Why Woodside residents are keeping their favorite gym a secret

QL2If you live in Woodside, Ultimate Fitness Queens is about to be Your new Favorite gym for Fitness, Sports, and so much more. 

Located at 26-50 BQE West in Woodside, Queens, Ultimate Fitness Queens boasts 3 floors and 40,000 Sq Ft. of State Of The Art Fitness Equipment and Queens’ Largest Cardio Section. Ultimate Fitness Queens also has a Big Indoor Basketball Court, Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA, Sauna & Steam Room, Massage Therapy and a Beauty Salon, On-Site Full Menu Cafe & Juice Bar and much more!


Full_CourtIf you ask me, no other gym in Queens can offer a 24-hour open Indoor Basketball Court, 3 Floors of Strength Training Equipment, Full Schedule of Group Fitness Classes (Spin, Zumba, Yoga, Belly Dance, etc…), Separate Boxing and Spin Room, Personal Training, Nutrition Coaching, Free Street Parking and 3 Parking Lots with Free parking available with your membership.… which starts at only $14.99/mo!

QL5“I’ve been a member for many years and left for one year to try something else, but I just came back.  I realized for the price & quality you guys lead the pack. It’s not always greener on the other side,” said Alex, a Woodside resident and member of Ultimate Fitness Queens. 

What’s more… their staff is loaded with experts in the Health & Fitness industry!

TRIM-Sanity is a Fitness and Weight Loss/Management Program lead by UFQ’s Leyla Messiha, ACSM EP-C, CTRS. 

QL6UFQ’s TRIM-Sanity  Program is more than just Personal Training and Group Fitness Classes… they are the “most complete approach to developing and adopting a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle. “We are not offering Overhyped empty promises of guaranteed Weight Loss… We are committed to helping you reach your goals and developing strategies and solutions for a Healthier Quality of Life,” said program director, Leyla. 


According to Leyla, Fitness is a State of Mind, Body and Spirit. Exploring Exercise Options and the right Nutrition Habits that are catered to your Needs and Interests are essential to adopting the Fitness Lifestyle. 

QL3TRIM-Sanity focuses on the most Effective combination of Fitness Classes, Personal Training, Personal Assessment and Nutrition Education fused together to help you maximize your results. 

Some of the Specialties offered by TRIM-Sanity at Ultimate Fitness Queens are: INSANITY, TRX Workout, Zumba, Boot Camp / HIIT, Cardio Kickboxing, Personal Training, Nutritional Counseling, Post Rehab, Massage Therapy and Monthly Health and Fitness Workshops. 

You can call Ultimate Fitness Queens at (718) 726-4343, check out their website here, and their Facebook Page here.  



Van Dam St. Homeless Shelter Angers Residents at Thursday night meeting


The Department of Homeless Services Meeting held on Thursday, March 15th, at the St Raphael’s Church located at 3520 Greenpoint Ave. included a heated debate between the enraged community of Blissville over the third shelter being reinstated in the area, and the DHS Queens Manager Amanda Nasner and a panel from DHS.

The new homeless shelter, tentatively named the Northstar Shelter, is intended to open this month for 154 adult families at the Fairfield Inn at 52-34 Van Dam St.  DHS did stay late Thursday to ensure that every person who wanted to speak and address the panel was heard. The Chairman of Community Board #2, Denise Keehan-Smith monitored the public meeting between the community and DHS .

DHS claimed that the homeless shelter in Blissville shelter would not be permanent. But many at this meeting told DHS that they had lost trust with the administration. Local resident Jack Wallace said, “Part of the problem is that I don’t trust DHS. You proved not to be trustworthy by what happened at the Pan Am Hotel. They were told that the shelter there wouldn’t be permanent. They moved in overnight. The people of Jackson Heights were lied to. Now it’s a permanent shelter. There’s no transparency at DHS. No honesty. No communication. No respect.”

One resident stated, “My name is Sam and I stand for Sunnyside. There’s a saying in baseball, ‘if you build it they will come.’ But our community is too small for a hotel shelter. We don’t want what happened at other hotel shelters to happen here.”

President of the Hunter Point Civic Association in Long Island City, Brent O’Leary said, “We are not against the homeless. We are willing to do our part. But this is not a good location for another shelter. Blissville is a such a small town that a homeless shelter in the area will overwhelm the residents.” The small town of Blissville has little over 300 residents.

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Author Crystal Wolfe to host author talk & book signing


Author and advocate Crystal Wolfe is hosting two local talks and book signings for her book, “Our Invisible Neighbors: Accounts, Causes and Solutions to the Epidemic of Homelessness in the 21st Century.”

The first session will be at the Project Life Center in Woodside on Thursday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.

The next will be at the Sunnyside Library on Saturday, April 7th at 2:30 p.m.

Hear Crystal share stories about the homeless crisis in New York City, which has reached historic highs in recent years.

Crystal is also the founder of the organization Catering for the Homeless.

PS 11 to get two traffic lights

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Hearing the rally cries of parents, teachers and school administrators from PS 11, the Department of Transportation will install two traffic lights in front of the Woodside school.

They will be installed by the end of May.

The PS 11 community demanded traffic calming measures in a rally in January, and their voice was heard.

“These two signals now make it easier for everyone in the community to cross, especially the growing number of students who are heading to and from school or visiting the Woodside Library,” said Queens DOT Commissioner Nicole Garcia.

The school added hundreds of seats when it opened its new $91.8 million annex last year.

As a result, they also changed entrances, leading to concerns about traffic and cars.

To read more about PS 11’s rally, see the story here.

St. Pat’s for All Sunnyside Parade

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Interested in marching with the McManus Irish Dance LLC in the St Pat’s For All Sunnyside Parade? Come and celebrate Irish culture in the Sunnyside community by supporting this local establishment. The group will meet on Sunday, March 4th at 1 PM at Skillman Avenue to prepare for step off at 2 PM.

Stick around after the parade for the 4th annual Post Parade party featuring live Irish music, song, and performances by the McManus students and staff at Maguire’s Pub at 54-20 Roosevelt Avenue.

For more information visit the event’s Facebook page here.

Erin go Bragh!

Brewer’s Bash at Bar 43 in Queens

Head to Bar 43 at 43-06 43rd Street, on Friday, March 2nd from 7pm for a ‘Brewer’s Bash’ as part of NYC Beer Week!

Celebrate beer week with local brewers including Singlecut, LIC Beer Project, Braven and King’s County Brewing Co. confirmed with more local breweries still to join. With 10 lines of great locally brewed beer, you’ll be spoiled for choice. You can also expect guest appearances from local brewmasters!

Tickets are FREE so register here to join in on the fun!

Van Bramer gears up for borough president run

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Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is reportedly interested in running for borough president in 2021, according to reports.

In an email sent out to supporters yesterday afternoon, the third-term councilman announced he has already opened a campaign account for the 2021 election cycle.

Though he didn’t specifically say he’s running to lead Borough Hall, his fundraising limit is also capped at $3,850, which is the maximum permitted for a candidate running for that position.

“Representing Queens in the City Council is the greatest honor of my life,” he said in the email. “We live in neighborhoods with rich histories and bright futures – the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.”

“I was born in Queens and have lived here my entire life. I have dedicated my life to making the borough the best that it can be, and I will continue to fight for Queens as a councilman and hopefully one day in higher office.”

Certainly sounds like a borough president run, doesn’t it?

Calls for MTA to survey 7 train viaduct

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After concrete fell from the 7 train viaduct on 41st Street and Queens Boulevard last week, a local elected official wants the MTA to survey and review the needs of the overpass.

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan fired off a letter to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and said while no one was injured, the incident was a “cause for great concern.”

She wrote that the structure was rebuilt in the early 1990s.

“Our community had been repeatedly assured that the structure would last over 40 years,” Nolan said. “This failure, after only a few decades, is shocking.”

“There are other signs of disrepair on the 7 line, including leaking platform roof rain gutters and buckling treads at the station stairs.”


Chancellor visits PS 150 to see Passport to Social Studies curriculum

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina stopped by PS 150 in Sunnyside this morning to check out how to the Passport to Social Studies curriculum was working.

PS 150 is one of 866 elementary and middle schools using the curriculum, which was introduced last school year.

“Social Studies has always been my favorite subject, and schools across the five boroughs are bringing it to life with the Passport to Social Studies,” Farina says. “I hope the Passport will inspire the next generation of citizens who are well-versed in current events and historical patterns, and think critically about how to improve New York City and our society.”

The curriculum includes instructional resources for teachers and individual lesson plans. Teachers can use it to develop students’ historical understanding and social studies skills.

It encourages young students to ask questions, think critically, gather evidence and consider many perspectives. It also helps students make connections between history and their own lives.

At PS 150, a 5th grade class created a “living history museum” about European explorers. A 3rd grade class created travel brochures and researched endangered animals as part of their unit on China. Finally, a 2nd grade class learned about the history of NYC transportation.

“Social Studies was the first subject I gravitated to in school and was the foundation for my love of history, government and politics,” says Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “I am thrilled to see this engaging curriculum being used in New York City schools, helping to shape the minds and pique the curiosity of another generation of leaders.”