On September 30, about 30 residents and homeowners of 98th Street in Woodhaven inadvertently "crashed" a small soiree sponsored by the local front for the Trust for Public Land.
The good people of 98th Street, believing the event was part of the campaign to secure community input, arrived at El Viejo Yayo on 101st Avenue in Ozone Park, only to be told to get out. They refused to leave.
The so-called "meet and greet" turned into a spirited public forum, much to the chagrin of the Fiends of the QueensWay.
The Woodhaven people are justifiably concerned about their property values, quality of life, and personal safety. They have the academic studies, real-life experience, and common sense to support their argument.
The Friends of the Queensway have $1.5 million. Their arrogance and sense of entitlement were clearly on display. You could see the discomfort on the faces of the north Richmond Hill and Forest Hills Gardens people forced to speak with the people of 98th Street on terms of full equality.
Neil C. Giannelli