Back to School Sale on Myrtle Avenue

FullSizeRender-2Ridgewood parents looking to do some last minute back-to-school shopping have to look no further than Myrtle Avenue this weekend. Starting on Friday, Sept. 4 and running through Monday, Sept. 7, businesses on the commercial strip will be setting up a sidewalk sale.

Over 300 stores will be participating in the sale, offering clothing, school uniforms, supplies and backpacks to prepare your child for their first day at school.

Ridgewood’s District 30 participatory budget meetings set

Councilman Antonio Reynoso helped residents allocate money through the participatory budget process last year. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley will join him this year in doing the same for the rest of the community.

As part of the District 30 participatory budget process, Ridgewood residents represented by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley will have a say in how their city representitive will allocate $1 million. There are nine meetings scheduled in total, including two in Ridgewood:

• Sept. 12, 2:30 p.m. at Ridgewood Library, 2012 Madison St.

• Sept. 19 1 p.m., at the Ridgewood YMCA, 69-02 64th St.

To read more about the participatory budget process and what it means for the district, visit: Glendale Register.

The southern parts of the neighborhood, represented by Antonio participated in the process last year and voted for a multitude of projects. Read more about it here.

Major narcotics bust in Ridgewood convenience store

Police recovered narcotics and paraphernalia after executing a search warrant at a convenience store on Woodbine Street, according to the NYPD.

In total, 18 large plastic bags of various cutting agents and alleged narcotics were recovered. Also seized were two blenders, four scales, and 68 stamp presses. Police arrested two individuals at the store, both of whom were charged with criminal possession of a controlled dangerous substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

17-story building may be coming to Ridgewood

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The Real Deal is reporting that a 17-story, mixed-use building may be coming to 3-50 St. Nicholas Avenue.

According to plans filed to the city, obtained by the real estate blog, AB Capstone is planning to construct a 180,000-square-foot-mixed-use building with around 90,000 square feet of commercial space on the first five floors and the entire ground floor (about 30,000 square feet) will be dedicated to retail space.

Office space makes up the rest of the first five floors and the subsequent floors after that (12, according to the filing), will house 130 rentals units.

No renderings of the proposed structure are available at press time.


Hear the Declaration of Independence read the 18th Century way

Photo and logo courtesy Greater Ridgewood Historical Society
Photo and logo courtesy Greater Ridgewood Historical Society

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society is hosting a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence this weekend at the The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

The educational performance will also teach attendees about the role that the historical text played in the Battle of Brooklyn.

Tickets to the event are a $5 suggested donation and it’s free for Greater Ridgewood Historical Society Members.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29 1-5 p.m.

Community alert: help police identify a vehicle

800px-Patch_of_the_New_York_City_Police_DepartmentPolice are looking for a gold minivan with chrome rims, red centers, missing left rear door molding strip and damaged front fender in connection with an attempted crime in the Ridgewood area.

Fliers hung up around the area of Seneca and Gates Avenues indicate that the vehicle in question is charged  with attempting to illegally remove a motor cycle from a local street at about 7 a.m. on Aug 12.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle is encouraged to call Detective Lundy of the 104th Precinct at (718) 386-2792.

Organizers of shuttered community garden seek new space

Since the MTA locked the gates on a community garden in Ridgewood last week,  organizers are now looking at alternative options. They took the plea to Facebook this week, to ask the community.

“Hey Ridgewood! We are searching for a new home. Send pictures of the empty lot, backyard, or rooftop in your life that could support a community garden and resilience lab! Imagine a place to meet, experiment, plan and grow together, as a neighborhood whose future is far from certain. All we need is the space to do it!”

Posted by Ridgewood Community Garden on Monday, August 10, 2015