Onderdonk House will turn into Dutch wonderland this weekend

The historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk House at 1820 Flushing Ave., in Ridgewood will be transformed into a Dutch wonderland for the New Amsterdam Festival this weekend.

The outdoorcelebration of Dutch culture is open to all ages and will run Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s being help in conjunction with Bushwick event space House of Yes.

For more information, check out the event on Facebook.

Parks moves to preserve Ridgewood reservoir

The Parks Department has completed the process to reclassify the dam at the Ridgewood Reservoir, paving the way for the area’s preservation.

The reservoir was first built in 1858 and served the community for over a century, but since then has become a natural sanctuary for plants and animals.

“The Ridgewood Reservoir is home to a number of native flora and fauna, making it one of Queens’ most diverse natural areas,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski in a statement. “The reclassification of the dam is an important step forward to ensure the preservation of this treasured green space.”

NYPD 104th warns residents of home repair scams

An officer from the NYPD 104th posting fliers in regards to home repair scams.

Officers from the NYPD 104th Precinct are asking resident to be on the lookout for home repair scammers.

According to police, a home repair scam is when a person claims to be from a company and states you need repairs done at your home. They claim to be working down the block and could see you need repairs, offering them at a much cheaper prices than a licensed company.

The scam can include: roofing, windows, driveway and sidewalks.

The 104th Precinct asks residents to do the follow:

• Do not open the door;

• Do not invite them in;

• Never give out any financial information;

• Do not give your credit card or bank account number;

• Do not give them any money;

• Research the company before making your decision.

If you believe you are being scammed, call 9-1-1 immediately. To contact the crime prevention officers at the NYPD 104th directly, call (718) 386-6223.

Tenants rights presentation in Ridgewood on Saturday

The Ridgewood Tenants Union and Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A  are partnering to inform Ridgewood tenants of their rights this weekend.

The groups are hosting a presentation at noon, on the Corner of Himrod Street and Cypress Avenue, near two rent stabilized buildings that have been de-regulated. Tenants will speak about their experiences fighting to keep their apartment.

See the flier below for more details or visit the event on Facebook. 

Celebrate four years of the Ridgewood market

It’s been four years since Ridgewood Market launched at Gottscheer Hall. Celebrate the milestone with great vendors, food, music and entertainment this weekend.

The event is from 5-11 p.m. at 657 Fairview Ave., on April 22,and will feature over 40 independent and local artists. There will be a prize and cash raffle and collectiable tote bags to mark the occasion.

As always, the market has free entry.

For more information, see the event on Facebook, or read our interview with founder Sarah Feldman from two years ago.

Borough President Katz announces appointments to CB5

Queens Borough President Melina Katz officially announced 354 appointments to Queens community boards this week. The appointments are for two-year terms that officially began on April 1.

The appointments for Queens Community Board 5 (Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale, Middle Village, South Elmhurst) are as follows: Vincent Arcuri, Tobias Bloch, Walter Clayton, Peter Comber, Deborah Cox, Brian Dooley, Jerome Drake, Sarah Feldman, Steven Fiedler, Mohan Gyawali-Chhetri, Robert Holden, Paul Kerzner, John Killcommons, Kathleen Knight, Maryann Lattanzio, Edward Lettau, Michael LoCascio, Katherine Masi, Donald Robert Passantino, Theodore Renz, Lee Rottenberg, Walter Sanchez, David Sands, Carmen Santana, Connie Santos, Lorraine Sciulli, Christopher Carl Sperrazza, Catherine Sumsky, Barbara Toscano, Patrick Trinchese, Maryanna Zero.

Nowadays hits Kickstarter goal

A rendering of what the indoor space will look like.

On the final day of a crowd funding campaign, Ridgewood outdoor watering hole Nowadays hit its goal of raising $100,000 for a new sound system.

Earlier this year, the owners of the space and founders of the popular Mister Sunday dance party, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, raised $50,000 to secure the safety, licensing and permitting of an indoor space adjacent to their outdoor beer garden at 56-06 Cooper Ave.

For more infomation, or to donate, visit the project on Kickstarter.

To read more about Nowadays, check out this feature in the Glendale Register from the space’s opening weekend.