City trucks to spray pesticide in Ridgewood tonight

Heads up, Ridgewood residents.

The Health Department is spray pesticide in parts of Queens and Brooklyn, including LIC, tonight between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

The spray is to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus. This is the eighth time this season the city has conducted adulticide treatment, as it’s called.

The city is using very low concentrations of Anvil 10+10, which has low risks for people and pets. But some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience eye or throat irritation, the city warns.

To stay safe during the spray, health officials advise staying indoors when possible and leaving the air conditioner on.

After the spray, you can, but are not required to, wash outdoor toys or equipment with soap and water, and wash fruits and vegetables with water.

Ridgewood Library Writing Course

In this workshop, presenters cover everything you can’t Google about freelancing writing–including working with editors, negotiating pay, and drafting pitches that editors read and accept.

Students will:

1.) Review and critique real pitches directly from editors’ in-boxes.
2.) Practice writing and editing their own great pitches.
2.) Learn about current industry rates, and how to ask for what they are worth.
3.) Leave with a list of 100+ editors’ email addresses.

Location: The Ridgewood Library at 2012 Madison St, Ridgewood, NY 11385.

Date: Saturday, Septemer 8, 2018

Time: 1 pm to 3:30 pm

Phone: 718-821-4770

Link to Register Online:

You can register online, over the phone, or in person. Space is limited but the course is free!

Report: Ridgewood crashes “on the rise”

A new report from, a website that provides data on New York City intersections and addresses, claims that crashes in Ridgewood are on the rise, especially after recent safety upgrades.

The site says since the Department of Transportation installed a new pedestrian plaza at the intersection of Myrtle and Wyckoff in December 2016, crashes injuring pedestrians and cyclists have actually gone up 35 percent in 2017.

In the three years before the plaza, the report says, the intersection averaged 64 crashes. That number spiked to 87 last year, the report says.

From January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2018, 98 cyclists and 237 pedestrians have been injured in Ridgewood. Three people died during that time span.

What do you make of this traffic injury data? Have you felt more or less safe at Myrtle-Wyckoff since the plaza was installed?

Let us know in the comments below!

The Onderdonk House Expands its Summer Hours


The historic Vander Ende Onderdonk House now provides guided and self-guided tours on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City.

Current Summer Hours are:

Wednesdays from 3 pm to 7 pm

Saturdays 1 to 5 PM and Sundays 1 to 5 PM.

Members can view the historic Onderdonk House for free. The suggested donation for non-members is $3.00 per person. Veterans and Active Service members are also free.


Phone: 718-456-1776

1820 Flushing Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Email: or


Aby’s Bar requests longer hours of operation

Ridgewood spot Aby’s Bar, located at 681 Seneca Avenue, wants to extend their hours to stay open.

Earlier this month, the bar owner told Community Board 5 she wanted to lengthen her bar’s hours of operation to 2 a.m. some nights and 4 a.m. other nights.

Currently, the liquor licenses they received has a stipulation that they must close by 1 a.m. on weekends and midnight on weekdays.

“I need longer hours to keep the bar open,” the owner said. “This is my last chance.”

What do you think? Does Aby’s Bar deserve an extension of their hours? Let us know in the comments below.

Water service interruptions tomorrow morning

Attention Ridgewood residents!

DDC is interrupting water service tomorrow morning, starting at 8 a.m., to replace water mains and appurtenances along Onderdonk Avenue and surrounding streets.

These streets will be affected by the installation:

  • Seneca Avenue between Grove Street and Himrod Street,
  • Harman Street between Onderdonk Avenue and Cypress Avenue,
  • Greene Avenue between Onderdonk Avenue and Cypress Avenue,
  • Bleecker Street between Onderdonk Avenue and Cypress Avenue,
  • Cypress Avenue between Harman Street and Menahan Street.

Water service will be shut off for approximately 8 hours, so be prepared!

Myrtle Avenue Gets Connected with the Launch of Benefit Kitchen

Myrtle Avenue has partnered with a tech start up in order to keep families and local businesses connected. The  Myrtle Avenue team is getting out in the community and showing local residents how to use this tool named Benefit Kitchen. This resource can be used on your phone or PC and its main function is to empower people with their own financial knowledge.

It informs people of their federal, state, and city financial eligibility. It also informs the user of discounted necessary services right on Myrtle Avenue such as discounted eye care services, food pantry services, and more. The goal of the tool is to connect residents of all incomes with needed services on Myrtle Avenue and maintain its inclusive status.

To sign up or learn more about Benefit Kitchen, click here! 

Newsstand at Myrtle and Wyckoff? CB5 says no

Screen shot via Google Maps

What do you think about adding a newsstand on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Wyckoff Avenue?

Well, Community Board 5 last night voted against the idea put forward by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

The applicant, who did not identify himself at the meeting, had few details to offer because his “lawyer” was handling all the business aspects.

But Michael, whose client owns the adjacent building at 329 Wyckoff, had a few objections. For starters, there are already two local businesses that sell the same products the newsstand would sell. Secondly, the train station is nearby, and the newsstand would clog the street either more.

Lastly, the newsstand would block visibility for the local businesses.

Ted Renz, who runs the Myrtle Avenue BID, also opposed the proposal. He says the newsstand would be right near the Myrtle/Wyckoff public plaza, which is supposed to facilitate an open space of sorts for people.

“As we move forward with reconstructing Wyckoff, let’s look to declutter the area and make it a pedestrian plaza,” Renz said at the meeting.

The board recommended denying the application by a 28-5 vote.