Myrtle Avenue sidewalk sale this weekend

The Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District is hosting a sidewalk sale in Ridgewood from July 30 to Aug. 2. Every store will have special savings.

The participating businesses are on Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Wyckoff Avenue. Merchants will be displaying wares on the sidewalk directly in front of the store.

Eateries will be serving up a multitude of treats include: iced coffee, tea, ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices gelato and more.

(Photo courtesy Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District)


New web series shoots pilot in Ridgewood

Photo courtesy Ridgewood Social

Ridgewood resident Corinne Robkin uses her home neighborhood as the backdrop for the pilot episode of her new webseries. Our friends over at Ridgewood Social have the full story.

I’m a Ridgewood resident and I recently debuted the pilot episode for my comedic web series. The series is called Twisted Business and it’s about a lady in her 30’s who finds a job as a birthday clown. Actually it sort of finds her.

The pilot was shot mostly in Ridgewood around the Fresh Pond Rd area in many familiar, identifiable locations.

I thought I’d share the link with you in hopes that you might watch it and if you like it share it? Let me know what you think!

Here’s the link:

Thanks so much for you time!

Corinne Robkin

Petition started to save Ridgewood community garden

Ridgewood resident Clark Fitzgerald is spearheading efforts to open a community garden in his neighborhood.

The Ridgewood group trying to create a community garden in an underutilized MTA space at 760 Woodward Avenue has created a petition to the MTA to reach an agreement with the Ridgewood Community Garden to allow access to the lot and ensure its local stewardship through a garden license agreement.

The petition can be found here.

“The garden provides many benefits for our community as an educational & social resource, and especially as much-needed green space in the neighborhood,” the petition reads.

For more information about the community garden and Clark Fitzgerald, the man responsible for starting it, check out this story in Glendale Register:

Cyclist impaled on fence in Ridgewood

Woodward Avenue closed in the immediate aftermath of the accident on Sunday.
Woodward Avenue closed in the immediate aftermath of the accident on Sunday.

A cyclist allegedly accidentally impaled himself on a fence just moments after crashing and hitting his head on Woodward Avenue earlier in the day.

According to various media reports, the 41-year-old man was traveling in the bike lane when he hit a pothole and proceeded to crash. He hit his head as a result of the crash, then subsequently fell on the sidewalk and impaled his neck.

Paramedics were able to transport him to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. There are no current updates immediately available on the condition of the victim.


Robbery pattern occurring in Ridgewood

800px-Patch_of_the_New_York_City_Police_DepartmentIf you’ve been walking in the area of the Seneca Avenue M Train stop, you’ve probably noticed bulletins from the police stabled to telephone polls. Police from the 104th Precinct are warning residents that robberies are occurring in the area, with criminals targeting people who are distracted and stealing their cellphone.

They offer the following tips:

  • Be aware and alert when walking and talking on your cellphone.
  • Keep your cellphone out of sight when not in use.
  • Utilize a headset.
  • Register phones with the NYPD free operation ID program.
  • Immediately dial 9-1-1 and report all suspicious persons and activity to the police.

Ridgewood residents given more time to comment on waste transport

Fresh Pond Rail Yard
Fresh Pond Rail Yard

Elected officials representing Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood secured more time for residents to sound off about plans to increase the amount of waste that rail cars transport through their communities.

DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens agreed to grant a 30-day extension after U.S. Reps. Grace Meng and Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblymen Andrew Hevesi and Michael Miller, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz wrote a letter requesting they do so.

The public can now submit comments through August 9. The previous deadline was July 10. The comment period began on June 22.

For the One World Recycling permit, the public can submit written comments by email to or by regular mail to: Mark Carrara, NYSDEC, SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409.

For the Costal Distribution permit, the public can submit written comments by email to or by regular mail to: NYSDEC, Susan Ackerman, SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409

The DEC will use the public comments as a factor in deciding whether or not to issue the permits.

The New York and Atlantic Railway transports debris on freight rail cars through the Fresh Pond Rail Yard, the tracks for which run along residential communities in Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood.

Community groups originally raised concern earlier this month about uncovered debris being carried by rail cars:–locals-call-for-debris-to-be-covered?

Police bust Ridgewood man with fireworks

104-precinctThe 104th precinct is reminding residents of New York City that fireworks are illegal and dangerous. A Ridgewood man found out the hard way, just before Independence Day.

On Thursday, July 2, 2015 at approximately 7:00 p.m. in front of 158 Woodward Avenue Wilfredo Maisonave, 32, of Ridgewood, was charged with unlawful possession of fireworks.

The 104th Precinct will have extra Patrols out all day and night to deal with illegal fireworks. If you get caught you can be subject to arrest. The New York City Police Department wants everyone to have a happy and safe Fourth of July, but also wants you to know that fireworks are illegal in New York City. If you see anyone using fireworks please call 911 immediately.

For information on where to legally see fireworks, click here.

Ridgewood streets once again the set of Gotham

Ridgewood streets once again the set of Gotham

One of the classic cars used to transform Ridgewood into Gotham.
One of the classic cars used to transform Ridgewood into Gotham.

Fox’s Gotham descended onto the streets of Ridgewood this week. All afternoon yesterday, streets were blocked off from pedestrians and parking, although there were some cool classic cars lining the streets on Seneca Avenue and Palmetto Street under the el.

It’s not the first time the show – set in the fictional city of Gotham and following Jim Gordon in the Batman universe – used Ridgewood as the backdrop for Gotham.

Back in February, the show was filmed in the same location.