CM hosting emergency tenant rights workshop

Reynoso speaks at last year’s meeting.

Councilman Antonio Reynoso is hosting an emergency tenant rights workshop on Thursday, December 1 at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, 59-03 Summerfield Street.

The event, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will answer any questions tenants may have about their rights when developers or unscrupulous landlords try to raise rents or force them out of their homes. Reynoso hosted a similar meeting in December of last year.

For information on the meeting, contact Reynoso’s office at (718) 963-3141.

Ridgewood tenants march for affordability

A rendering of the 17-story mixed-use complex coming 350 St. Nicholas Avenue on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. (Photo courtesy AB Capstone)

Ridgewood tenants are marching to fight rising rents this weekend.

On Saturday, November 19, starting at 9 a.m., tenants from 1819 Cornelia Street will speak about the organizing they are doing to stay in their building.

The march then travels to 661 Seneca Avenue, where the Berboda family will talk about their fight to stay in their rent stabilized apartment.

After 661 Seneca Avenue, the group will march to 1720 Palmetto Street, which was de-regulated by the owner, a Brooklyn-based LLC, that claims they did extensive rehabilitation to the building.

Finally, the group will march to 350 St. Nicholas Avenue, the controversial site of a future 17-story luxury building owned by AB Capstone to speak about gentrification in the neighborhood.

After the march, the Ridgewood Tenants Union will host a discussion at Venditti Square on Myrtle Avenue.

For more information about the event, visit Ridgewood Tenants Union on Facebook.  


Ridgewood market hosts first food festival

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

The folks who bring you monthly artisan markets at Gottscheer Hall are partnering with new Ridgewood music venue and bar The Footlight to present the first annual Ridgewood Market Food Festival.

The event, running Saturday from noon to 6p.m., has free entry and features food vendors, drinks, live music and a pie eating contest. Check out the Facebook event for details on the various vendors. 

Incumbent state senator defeats challenger


Democratic State Senator Michael Gianaris, who represents the lower portions of Ridgewood, soundly defeated Republican challenger Marvin Jeffcoat in last night’s election, garnering over 85 percent of the vote with 97 percent of the precincts reporting.

Gianaris, who serves as the deputy leader of the democratic conference in the senate, was first elected to serve the 12th Senate District in 2010. State senators in New York serve two-year terms.

The challenger Jeffcoat is a retired army sergeant and strong advocate for veterans.

Police seize $250,000 in counterfeit goods from Ridgewood storage locker

Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown with the seized goods.
Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown with the seized goods.

A Flushing man and woman are facing trademark counterfeiting charges after authorities seized more than $250,000 in alleged knock-off handbags, wallets, belts and even cigarette lighters from a Ridgewood storage locker.

According to Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown, Xu Jing, 46, and Jing Ye, 43, both of 41st Avenue in the Flushing section of Queens, are charged with first-degree trademark counterfeiting.

The complaints say that both defendants were observed selling fake designer merchandise at CubeSmart Self Storage. A court-authorized search warrant was executed at the site and authorities recovered dozens of boxes and bags filled with allegedly knock-off Coach purses, Louis Vuitton handbags, Chanel leather goods, as well as pocketbooks and accessories with the Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Hermes, Gucci and Burberry labels. The seizure, also allegedly, included hats, belts and lighters.

“Selling fake designer goods is not a victimless crime,” Brown said in a release. “Counterfeit operations, such as this one, fuel an underground economy that rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars to alleged criminals. These cash-only transactions also rob both city and state municipalities out of much-needed tax revenue. Also, these knock-offs damage both the reputation and brand of designers because the merchandise is inferior in both material and quality.”


Ridgewood book store hosting book drive for prisoners


Topos Bookstore Cafe at 788 Woodward Avenue in Ridgewood is participating in the New York City book drive for prisoners this month. The group posted the following on Facebook:

You can help your fellow comrade by donating books to US prisoners. It is extremely difficult for prisoners to access good, educational, up-to-date reading material on the inside which should be a basic right.

Join us by donating your gently used or new paperbacks to Books Through Bars. There will be a donation bin at Topos beginning November 1st, and we will also be holding this culmination event on November 16th.

On the 16th we will offer light refreshments and will be having discussions, readings, and conversation about helping your fellow comrades on the inside as well as the prison industrial complex at large.

Please bring at least one donation to this event to show your support!

Below are the needs of BTB NYC

Paperbacks in good condition in the following subject areas:
African-American history, especially 20th century
Native-American history
Latin-American history
Social sciences
How-to (drawing, origami, chess, knitting, sign language…)
Mayan and Aztec history
Memoirs and fiction by people of color
Dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies, atlases
Language studies
Guides to starting a business
Yoga and pilates guides

Hardcover books
Religious texts (INCLUDING BIBLES)
Old magazines
White supremacist literature
Books advocating racial animosity, sexism, or homophobia
Computer books
Books with notes or underlining
Heavily worn books
Outdated books