

March 16th, 2016 by admin No comments »
Do you teach dance, visual arts, language arts or music?
Woodside on the Move, a grassroots community organization in Woodside, Queens, is looking to hire an arts instructor for an afterschool program at PS 151. The gig is two hours, three days a week, beginning the week of April 4 through June 18 (10 weeks total excluding spring break, Tuesday through Friday, 2:30PM-4:30PM).
As an Afterschool Arts Instructor, YOU plant the seeds for the next generation of New York City artists.
There is NO arts programming currently at PS151 so students, parents, and teachers are eager for this to happen. While this is a short term gig, there may be teaching opportunities to continue in the summer and fall.
Preference is for a teaching artist who has experience working in DOE schools/afterschool program, but we are eager to fill the position with the right candidate.
Please submit resume and brief cover letter with interest and availability by Friday 3/18 to abeltran@woodsideonthemove.org.

Applications Available for Fresh Air Fund Summer Camp

March 14th, 2016 by admin No comments »

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Every year, thousands of children from low-income communities in New York City get to experience The Fresh Air Fund Summer Camp, a free, unique experience where urban kids get the chance of a lifetime–the opportunity to run, swim, and play outdoors in upstate New York and beyond.

Applications are available at Woodside on the Move main office at 39-42 59th Street 2nd Floor from  9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. Income eligibility restrictions. There is no deadline, but positions are granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Apply Today For Summer Camp at Woodside on the Move

March 7th, 2016 by admin No comments »

Lottery applications for PS152 Summer Camp  will be available for pick up and drop off at Woodside on the Move’s main office at 39-42 59th Street 2nd Floor, from Monday March 7, 2016 through Friday March 18, 2016 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The Lottery Drawing will be conducted at PS152 School on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm.

Lottery applications for PS11  Summer Camp will be available for pick up and drop off at Woodside on the Move’s main office at 39-42 59th Street 2nd Floor, from Monday April 11, 2016 through Friday April 22, 2016 between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Lottery Drawing will be conducted at PS11 School on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

For questions, please call 718-476-8449.

** One lottery application per family. A copy of a birth certificate for each child on the application will be required. **

Spring Programs at Woodside on the Move

March 3rd, 2016 by admin No comments »

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Woodside residents, what kind of neighborhood do you want? Our neighborhood comes from all over the world and speaks over 80 languages. Let’s get creative and think big!

We invite you to an Open House in May where you can meet our new Executive Director Amy Paul and other staff and Board Members. Other events include a Street Fair on May 28, Weekend Walks in June, a Happy Hour in July, and Movie Night in August.  Details to come!

Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved with a community mural and other public art projects. To get the latest updates, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

And this weekend is Queen’s St. Pat’s for All Parade, a great opportunity to celebrate inclusivity and diversity, and to dine local!

A Seat at The Table on Housing Reform

February 26th, 2016 by admin No comments »

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Everyone deserves a safe, affordable home—but this does not come easy.

On Thursday, February 25, Woodside on the Move rallied with allies Chhaya CDC and Asian Americans for Equality to protest a lack of repairs, illegal fees, and harassment by Zara Realty in Jamaica. For days before the rally, Zara threatened to hike the rents of tenants who organized. Yet despite the rain and intimidation, tenants took to the streets to demand their rights and protections. Zara is one of the many landlords in the city charged with predatory equity, a term used to describe private companies who bought up rent-stabilized buildings during the housing bubble and seized on making a profit.

Progress is slow, but there has been some success. In January, tenants had an impressive sit-down with owners of BRG, a landlord that was also charged with abuses. This sit-down came after many months of organizing and filing complaints, and resulted in numerous repairs and improvements.

The struggle continues to make Woodside, Jamaica, and other Queens neighborhoods truly affordable for all!

Woodside Goes to the Plaza

February 22nd, 2016 by admin No comments »
PS11Q Students Make Pizza at The Plaza

PS11Q Students Make Pizza at The Plaza

Sixth graders from Kathryn M. Phelan School (P.S.11Q) took a trip to the famous Todd English Food Hall inside the Plaza Hotel this mid-winter recess, a field trip organized by Woodside on the Move. The highlight from the trip was learning how to make pizza from resident Sous Chef Hugo Saavedra.

The students also learned practical tips: kitchen safety, the importance of healthy eating habits, and healthy eating begins with fresh ingredients. They realized that the beauty of cooking, like in all art forms, lies in the process of making and not in the results. But if pizza is the result, it doesn’t hurt.

The trip was organized by Activity Specialist Gorge Cruz and Counselor Victoria Pichardo.

Queens Housing Groups Expose Zara Landlord Abuse

February 18th, 2016 by admin No comments »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/18/2016

Contact: Cesar Reyes      rcesar@woodsideonthemove.org     718.476.8449

On Thursday, February 25, 2016 (4PM – 7PM), Woodside on the Move, Chhaya CDC, and Asian Americans for Equality will hold a rally and press conference to expose Zara Realty’s negligent management practices. These practices include: illegal evictions and buyouts, as well as a dangerous lack of essential tenant services in the buildings Zara Realty owns and operates.

The rally will take place at the Zara managed building at 88-25 148th Street in Jamaica, Queens. Tenants, who have been denied fair treatment by Zara’s management, will offer testimonials and demand justice and fair treatment for their families and neighbors. We welcome the media to do walkthroughs to document the deplorable conditions within the tenants’ apartments.

Acting in conjunction with Stabilizing NYC Coalition, Woodside on the Move, Chhaya CDC, and Asian Americans for Equality, are organizing tenants against oppressive tactics that threaten to end rent regulation and make it difficult for low-income New Yorkers to find safe and affordable housing.

Organizers and tenants will present opening statements followed by a question and answer session with press.

“The community has had enough. These tactics promote gentrification and homelessness within New York’s most vulnerable communities and are part of a trend at a citywide level to do away with affordable housing,” ~ Cesar Reyes Woodside on the Move Inc.

“Predatory equity is a significant threat to our already depleting affordable housing stock. These management companies are actively trying to evict tenants by refusing to make repairs and using intimidation tactics to prevent them from coming together and exercising their rights…. We demand that these companies stop these predatory practices immediately and treat the tenants with dignity and respect they deserve,” ~Jagpreet Khakh Chhaya CDC

“These are large predatory equity corporations with the sole intention of removing a building’s rent regulated status in order to make higher profits by charging rents at market rate. We strive to protect these communities by informing them of their housing rights and by uniting them in an organized front against their predatory equity landlords.” ~ Christopher Kui, Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)

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