Armed men rob Queens deli at gunpoint

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Two men robbed a Queens deli on the Ridgewood/Maspeth border at gunpoint last Sunday. A recently released surveillance video shows that the man’s mask slips off briefly as he hops the counter. The incident occurred at about 11:02 p.m., when the two male suspects entered Flushing Avenue Deli and Grocery, located at 63-22 Flushing Avenue and displayed firearms according to police.

One victim was allegedly robbed of a samsung cellphone and wallet containing $100 in cash while another in the store was robbed of an iPhone and a wallet containing about $300 in cash. $5,000 was removed from the store’s register as well as about 10 lottery tickets.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Warning: below video depicts men using firearms in a threatening manner. 

Ridgewood to honor Antoinette Maggio this weekend

Tennis courts at Grover Cleveland Athletic Field. (Photo courtesy NYC Parks Department)

Officials in Ridgewood will honor Antoinette Maggio this weekend with a street co-naming. Maggio was a longtime Ridgewood resident who was actively involved in a multitude of community organizations and is remembered as a champion of improving Grover Cleveland Athletic Field.

On Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., officials will gather at Suydam Street between Cypress Avenue and Grover Cleveland Athletic Field in Ridgewood to officially co-name a portion of the street after Maggio.

Maggio, throughout her life was active in a many organizations. Councilman Antonio Reynoso’s office, listed her numerous accomplishments in a release, prior to the event:

• Helped organized Citizens for a Better Ridgewood 1994.

• Member of Community Board 5 from 1999.

• President of the Suydam Block Association.

• Secretary of Onderdonk Civic Association.

• Helped bring attention & clear area of prostitution.

• Taught at St. Aloysuis School for 16 years.

• Advisory Board of Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center.

• Advisory Board-Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

• Federazione Italo-Americana.

• Won many Awards-Queens Heroine Award & Woman with Distinction.

• Helped to improved Grover Cleveland Athletic Field.

Motorcyclist killed on Cypress Hills Street


A 38-year-old motorcyclist was killed as a result of a fatal accident sometime around 6:30 p.m. last night. The accident took place on Cypress Hills Street near the Jackie Robinson Parkway. A preliminary investigation revealed, the male driver of the motorcycle struck a street sign and subsequently a utility pole. They believe speed was a factor in the accident.


Photos courtesy NYPD 104th Precinct on Twitter.

Ridgewood couple charged with having more than 1,000 files of child pornography

District 34 participatory budgeting begins next week

Ridgewood residents living in council district 30 have already begun their process of deciding how to spend $1 million and now residents in District 34 will join them. Next week, Councilman Antonio Reynoso will kick-off the process of participatory budgeting, giving residents a voice in how to divide up $1 million.

Last year, three projects were funded:

Environmental Upgrade to Playground at P.S.19/ Brooklyn Arbor School – $400,000

Community Technology Library and Media Center at PS196/MS 582 – $300,000

• Playground Renovation at Williamsburg Houses – $300,000

While all three projects were in Brooklyn last year – since Reynoso’s district encompasses a large portion of the borough – Ridgewood residents still get a say. Anyone over 14 is eligible to vote on the projects this year.

The preliminary stages, which Reynoso will announce next week, will decide which projects are ultimately voted on in the Spring to be funded for the fiscal year 2017 budget.

New art exhibit coming to Ridgewood gallery

At Outpost Gallery next month, a new exhibition titled Checkered History: The Grid in Art & Life will be unveiled. The group exhibition of 60 artists and over 100 objects celebrates the use of the grid as a structural component, a design element and as a game in the creation of artworks.

The opening reception for the gallery is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and will be open from Oct. 3-30 from Wednesday to Sunday, 1-7 p.m. or by appointment.

Outpost Gallery is located at 1665 Norman St., Ridgewood, Queens, NY 11385.

The show features the following artists exhibiting work:

Meg Atkinson
Larry Auerbach
John Avelluto
Stephen Beal
Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels
Michael Caputo
Paul Corio
Caroline Cox
Ryan DaWalt
Lori Ellison
Robert Otto Epstein
Nate Ethier
Ellen Hackl Fagan
Jean Foos
Matt Freedman
Rico Gatson
Lawrence Greenberg
Crystal Gregory
Lisa Hein
Christine Heindl
Dale Henry
Robert Hickman
Brece Honeycutt
Gilbert Hsiao
Robin Kang
Suzanne Kelser
Sabine Laidig
Lindsey Landfried
Eric A. Mack
Doris Marten
Ellie Murphy
Max Neuhaus
Fran O’Neill
Matthew Ostrowski
Rob de Oude
Alex Paik
Bruce Pearson
Ronald Pellegrino
Jerry Pinsler
Cathy Quinlan
Kathryn Refi
Peggy Reynolds
Erin M. Riley
Barbara Rosengarth
Andrew Ross
Etta Sandry
Bob Seng
Filipe de Sousa
Tim Spelios
Oriane Stender
Andrew Sutherland
Laurie Szujewska
Gail Vachon
Siebren Versteeg
David Weinstein
Jeremy Wood
Dustin Yellin
John Zorn

Ridgewood Market this weekend

One of the Ridgewood Markets, earlier this year.

The popular Ridgewood Market, sponsored by Ridgewood Social, is returning to Gottscheer Hall this weekend.

The monthly market gives local vendors a chance to show off their homemade wares – whether it be jewelry, art, artisanal soap or cupcakes – in an organized setting.

In addition to shopping there’s delicious food, brunch and plenty of other treats.

Where: Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave. Ridgewood, NY 11385

When: Sunday, September 13th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check out Ridgewood Social for more information.


Troma movie fest at Bierleichen this Sunday

Comes celebrate the cult horror movie studio Troma at Bierliechen this Sunday, starting at 4 p.m. The bar, located at 582 Seneca Ave., will be showing Troma’s latest, Extreme Jukebox, an Italian Rock n Roll horror flick as well as a reading from Pests, a sci-fi novel.

Throughout the afternoon, local craft brewery Finback will be on hand with their very first can: Oscillation IPA. Ridgewood Social is partnering with the crew at Bierleichen to curate a small artists market with horror and gore items. Also, The Shook Ones will be providing live music as the sun goes down.

Here’s a full schedule of events:

4 p.m. – Food specials begin
5 p.m. – The Killer Jukebox screening
6:30 p.m. – Pests reading
7 p.m. – The Shook Ones
8:30 p.m. – Surprise guest!