Police close Hair Salon/Driving School/Club by court order

Publicly marketed as a hair salon and occupied by a driving school table during the day, the business, located on Seneca Avenue between Palmetto Avenue and Gates Avenue, turned into a party hall at night. It’s now been closed by court order, according to the NYPD 104th precinct on Twitter.

The location is just the latest to be closed by court order in a one block radius. Sabor Y Rumba, a block away, has been closed twice in the last year – and is not currently serving alcohol – while two more bars in the area were closed a while back and are yet to reopen.

Chopin Chemists on Fresh Pond Rd. Accused of Selling Illegal Oxycodone Pills

Chopin Chemists, at 66-19 Fresh Pond Road., has been accused of illegally selling oxycodone out of their Ridgewood Pharmacy, as well as article-oxy-2-1029other Greenpoint location.

As part of a multi-million dollar drug scheme, the pharmacist, Lilian Wieckowski,  and her husband, Marcin Jakacki, allegedly conspired to sell the drugs out of the two pharmacies “any way they could,” according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Bharara said they also discovered that many of the drugs were being sold to the same man —  Robert Cybulski, who would often get 500 30-milligram pills at a time,” reports NBC New York.

On Thursday, the pharmacy in Ridgewood, Queens, had a sign taped to the window saying “We can only fill non-controlled prescription medications.”

Credit: Todd Maisel / NY Daily News

A blast from the past

Cred: Jonathan Ragus‎

Pictured right is the “Planters Peanuts ad” from 1985 via Seneca Ave platform in Ridgewood. This ad was painted on this building for the movie “Brighton Beach Memoirs”.

The “A . LUX CUTLERY ad” on the top right of the building was there since the 1940’s.

You can find more gems like this on this Community Facebook Page.




Ridgewood man charged with animal cruelty

Brewster photo courtesy Adopt Boxer Rescue

A Ridgewood man who brought a starving boxer to a local animal shelter has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities were able to determine that he was the dogs owner and had not been able to properly feed or care for the dog, the Queens County District Attorney announced.

Anthony Esteves, 25, of Ridgewood, reportedly told shelter workers at Animal Care and Control in Rego Park, that he found the dog laying in the park, but it was eventually determined that he was lying, after police received an inquiry about the dog from the New York Daily News. After the newspaper reached out, police opened an investigation.

“It is alleged that the emaciated animal was severely malnourished and did not have the energy to walk when the defendant brought the animal to the shelter,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “The defendant is accused of showing a complete disregard for the well being of this helpless animal when he failed to provide the basic necessities required to maintain the animal’s health. I commend the Daily News for bringing the matter to the attention of authorities.”

When the dog was brought in, it weighted 25 pounds and it appeared emaciated and skeletal. Based on it’s bone structure and height, the dog should have weighted approximately 60-65 pounds, according to the District Attorney’s office. Furthermore, according to ACC records, the dog did not have enough energy to walk and after the dog left there were blood stains in the kennel.

Esteves faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, first-degree falsifying business records and two counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide sustenance. He faces up to four years in prison, if convicted.

The dog, named Brewster, is up for adoption through Adopt Boxer Rescue 

Police seize counterfeit designer goods in Ridgewood raid

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District Attorney Richard Brown with the approximately $1 million in counterfeit goods recovered from a Ridgewood storage locker.

Police broke up a million dollar counterfeiting ring in Ridgewood Queens this week which resulted in the arrests of three individuals. According to District Attorney Richard Brown, the three individuals are charged with counterfeiting trademark goods and hiding them in Ridgewood storage units.

“One may argue that buying fake designer goods is a victimless crime, but counterfeit operations like this one fuel an underground economy that benefits only the alleged criminals,” said Brown in a release. “Their transactions are cash-only and therefore rob both City and State municipalities of much-needed tax revenue. These products – inferior in material and quality – also damage the reputation and brand of the designers they copy.”

A search warrant was executed last week at Cubesmart Self Storage and it was there that all three defendents – Hai Yan “Ya-Ya” Yang, 40, of  Bayside, Queens, Guo X. Zheng, 55, of Brooklyn and Jaing J. Nan, 42, of College Point – were apprehended. Police recovered over 100 boxes worth about $1 million in designer goods.

Products included: boots, purses, jackets, sneakers and umbrellas. Designer items were from: Louis Vuitton, Coach, Gucci, Michael Kors, North Face, UGG, Nike Prada, Burberry, Ferragamo, Hermes and Tory Burch.

According to the district attorney’s office, they are charged with first-degree trademark counterfeiting. If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison.

Seneca Stroll this Saturday

unnamed (1)The Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District is hosting the second annual Seneca Avenue Stroll on Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Seneca Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Catalpa Avenue.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the even with craft brews provided by Finback Brewery, Queens Brewery and Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, hosted inside Nepalese Indian Restaurant.

Food will be provided by Ridgewood Eats, Rudy’s Bakery, Nepalese Indian Restaurant and Zum Stammtisch.

In addition to food, there will be music, entertainment and the Queens Library Bookmobile.

Sen. Addabbo to host mobile office hours in Ridgewood

As part of an ongoing effort to reach out to the community, State Senator Joe Addabbo will be at Ridgewood Library, 20-12 Madison Street, for office hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 29.

“As an elected official, making sure I interact with the people I represent is one of my top priorities,” said Addabbo in a release. “I have always urged my constituents to contact me if I can help them in any way, but it is not always easy for some people to do that during normal business hours. These extended office hours, held at night in various neighborhoods throughout my district, are an excellent way to make sure I am not only reaching as many residents as possible, but also making it more convenient by coming to them. I look forward to another successful round of mobile office hours over the next few months and, as always, encourage those who need assistance to take advantage of these library visits.”


Ridgewood bicyclist killed in Maspeth by allegedly impaired driver

AccidentA 34-year-old Ridgewood woman was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer driver who was allegedly under the influence of drugs according to police, early Wednesday morning. The fatal accident took place near the intersection of 56th Road and 48th Street at around 8:45 p.m.

On Thursday, the woman was identified as 34-year-old Anna Rodriguez who lived in an apartment on Ridgewood’s Seneca Avenue.

Police initially received a call that a woman was struck while riding her bicycle. When they responded to the scene, she was observed to be lying in the roadway with trauma to her head and body. She taken from the scene by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A subsequent investigation revealed that the tractor trailer, being operated by 57-year-old Dennis Forceri of Miller Place, New York, struck the cyclist as he turned onto 48th Street.

As a result of the accident, the driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter, negligent homicide, driving while ability impaired: drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation, motor vehicle fail to yield to a bicycle, a motor vehicle violation and failure to exercise due care.

The drug the driver tested positive for, was reportedly cocaine. 

Public Advocate Letitia James spoke out, following the incident a recent number of bicyclist fatalities:

“Yesterday, a cyclist was struck and killed by a tractor trailer in Maspeth, Queens, the latest traffic fatality in what has been a particularly tragic week and a half on our City’s streets,” James said. “Over the past eleven days, five pedestrians and one cyclist were killed by motor vehicles in New York City. We must continue to work together to achieve Vision Zero, which requires good street design, education, and enforcement. Too many innocent New Yorkers are dying on our City’s streets and sidewalks, and we have a moral and civil responsibility to use every tool in our arsenal to make our City safer.”

Police bust three trying to strip parts from motorcycle

CQ1Ei8QUcAABe0oThree men were arrested and accused of stripping a motorcycle in Ridgewood yesterday. According to the NYPD 104th Precinct on Twitter, the three men were arrested after police observed them stripping a stolen motorcycle of its parts at 1016 Cypress Avenue.

Tools were recovered at the scene and police believe the motorcycle was stolen from the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn.

Photo courtesy NYPD 104th Precinct on Twitter.