Weird Loners viewing party in Ridgewood

Weird LonersRidgewood residents are about to see what Hollywood executives really think of them. Well at least the classic Hollywood caricature of a hipster trope, which is not typically a personification of anyone.

Fox presents: Weird Loners, a television sit-com about four singles living in a Queens townhouse – in a neighborhood that’s supposed to be Ridgewood.

Since the show has not premiered yet, it’s too early to tell what the producers know about Ridgewood and if any of the neighborhoods actual charm will be present, but it is being produced by Queens-native Michael J. Weithorn, a co-producer on King of Queens.

In solidarity, Ridgewood residents are going to get together at Queens Tavern to watch the premire.

Where: Queens Tavern, 6869 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, New York.

When: March 31 at 9:30 p.m.

What: A Weird Loners viewing party, hosted by Sarah from Ridgewood Social.

Councilman Antonio Reynoso arrested at protest

Councilman Antonio Reynoso and others protest closing of daycare and senior center.
Councilman Antonio Reynoso and others protest closing of daycare and senior center.

New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso was arrested at a protest in Williamsurg yesterday for failing to comply with police orders. Reyenoso and other protestors, including Democratic District Leader Nick Rizzo staged a sit-down protest that obstructed the flow of traffic.

Community members and leaders joined together outside 211 Ainslie Street, the site of Small World Daycare and Swinging Sixties senior group to protest the center’s imminent closure.

Protestors called on New York city mayor Bill DeBlasio and city lawyers to use eminent domain to take the property in exchange for the market value. The landlords are asking for more however, as state and city lawmakers have already pledged the funding.

Reynoso represents District 34, which covers parts of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood.

Reynoso was one of several arrested at the demonstration.
Reynoso was one of several arrested at the demonstration.



Complaints close two Ridgewood bars

Seneca Avenue will get a little quieter thanks to recent police action that will shutter the doors of two restaurants-turned-night-bars.

The two spots: Sabor and Rumba, located at 666 Seneca Ave., and Blue Restaurant and Bar at 681 Seneca Ave., greeted prospective customers with a cold metal gate instead of food and drink last week.

In 2014, Sabor and Rumba was served a summons for serving alcohol to an underage person.

The corner that the bars sit adjacent to, happens to be the location where a recent throat slashing took place. Police are still searching for leads in relation to the attack.

More information will be available on how long the establishments will be closed for and any related action, as it becomes available.

Man fatally shot in Ridgewood

IMG_9229Ridgewood had it first homicide in nearly a year on Saturday, when a man was fatally shot in front of Arena Pool Hall on St. Nicholas Avenue.

The victim was a 21-year-old Hispanic man, who was shot in the left pelvic area by an a suspect described as an unknown man wearing dark clothing and a dark jacket with the letters USA on the back.

The perpetrator fled from the scene westbound on Palmetto Street on foot and is stll currently at large.

The victim was taken to Wyckoff Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

It’s been nearly a year since a Ridgewood couple was found shot to death in their homes on March 27, 2014, the last reported homicide in Ridgewood.

Anyone with information related to the incident is urged to call the 104th precinct at (718) 386-3004 or CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS.

Police searching for violent fugitive in throat slashing

A Ridgewood man was slashed in the throat near the intersection of Gates Avenue and Seneca Avenue in the morning hours of Wednesday, March 12. Police are seeking any information related to the crime that may lead to the arrest of the suspect.

Seneca and Gates, the intersection where the throat slashing occurred.
Seneca and Gates, the intersection where the throat slashing occurred.

According to police, the suspect said “I’m going to kill you white boy,” before committing the act at around 2:20 a.m. It’s not clear if race was a motivating factor in the attack.

Police are offering a $2,000 reward to anyone that provides information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD tips line at 1-800-577-TIPS or by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Gothamist obtained security footage of the moments leading up to the attack.

CB5 votes in favor of B26, Q58 rerouting

After two deadly accidents near Myrtle and Wyckoff, Community Board five  voted in favor of a proposal by the New York City Mass Transit Authority to reroute two busses along shorter routes.
The proposal would affect both the B26 and Q58 bus lines, cutting the number of streets on both routes. Both Nicholas Ave. and Gates Ave would be cut from the B26 route and busses would only travel along Wyckoff, Putnam, Ridgewood and Palmetto.
Wyckoff would be cut would be cut from the Q58 route and along the new route busses would travel from Putnam, to Ridgewood place, then to Palmetto and stopping near Myrtle.

Reminder: Ridgewood Market is today!

The monthly Ridgewood Market is today, for those in the area looking for something free and fun and to do inside in the waning weeks of Winter.

Who: Over 40 independent craft and local artisan vendors.

What: A local artisan and craft market, featuring food, gifts, brunch, music and entertainment.

Where: Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave., Ridgewood, New York.

Why: Because it’s fun!

When: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free.

For more information, visit Ridgewood Market or Ridgewood Social.

Man arrested for 6 robberies at banks in Ridgewood & Middle Village

Man arrested for 6 robberies at banks in Ridgewood & Middle Village

A Brooklyn native has been charged with six bank robberies in Queens since November, a local newspaper reported.

Reuben McLaughlin, 24, robbed the same three banks twice — and made off with more than $20,000 during the heist expedition that ended Tuesday after he robbed a Capital One branch on Forest Ave. in Ridgewood.

Officers from the 104th Precinct on the search for the thief responsible for hitting banks in Queens spotted McLaughlin and recognized him from NYPD wanted posters.

McLaughlin confessed to robbing four Capital One banks and two Astoria Banks, FBI special agent Bradford Price stated in a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court, a local newspaper reported.



Banks robbed by McLaughlin:

— Nov. 24, Capital One, 74-11 Metropolitan Ave., $750

— Dec. 9, Capital One, 70-01 Forest Ave., $2,617

— Dec. 30, Astoria Bank, 75-25 Metropolitan Ave., $7,400.

— Feb. 4, Astoria Bank 75-25 Metropolitan Ave., $8,300.

— Feb. 14, Capital One, 74-11 Metropolitan Ave., $1,144

— March 3, Capital One 70-01 Forest Ave., $1,070



Possible scam artist spotted

A Ridgewood resident took to Facebook this afternoon to warn fellow residents about a possible door-to-door scam artist.

At about 4 p.m., the resident reported a man came to her front door with a small clipboard that said Con Edison and no uniform on, just plain clothes. The man allegedly asked to inspect the woman’s home in the interest of lowering her usage. The man said it was a mandatory inspection.

The woman fortunately did not let the alleged “inspector,” into to her and instead called Con Ed. From there, she was referred to police, because the Con Ed employee told her that they are not sending inspectors to people’s homes.


Cab stolen, driver assaulted in Ridgewood



The New York Daily News is reporting that a cab driver was assaulted by a passenger near the Myrtle-Wyckoff subway station on Sunday.

According to the report, the cabbie was attacked by a violent passenger who reportedly demanded the cabbie give him money. After a struggle, the suspect got away with the cab, $1,560 in cash, three phones and the driver’s debit card.

The victim is a 33-year-old Queens man, according to the report.