Crowley announces participatory budgeting results

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced the winners of this year’s participatory budgeting in Council District 30. The top vote getters and the amount they received are:

 • Tech improvements for District 30 Schools ($480,000) 1,627 votes;

• Glendale library computer and furniture upgrades ($40,000) 1,155 votes;

• Exercise equipment for Juniper Valley Park ($300,000) 1,056 votes;

• Bathroom renovations for P.S. 71 ($190,000) 797 votes.

“I am thrilled by the feedback we received during Participatory Budgeting and the final projects the community decided on. Our schools, libraries and parks are the lifeblood of our communities and these improvements will benefit people of all ages,” Crowley said. “Thank you to everyone who voted, volunteered and helped see this process through until the very end. Together, we can build a stronger community.”

In total, over 2,000 people voted at one of the polling sites and 326 voted online.

Tenants group conducting survey on Ridgewood high rise

A rendering of the proposed project, from the developer, AB Capstone.

The Ridgewood Tenants Union wants to hear your thoughts on the proposed 17-story high rise for the corner St. Nicholas Avenue and Palmetto Street.

The building – which the group says could be completed this summer – is expected to have 29 luxury apartments, 350 parking spaces and the first five floors will have retail and commercial office space.

The survey, which can be found here, is completely confidential.

Ridgewood school to get elevator

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan with Paul Kerzner, President, Ridgewood Property Owners & Civic Association and Michael Mirisola of the NYC School Construction Authority.

The school construction authority will begin work this fall on installing an elevator at IS 93Q to make the building more accessible.

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan confirmed the project at a May 4 meeting of the Ridgewood Property Owner’s and Civic Association.

“I have long advocated for the installation of an elevator in the main building in I.S. 93Q and I would like to commend the School Construction Authority for responding to the needs of the Ridgewood Community,” Nolan said in a statement.


Pol, Big Apple Greeters tour Onderdonk House

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and the Big Apple Greeters toured the historic Vander Ende–Onderdonk House.

The organization, which provides free tour services to visitors at many of New York City’s landmarks, recently received $2,500 from this year’s budget thanks to Crowley, a longtime supporter of the group.

“The Big Apple Greeters give a true city experience from real New Yorkers. No map or brochure can tell you our history the way a New Yorker can,” Crowley said. “There is so much history right in our backyard, and especially at the Onderdonk House – the oldest house in all of Queens. I thank the greeters for being so dedicated to our community and spreading these stories.”

Nowadays to open for the season (and beyond!) next week


Outdoor watering hole Nowadays will open for the summer on Thursday, May 11, and with renovations on their indoor space coming soon, the bar will likely stay open beyond the warm weather.

The opening party at the space, located at 56-06 Cooper Ave., will feature the unveiling of a new menu  overseen by Henry Rich from Metta and Rucola in the food truck, as well as 24 different beers on tap.

Read more about the future of Nowadays and their indoor space.

Ridgewood community garden opens for the spring

The Ridgewood Community Garden, now located at Grover Cleveland High School – Metropolitan Avenue between Armory Court and Tonsor Street – is hosting a spring opening celebration this Sunday form 11 am.m to 2 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to be a part of the green space to learn, socialize and enjoy the outdoors. From the event’s Facebook page:

– See the subirrigated planter prepared by GCHS students. We’ll be filling the bed with soil and transplanting veggie seedlings!
– Prepare and sow patches of wildflowers and sunflowers.
– Hat and Plant sale fundraiser
– Banner hanging
– Assemble our new wheelbarrow
– Transplant border plants

Get involved, bring a friend, and come see the great progress made on transforming the space. We’ll have some tools and gloves on hand, but feel free to bring your own shovels, trowels, or gloves along… the more the merrier.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook or read about how the garden came to be in the Glendale Register. 

Ridgewood Tenants Union continues campaign against luxury tower

The Ridgewood Tenants Union is holding another organizing meeting to discuss the luxury tower coming to the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and Palmetto Street.

Plans for the site call for 129-units of housing with ground floor retail. The building would reach 17-stories if developers AB Capstone and Meir Babev follow through with proposed plans.

The tenant’s rights organization is meeting on Saturday, May 6 at 16-65 Norman Street. See the flier below for more information:

Onderdonk House will turn into Dutch wonderland this weekend

The historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk House at 1820 Flushing Ave., in Ridgewood will be transformed into a Dutch wonderland for the New Amsterdam Festival this weekend.

The outdoorcelebration of Dutch culture is open to all ages and will run Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s being help in conjunction with Bushwick event space House of Yes.

For more information, check out the event on Facebook.

Parks moves to preserve Ridgewood reservoir

The Parks Department has completed the process to reclassify the dam at the Ridgewood Reservoir, paving the way for the area’s preservation.

The reservoir was first built in 1858 and served the community for over a century, but since then has become a natural sanctuary for plants and animals.

“The Ridgewood Reservoir is home to a number of native flora and fauna, making it one of Queens’ most diverse natural areas,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski in a statement. “The reclassification of the dam is an important step forward to ensure the preservation of this treasured green space.”