Reminder: DOT pedestrian plaza event tomorrow

The New York City Department of Transportation’s test closure of of Wyckoff Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Palmetto Street to vehicular traffic will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Last month, the DOT met with residents from Queens CB5 and Brooklyn CB4 to discuss the plaza, which is aimed at dealing with the confusing and often dangerous Myrtle/Palmetto/Wyckoff triangle to reduce the hazard to pedestrians, as part of the de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero plan.

Representatives from the DOT will be on hand to speak with residents and answer any questions they might have concerning the proposal, which will be reviewed by the community boards sometime this spring.

See more info on the plaza below:

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Ridgewood community garden hosts first spring meeting

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The folks behind the Ridgewood Community Garden that was shuttered by the MTA last year are hosting their first meeting of the spring to discuss plans for a new garden.

The meeting is scheduled for this Saturday at 1 p.m. at 1882 Woodbine Street. The group posted information about the meeting on Facebook:

All are invited to our first meeting of the season. Now that it’s finally warm, we’d like to talk with our neighbors about moving forward with the Ridgewood community garden project. We will discuss available lots and timelines, how to share our skills and resources, and come up with a plan together for what we can do to learn more about gardening, agriculture, and green space in New York City.

Reynoso reveals District 34 PB winners

Nearly 6,000 residents voted in District 34’s participatory budgeting this year. On Tuesday, Councilman Antonio Reynoso announced the winners of this year’s vote.

“We’ve counted all the ballots, and awarded over $1 million to some great projects,” Reynoso said via email on Tuesday,

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• A playground upgrade at Williamsburg Houses, 176 Maujer Street, $350,000. The upgrade includes new benches, play equipment and a sprinkler system.

• 21st century technology upgrade at PS 120 and PS 132, 18 Beaver Street/320 Manhattan Avenue, $285,000. The schools will receive new smart boards, laptops, smart tables, a 3-D Printer, a green wall, and solar and weather panels.

• Technology upgrades at PS 239 and PS 18, 15-17 Weirfield Street/101 Maujer Street, $400,000. Both schools will receive two new laptop carts, two smart tables, a 3-D printers, six smart boards, and forty-two desktops.

• Air conditioning at PS 257, 60 Cook Street, $250,000. The new air conditioning unit in the gym will be used throughout the school year and for summer programming.

• Passenger boards at bus stops in either Ridgewood, Bushwick or Williamsburg, $60,000. The department of transportation will determine which three bus stops will get countdown clocks at a later date.

Additional funding this year was provided by Borough President Eric Adams, who contributed$100,000 to fund the projects.

DOT reschedules pedestrian plaza event

The New York City Department of Transportation has rescheduled the one-day pedestrian plaza event that will close a portion of Wyckoff Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Palmetto street to vehicular traffic. The closure will now take place on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Last month, the DOT met with residents from Queens CB5 and Brooklyn CB4 to discuss the plaza, which is aimed at dealing with the confusing and often dangerous Myrtle/Palmetto/Wyckoff triangle to reduce the hazard to pedestrians, as part of the de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero plan.

Representatives from the DOT will be on hand to speak with residents and answer any questions they might have concerning the proposal, which will be reviewed by the community boards sometime this spring.

See more info on the plaza below:

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Police close Ridgewood spa by court order

The NYPD 104th Precinct continued their hardline enforcement of illegal spas in the Ridgewood, Glendale and Maspeth area this weekend with the closure of Body Work and Foot Spa, located at 66-05 Fresh Pond Road.

Police announced the closure on twitter:

A search of the address brings up a massage listing on the website Backpage.com, which is commonly used for escort services and illegal massage parlors.

Myrtle Avenue street fair this weekend

The Ridgewood Local Development corporation is hosting their annual spring street festival this Saturday, April 17.

This year’s event features over 200 merchandise and vendors, international food and entertainment as well as vintage buses that fairgoers can tour.

Starting at noon and running until 6 p.m., on Myrtle Avenue between Wyckoff Avenue and Forest Avenue, the fair highlights the Myrtle Avenue Business District. See the flier below for more information:

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Reminder: Portion of Wyckoff Ave closed for pedestrian plaza tomorrow

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will test out a pedestrian plaza that would close Wyckoff Avenue between Gates Avenue and Myrtle Avenue to vehicular traffic this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Last week, the DOT met with residents from Queens CB5 and Brooklyn CB4 to discuss the plaza, which is aimed at dealing with the confusing and often dangerous Myrtle/Palmetto/Wyckoff triangle to reduce the hazard to pedestrians, as part of the de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero plan.

Representatives from the DOT will be on hand to speak with residents and answer any questions they might have concerning the proposal, which will be reviewed by the community boards sometime this spring.

For more info on the plaza, check out the Facebook event. 

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Armed man represented himself as cop, complaint says

 

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Photo of contraband courtesy NYPD 104th on Twitter.

A Bushwick man faces weapons charges after he was pulled over while using lights that made him seem like a police officer on April 2. During a the motor vehicle stop in Ridgewood, police recovered an imitation pistol, a gravity knife, metal baton, metal knuckles, handcuffs, hollow point bullets and a stun gun.

According to the complaint, 56-year-old Anthony White was observed failing to signal before making a left hand turn, while driving a gray, 2002 Mercury Mountaineer with active and authorized flashing lights.

When the officer from the NYPD 104th Precinct Approached the vehicle, he observed that White has a police scanner in plain view in the center console of the vehicle.

White was unable to produce a valid driver’s license at the scene and a subsequent search yielded an imitation pistol, which resembled a black 9MM semi-automatic pistol without a stopper affixed to the side of his pants in a holster. Further search yielded the gravity knife, metal baton, metal knuckles, handcuffs, two magazines containing 10 hollow point bullets and a stun gun.

He was placed under arrest at the scene and arraigned on April 3. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court on June 22.

White faces charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, possession of an imitation pistol, unauthorized possession of pistol and/or a revolver/ammunition, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, equipping autos with radio receiving sets without a permit, unauthorized possession of handcuffs, unauthorized lights and driving by an unlicensed driver.

Police looking for suspected Ridgewood muggers

The NYPD 104th Precinct is looking for four individuals wanted in connection with an alleged mugging that took place last week in Ridgewood.

According to police, on March 31, just before 10 p.m., in the vicinity of Putnam and Seneca Avenue, the four suspects are accused of punching and kicking a 52-year-old man in the face and head before going through his pockets and stealing from him.

The suspects are described by police as:

• Male, Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old, 5’8″, with a tattoo on his right forearm; last seen wearing a light colored hooded jacket, light colored pants and a light colored t-shirt.

• Female, Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old, 5’5″, with a tattoo on her left forearm; last seen wearing dark colored dress and a white jacket.

• Male, Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old, last seen wearing a black and blue baseball cap, a black hooded sweater, beige pants and dark colored sneakers.

• Female, Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old, with long blond hair; last seen wearing a black knit cap, a black jacket, a black t-shirt, black sweatpants and black and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  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. All calls are strictly confidential.

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DOT to test Wyckoff Avenue pedestrian plaza

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After meeting with the community for feedback on Tuesday night, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will test out a pedestrian plaza that would close Wyckoff Avenue between Gates Avenue and Myrtle Avenue to vehicular traffic.

The proposals are aimed at dealing with the confusing and often dangerous Myrtle/Palmetto/Wyckoff triangle to reduce the hazard to pedestrians, as part of the de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero plan.

The test closure will take place on April 9th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.