Despite heat, Myrtle Ave street fest draws crowd


Despite the heat, hundreds packed the streets for the annual Myrtle Avenue street fair last Sunday. The annual event brought residents from Ridgewood and Glendale out of their homes, an onto the central business district for an afternoon of family fun.

The fair featured tables from local vendors, as well as informational booths from businesses in the area. While most of the action was on street, the businesses behind were also open and especially the restaurants were packed with customers, enjoying the increased foot presence on the avenue.

In addition to vendors, there was also classic fair food, thrilling rides for the youngsters to keep everyone in the family entertained.

Down at the Fresh Pond Road portion of the fair, the East Coast Car Association set up some of their classic cars on display to benefit Toys for Tots. There was no charge for the spectators, but money is raised through an entrance fee and 50/50 raffle.

This year, all proceeds from their shows go to benefit St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

The festival was presented by the Glendale Kiwanis Club and organized by Meteor Festivals, who present street festivals across New York City.

See more photos from the celebration below:

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New venue The Footlight hosting grand opening party on Friday

Photo courtesy The Footlight on Facebook.
Photo courtesy The Footlight on Facebook.

The much anticipated new music venue in Ridgewood, The Footlight, is hosting their grand opening party this weekend. The venue, located at 465 Seneca had a soft opening last weekend and had current hours of noon to 2 a.m. every day.

Friday night’s opening will be the first concert they host, featuring the following list of bands with set times:

• 8 p.m. – Monograms
• 9 p.m. – LIP TALK
• 10 p.m. – Starlight Girls
• 11 p.m. – The Teen Age

The show is $5 and doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event. 


Parents who lost children to dangerous intersection make plea at CB5 for change

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 12.14.02 PMAfter emotional pleas from residents, Community Board 5 voted in favor of the DOT’s proposed redesign of the Myrtle-Wyckoff Ave. intersection.

The intersection, which has seen three pedestrian deaths since 2009 and two dozen crashes since 2010, is notoriously known for being dangerous. Both families and friends of those who have lost their lives at the intersection as well as members of Families for Safe Streets called for the need to support the proposed redesign.

The redesign would create a one-block, car-free plaza at the intersection, drastically cutting the number of potential turns by 70 percent.

See full coverage from the meeting and testimony from the parents at the Glendale Register. 


Sen. Addabbo to hold mobile office hours in Ridgewood

State Senator Joe Addabbo’s Ridgewood constituents won’t need to travel to Howard Beach to get service next week.

On Thursday, July 21, from 5:30-7 p.m., Addabbo will be at the Ridgewood Library, 20-12 Madison Street, to personally assist as many residents as possible, as part of his ongoing mobile office hours initiative.

“As an elected official, making sure I interact with the people I represent is one of my top priorities,” said Addabbo. “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.”

Additional mobile office hours are being scheduled for future dates and locations throughout the district. For more information, contact Addabbo’s Howard Beach Office at 718-738-1111.