New After-school Program at PS.151Q

After School Program PS 151!

After School Program PS 151!

Good afternoon Woodsiders,

Calling all Parents!!!

Woodside on the Move is proud to announce that we have just launched our new after-school program at PS.151 Queens.!!!(Mary D. Carter School)

We welcome parents who have children attending this school to reach out to our amazing After-school program Ms.Teah Moe. The program will operate Mon,Wed & Fri from 2:30pm-5:30pm for additional details about enrollment contact :
or call us at

Stay tuned for more exciting developments this year!!!

Woofside Pet Parade Returns November 5








Whether it’s a (crowded) 7 train, winner of 2014 Pet Parade, pumpkin or park ranger, favorite small biz pastry chef or bartender, a skyscraper or new schoolput on your creative hat and make a statement at this year’s Pet Parade.

11:00 AM     Meet at Skillman Pets, our favorite neighborhood pet store, to register your pet for the costume contest. Fee is $10. You can sign up at the event or register at this link.

11:30 AM     Pet Parade begins @ Skillman Pets (49-16 Skillman Ave) and ends @Windmuller Park BandshellParade is FREE and open to the public.

12:00 PM     Costume contest begins Windmuller Park.

Sponsorship Opportunities available until November 1, 2016.  

Please CONTACT US if you would like to have a table to display your products: 718-476-8449 or

Volunteer and Make Change in Woodside

Do you have excellent people skills?

Do you want to help low-income seniors and families get fair housing and services?

Do you have a special skill like computers or yoga, and want to share it with community?

Do you have a few hours/wk to help with filing, phones or database entry?

Are you a marketing or IT expert that wants to put your skills in the neighborhood?

Are you bilingual in Spanish, Bangla, Nepali, or Tibetan?

Do you want to help with special events?

Do you love working with you and want to be in the classroom?



Ability to commit to minimum of 5 hours a month. Opportunities to work with housing department, administrative support, public events, youth programs, and more. Bilingual/Multilingual language welcome. Ability to pass a background check required for volunteering in youth programs.


Aaron Frager, Volunteer Coordinator, Woodside on the Move

718-476-8449, ext:16

Fall for Woodside, Celebrating 40 Years


Woodside on the Move hosted its 40th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, September 27, at Claret Wine Bar.  Called “Fall for Woodside Community Awards and Cocktail Fundraiser”, the celebration honored five community leaders who have done remarkable work in the neighborhood and beyond.

The event began with a special proclamation from Senator Jose Peralta. Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer spoke about the thousands of dollars he allocated to after school education and community services.

Honorees included Stabilizing NYC, a coalition comprised of fifteen grassroots neighborhood-based organizations, a citywide legal service provider and a citywide housing advocacy organization, who have came together to combat tenant harassment and preserve affordable housing. The Community Organizing Award was received by Harvey Epstein of Urban Justice Center and Sheila Garcia of CASA, on behalf of Stabilizing NYC.

The Excellence in Education award was given to Principal Vincent Vitolo from PS 152 for his tireless work on behalf of elementary education. Mr. Vitolo is a lifelong Woodside/Sunnyside resident. He became a principal at PS 152 in 2005 and began working with Woodside on the Move at that time. He is proud to education the next generation of Woodsiders.










The Small Business Award was given to Maria Iglesias, owner and chef of La Adelita, a traditional family owned restaurant. Mrs. Iglesias, who immigrated from Mexico in 1985, considers herself a fighter. She is also a humanitarian and gives food donations and employment opportunities to New Yorkers who need it the most.

The second Community Organizing and Activism award was given to St. Pats for All for their work organizing the annual St. Pat’s for All Parade. The Parade celebrates Irish heritage and culture and welcomes all regardless of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation. The award received by Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh who spoke about the Parade’s roots in the Woodside and Sunnyside area.

The second Small Business Award was given to Payag, a Filipino Restaurant representing the heart of Woodside’ Little Manila. Rena Avendula, manager and humanitarian received the award and shared her vision of ensuring the restaurant was a gathering space for people from all across New York City and beyond.

The celebration ended with acknowledgements of sponsors and special guests, and an invitation to the staff and Board of Directors to blow the candles on the 40th birthday cake.

Thank You to Sponsors

We are thrilled to have the support of so many institutions that are invested in Woodside and Western Queens. Some of these institutions have been with us for years as regular participants in Taste of Woodside, and supporters of holiday lighting or other public events. We can’t do this work alone, thank you for helping keep Woodside alive and vibrant.

Fall for Woodside Event Sponsors

Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer

Astoria Bank
Donovan’s Pub
Kennedy Roth Funeral Home

Ottomanelli Brothers

American Legion
Congressman Joseph Crowley
Congresswoman Grace Meng
Council Member Daniel Dromm
Law Office of Barbara Pryor
Prana Bazaar

Bing’s Hallmark
Edward Lynch Funeral Home
Peace and Growth Counseling
Queens Legal Services
Sean Ogs
Woodside Café
Woodside Fencing

Assemblywoman Margaret Markey
Berkeley Towers
Payag Restaurant
Queens Historical Society
Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce
Woodside Herald
Woodside Optical

Host Committee Members

Christian Amez, Sunnyside Post
Daniel Connor, Donovan’s Pub
Yoselin Genao-Estrella, Neighborhood Housing Services
Isabelle H. Leighton & Timothy J. Cavaretta, Equality Fund
Kara Manners, Astoria Bank
Frank Ottomanelli, Ottomanelli Brothers
Annetta Seecharran, Chhaya CDC
Irma Rodriguez, Queens Community House (Former Director)
Hannah Weinstock


Five Community Leaders You Should Meet

Forty years ago, this September, friends got together in the basement of Walter Mahon’s home. They wanted more than a place to live. They wanted to know their shopkeepers and teachers by name. This was the beginning of Woodside on the Move. This is the spirit we are honoring at our Fall for Woodside Community Awards on September 27 at Claret Wine.

We will honor five exceptional leaders including small business owners Maria Iglesias, chef and owner of La Adelita, and Rachel Avendula of Payag Restaurant. At a time when big box stores are taking over NYC, these small business owners represent the soul of our neighborhoods. While serving up magic tequila sauce and lychee milkshakes, they also serve as hubs for neighbors to meet, talk shop about overdevelopment, and strategize on issues like the Small Business Job Survival Act (SBJSA), a bill in the City Council that would provide lease protection to commercial renters in NYC, including moms & pops.


It’s not just small businesses that are feeling the impacts of luxury development and gentrification. We also honor Stabilizing NYC, a coalition that is combating tenant harassment and preserving affordable housing for New Yorkers who need it most. Through legal action and organizing, Stabilizing is taking predatory equity landlords to task for patchwork repairs and bogus eviction cases. They fight for many Woodside and Sunnyside seniors on fixed incomes and new immigrant families hustling between low wage jobs to pay rent.

We also celebrate St. Pat’s for All. In 2016, New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue welcomed an Irish LGBTQ group for the first time, in part due to the activism of St. Pat’s for All that has been leading the way for equality for 17 years.

And we toast to Principal Vincent Vitolo, a lifelong resident of the Woodside/Sunnyside area, who always knew he wanted a career in elementary school education. Principal Vitolo began at P.S. 152 in 2005 where he initiated an affiliation with Woodside on the Move’s after school and summer camp program.

As we look forward, we are hopeful. We see tenant leaders standing up to abusive landlords, residents organizing for thoughtful solutions to address homelessness, displacement and the future of our neighborhoods, and local officials work alongside constituents.

As Woodside on the Move turns 40, we give gratitude to those who have left a legacy. We are confident that most lasting solutions are grassroots, resident-driven approaches. We march forward, eager to create a future that all of us can be proud to call home. Join us.

Step Up as a Business Leader


Community doesn’t just happen. It takes educators and activists, small business owners and workers, artists and organizers and entrepreneurs. It takes commitment and people in it for the long-haul. This is Woodside’s history. As a community organizaton, this is a history that Woodside on the Move has been honored to participate in for nearly 40 years.

As we approach our next decade, we lean on you, as we always have, to join us in recognizing five changemakers who have helped make Woodside better. These are individuals and institutions that are committed to keeping the neighborhood diverse and affordable not just for the families who live here now, but for future generations who will call Woodside home.

By taking out an AD or joining us as an Event Sponsor, you show your support as a Business and Community Leader.  Because of YOU, Woodside on the Move will turn 40 in September. We hope you will celebrate with us on September 27.

For more details, please contact us at 718-476-8449 or

We’re Hiring for a Housing Assistant

Do you have excellent people skills and do you want to help low-income seniors and families access fair housing and services?

Woodside on the Move seeks a passionate, committed Housing Assistant to support its critical work providing affordable housing in Woodside and Western Queens.

APPLY TODAY to be a part of a small but dynamic team that provides one-on-one case management, pro bono legal clinics, know your rights workshops, tenant advocacy, organizing in buildings, and more.

Bilingual Housing Assistant
Reports To: Director of Housing
Start Date: November 2016Job Requirements

  • Experience in nonprofit, social service or government organization.
  • Knowledge and/or interest in public policy, urban planning, community organizing, economic development, and affordable housing.
  • Knowledge or commitment to learning about rent regulation, eviction prevention, enrollment in programs like SCRIE, HEAP, DRIE, housing court, housing law, and citywide affordable housing campaigns.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking/writing skills a must.
  • Associate’s degree required, BA preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Social Media.
  • Experience working with diverse low-income and elderly populations a plus.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct initial intake for clients seeking affordable housing.
  • Determine client needs and follow through on all aspects of case.
  • Provide translation/interpretation for intake, case management, and meetings.
  • Schedule appointments and department meetings.
  • Create flyers and materials for workshops, newsletters, social media or press conferences.
  • Help plan Know Your Rights Workshops around tenant rights.
  • File confidential documents and maintain an organized filing system
  • Provide administrative and special event support for legal clinics and other department events.

Hours are M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Position will require occasional evening meetings.

Please submit application here or send a resume and cover letter about your interest and qualifications for the position to

Save the Date: Fall for Woodside

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Great things happened in 1976.

The country celebrated its bicentennial.

Apple was born.

And a group of Woodsiders got together to revitalize the neighborhood.

In the basement of Walter Mahon’s home, young activists began a LEGACY of providing housing assistance and youth services–programs that continue today.

This September, Woodside on the Move turns 40.

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 27, for our 40th Anniversary Birthday Bash at Claret Wine.

Please click here for information about tickets and event sponsorship.

We have big dreams for Woodside on the Move’s next chapter, but we need YOUR HELP to get us there.

We hope you will join us.

Arts, Diversity, and Small Business on 61st Street








Join us for DAY 2 of our Worldwide Woodside Neighborhood Fest with free art, cultural, and wellness activities including salsa, yoga, street games, visual arts activities and screen printing!

FILIPINO DANCE @ 12PM. Join us for ancestral court dances, kulintang gong music, and silat martial art performed by @KINDING SINDAW MELAYU HERITAGE

SALSA DEMO & WORKSHOP @ 1PM. Professional Dancers from Lorenz Dance Studio will shake their hips to salsa beats.

ECUADORIAN ARTS WORKSHOP @ 2PM. Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna will teach dance traditions of indigenous communities.

Suryaside Yoga @ 3PM. Whether you can do a headstand or need more meditation in your life, join us for a BASICS class! No experience required!


And ‪#‎WorldwideWoodside‬ Food Specials:
Worldwide Woodside BURGER from our friends Ottamanelli Brothers NY Grill & BBQ and SUKI-SIDE PLATTER Suki Thai+Shabu

Screen Printing with Chhaya Community Development Corporation. Bring a white t-shirt and learn how to make a print!

‪#‎WoodsideIS‬ Community Mural. Write or draw your favorite places, stories and phrases. This is the first step for a MURAL PROJECT we will do this summer. We welcome elders and young ones, newcomers and long-time residents!

How to Make Green Home Products. Workers Justice Project – Proyecto Justicia Laboral will share simple recipes to keep your home smelling and feeling clean with natural products in your kitchen!

#WorldwideWoodside is a demonstration of arts, community and small business coming together. Please join us!