Ridgewood Property Owners seek feedback on Starr Street playground


The local Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association is looking for the community to guide discussions on future improvements to the Starr Street playground. The small recreation area sits at the intersection of Starr Street and Onderdonk Avenue.

Click here to open the form to provide the group with feedback. 

Cooper Avenue site classified as threat to public health


The former site of the Wolff-Alport Chemical Company is commonly referred to as one of the most radioactive places in New York City. Last week, the New York State Superfund Program officially classified the area (1125 to 1133 Irving Avenue and 1514 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood) as a signifcant threat to public health and/or the environment.

The site, according to the state, is contaminated with thorium-232. The classifying document states:

Radiological surveys have identified radioactivity above background levels within portions of the site buildings, in soils beneath and around the buildings and above adjacent sidewalks, streets and sewers. Waste tailings consisting of black or gray ash-like material have been found in a contaminated soil layer beneath site buildings, sidewalks and asphalt surfaces of Irving Avenue and Moffat Street, and within surface soils of the former rail spur, located on the eastern edge of the site.

Due to the presence of the radioactive gas, the state has determined that further investigation is warranted to determine whether people could contact the contaminants associated with the site. It’s been placed on the EPA’s national priorities list.

Read about the site’s radioactive history over at The New Yorker. 

Police arrest grandson in connection with body found in plastic bags inside Queens home


After finding the remains of 85-year-old Erika Kraus Breslin sealed in a plastic bag at a Ridgewood residence last night, police have arrested the woman’s 30-year-old grandson, Christopher Fuhrer on charges of not reporting the death to a health officer, burial/body removal without a permit and improper burial.

At around 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 5, police responded to the home, located at 67-08 65th Street to conduct a wellness check on the woman at the request of a family member. When they arrived at the scene, Fuhrer directed to the officers to the bedroom where they discovered the victim unresponsive inside of plastic bags.

Fuhrer was taken into custody at the scene and the investigation remains ongoing. According to the NY Post, the remains may have been there for approximately five months.

Ridgewood group to present on visit to Standing Rock occupation


The #NoDAPL water protectors who have come to stand with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took non-violent direct action by locking themselves to construction equipment. This is "Happy" American Horse from the Sicangu Nation, hailing from Rosebud. (Photo by Desiree Kane)

The #NoDAPL water protectors who have come to stand with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took non-violent direct action by locking themselves to construction equipment. This is “Happy” American Horse from the Sicangu Nation, hailing from Rosebud. (Photo by Desiree Kane)

On Thursday night from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Topos Bookstore, 788 Woodward Avenue, Ridgewood, members of the local group Woodbine will present on their recent trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota, where various Native American tribes and open space advocates are opposing the construction of a gas pipeline.

The Facebook event says the group will give background and context for what’s happening there, as well as share their first-hand experiences.

We will show photos and videos, discuss the recent actions taken to block the ongoing construction of the pipeline, and go over the day-to-day organization and functioning of the various camps in and around Standing Rock, including Red Warrior, Rosebud, Sacred Stone, and Sacred Ground. We will also discuss further opportunities to support the occupation.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook. 

Crossfit competition at Crossfit Ridgewood this Sunday

The Ridgewood Rumble is a crossfit event for the members of Crossfit Ridgewood; a popular crossfit community in Force Fitness Club, located at 63-03 Fresh Pond Rd. in Ridgewood (next to Rosa’s Pizza).

The competition will take place this Sunday, October 2nd, from 9AM – 12PM. It is a members only event, but spectators are welcome.

Crossfit fans will get a chance to watch the #84 ranked crosfitter in the NE Region, Jeffrey Leider. Leider, a Ridgewood resident and elite personal trainer, is favored to win the event. He is ranked 84th our of 15,000 crossfit competitors in the North East Region.


Here are some clips from last year’s competition.


Here are the exercises in this year’s competition:

WOD 1:    12 Min Time Cap, 800 M Run & In the remaining time athletes must establish a heavy complex of: 1 Snatch (power or squat), 1 Hang Snatch (power or squat), 1 Overhead Squat.

WOD 2:  7 Min AMRAP, 10 Thrusters 95/65 75/55, 10 KB Swings 70/44 53/26, 10 TTB/ Ab-mat Sit-ups

WOD 3:  “Diane” (7 Min Time Cap) 21-15-9, Deadlifts 225/165, 185/125, HSPU’S / Hand Release Push-ups



Woman stabbed to death in Ridgewood


Police are investigating a stabbing incident that left one woman dead and sent a man to the hospital in stable condition.

According to authorities, they responded to 1861 Stanhope Avenue on Wednesday night at around 11:50 p.m. on a report of an assault in progress inside the home. When they arrived, they observed a 26-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds throughout her body and a 26-year-old man with an apparent self-inflicted stab wound in the leg.

The female victim was transported to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The male was transported to Elmhurst Hospital where he is listed in stabled condition. He is currently in police custody.

The identity of the victim is being held, pending family notification.


Police have arrested 26-year-old Render Stetson-Shanahan on charges of murder, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and two counts of criminal mischief in the slaying of 25-year-old Carolyn Bush.

Ridgewood Councilman joins others in sitting for Pledge of Allegiance

Hate mail received by Councilman Jumaane Williams for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Hate mail received by Councilman Jumaane Williams for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who represents parts of Ridgewood, Bushwick and Williamsburg was one of eight members of the City Council that did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in solidarity with Councilman Jumaane Williams.

Councilman Carlos Menchaca, Councilwoman Inez Barron, Councilman Andy King, Councilman Brad Lander, Councilman Ruben Wills and Councilman Rafael Espinal all sat at the City Council meeting.

The silent protest started with Councilman Williams last month, who said he has started receiving hate mail in the wake of his actions. Williams released a statement in wake of mail:

“First, I want to thank those who sent positive messages and emails of support. The over-the-top responses shows where we are in this country. There are some who complain about a peaceful protest, so it begs the question what are people really angered by – is it the act of protesting irrespective of what form it takes, or they simply believe there is nothing to protest about.  It seems to me that some have a problem with protesting in general whether it’s peaceful prayer, an act of civil disobedience, or in the form of engaging in destructive behavior. I am exercising my right as an American to speak out about something I believe in and the hateful responses underscores the need for it.”
“Lastly, the irony should not be lost on anyone that these are racist responses to a protest about continued racial inequality. I invite all New Yorkers of goodwill to join me at City Hall this Wednesday at noon to continue the discussion about a practice this is rooted in the best values of America.”

Councilman Brad Lander also defended his decision to sit in a social media post:

District 34 Participatory Budgeting assemblies this week


Want to help Councilman Antonio Reynoso spend $1 million, well now’s your chance. The next round of participatory budgeting is underway and the councilman is hosting two public sessions this week:

Tuesday, 9/27 at 6PM
P.S. 250
108 Montrose Ave.

Wed., 9/28 at 6PM
Hope Gardens Community Center
422 Central Ave.

Originally, there was supposed to be a session on Monday at Ridgewood’s Grover Cleveland High School, but it is being rescheduled for a later date.