Today! Councilwoman Crowley is giving out free smoke detectors

12418893_10153902025184931_1391239958511208400_oCouncilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and the FDNY are partnering to give out free smoke detectors to residents. The initiative is part of #GetAlarmedNYC, which is the largest smoke alarm giveaway and installation program in the country.

Stop by the Peter Cardella Seniors Center, 6852 Fresh Pond Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, to receive your free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and get fire safety literature.

Electronics recycling event this weekend


The folks behind fixing Ridgewood’s Rosemary’s Playground are hosting an electronics recycling event at the playground this weekend.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., bring working and non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD Players, Phones, Audio/Visual, Cell Phones and PDA’s.

Rosemary’s Playground is located on Fairview Avenue, between Woodbine and Madison Streets in Ridgewood. For more information about the event, visit: 

Ridgewood Night Market is looking for vendors


Local artisans looking to show off their wares should look no further than the Ridgewood Market, which returns to Gottscheer Hall on March 5. Here’s a message from the event’s sponsor, Ridgewood social:

Ridgewood Market is BACK and they are accepting vendors. They are having their first market of the year on Saturday, March 5th 2016. They are calling it a “Cosmic Night Bazaar” and it starts from 5 to 11PM.  The bazaar will have over 40 independent and local artisan vendors with new vendors at every market event. Vendors will sell local, artisan, and vintage gifts. There is even food and pastries. The market is inside Gottscheer Hall and the bar serves beer, German food, and alcohol. They even have a DJ that play tunes everyone loves.

If interested in vending, please reply to their email, with:
– Your name
– Your business name
– What you are selling
– If you have joined us before (optional)
– What was the last market you vended at with us? (optional)
– Your business url (optional)
– Photos of your products (optional)
– Your price ranges (optional)
– Details if interested in sharing space with a friend(s). (optional)

The night market is from 5-11 p.m. at Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave. As always, entry is free.

Video released of knife-point Ridgewood robber

CZMU1UvUkAExh7fPolice are seeking the public’s help in bringing a man to justice that allegedly robbed a woman in Ridgewood at knifepoint.

According to police, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at around 5 p.m., the suspect followed the victim to her door on Centre Street. When the victim opened her door, the suspect came up behind her, put a knife to her throat and demanded money. The victim gave the suspect an undetermined amount of money that was on her person and then was escorted into her room here she removed more money from a drawer and gave it to the suspect.

After securing the money, the suspect fled the scene. There were no injuries to report. See video of the suspect below.

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



Police looking for armed robbery suspect

186-16 104 Pct Robbery 12-31-15 PHOTO 3Police are looking for a man they say robbed a Ridewood car dealership on New Years Eve.

According to police, at about noon on Dec. 31, a man walked into JS Motors car dealership at 79-04 Cypress Avenue, displayed a black and silver handgun and removed an employees wallet – with $100 cash – and two sets of car keys. The suspect subsequently fled the scene.

The individual is described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 5’10”- 6’0″, 160-190 pounds, who was last seen wearing a red hooded sweater, dark colored pants, black baseball cap, glasses, black and red sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Million dollar Powerball ticket sold in Ridgewood

File:Powerball.jpgFor the second time in a week, a Ridgewood store made someone a millionaire – well before taxes at least.

According to NBC News, which compiled a list of tri-state area establishments that sold second-place-prize winning tickets, Good Lucky Charm Gift Shop, Inc. at 6050 Myrtle Ave., in Ridgewood sold one of the winners.

To win the $1 million second-place-prize, someone has to match all five numbers but not the Powerball. There were three jackpot winners on the record setting $1.4 billion draw which took place on Wednesday night.

Last Saturday, a $1 million Powerball ticket was sold at Chef Hong on Metropolitan Avenue in Ridgewood.

Elderly woman mugged in Ridgewood


An unknown assailant punched an elderly woman in the chest in Ridgewood and ran off with her purse according to police.

The incident took place last Saturday at around 9:45 p.m., when the man, identified as a 30 to 35-year-old black male, approximately 5-foot-8-inches weighing between 140-150 pounds approached the victim. The suspect then proceeded to punch the 70-year-old victim in the chest and remove the purse from her shoulder.

80s dance party at Gottscheer Hall tonight

Break out the Flashdance gear and Madonna jewelry you’ve secretly stored in your closet for the past three decades and head on down to Gottscheer Hall in Ridgewood for a free night of dancing. The 1980s themed party features a full night of cold beer, drinks, great food and lots of dancing.

The event starts at 9 p.m. at Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave. All night long, DJ Tee Tunez will be spinning 80s nostalgia picks and taking requests.

80s dance party is sponsored by Ridgewood Social and Gottscheer Hall.

Explore historic photos of Queens neighborhoods

The New York Public Library released their entire digital archive to the public domain this week, which includes thousands of stunning historic photos that are easily searchable. Just click here and start searching! 

And check out some historic photos of Ridgewood below:

Ridgewood Savings Bank by Wurts Brothers



Onderdonk House, Roslyn, now Washington Tavern. By Manley C. DeBevoise