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Violence, graffiti have Woodside under siege

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Stephen McKinley

Street violence and rampant graffiti have been making life miserable for traders on Woodside’s 61st Street recently, and they have also complained that their problem with double-parked gypsy cabs disrupting business has not improved.

Many in the traditionally Irish neighborhood in Queens are pessimistic about seeing an improvement in the traffic situation in the near future, a problem they first highlighted at public meetings in June.

They are now reporting rising levels of street crime in the area, a rapid increase in graffiti vandalism, and the possibility of gang activity.

A meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday between traders and representatives of the city’s Department of Transportation, at the Roosevelt Avenue corner of the bedeviled block.

But Shane Moynagh of Shane’s Bakery on 61st Street is not optimistic.

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