RW Tenants Union hosts: The Total Ridgewood Gentrification Tour

This weekend, over a dozen Ridgewood businesses will participate in Brooklyn Based’s Total Ridgewood Immersion Tour. 

The day long event, set for June 3, is a self-guided walking tour of the neighborhood with pre-purchased “walking around money,” to spend at the participating businesses.

Not everyone is thrilled that Brooklyn Based has chosen Ridgewood for their first immersion tour of the year. The Ridgewood Tenants Union is hosting their own event in response, which they’re calling: The Total Ridgewood Gentrification Tour.

The Facebook event for the “gentrification tour” criticizes Brooklyn Based and the participating businesses.

Brooklyn Based will have you believe that this is an innocent and carefree daylong adventure where you will get to experience a new neighborhood, well how about you explore Ridgewood by first learning about how there is a housing crisis that is impacting our neighborhood and is causing more and more folks to lose their homes. If businesses such as Bonus Room,Madison New York, Saint Seneca Store, Onderdonk & Sons, etc. are not considering their impact in the ongoing gentrification of Ridgewood by being active participants in this Brooklyn Based event, then these are not the types of businesses we should be supporting.

Street closures to accompany weekend M work

During the next four weekends of work on the M train (see the chart above) expect an array of street closures and restrictions as well.

New York City Transit will have a maximum of two crane sites per weekend. The cranes will be placed adjacent to the elevated structure for the purpose of hoisting and lowering of track panels and materials at the locations listed below. Crane locations will be determined by the section of track being replaced on that specific weekend.

Flagging and traffic devices will be used for the safety of the general public.  Parking will not be allowed on Palmetto St, between Onderdonk Ave & Myrtle Ave to allow one lane of traffic thru the area. Parking will also restricted at each Street Crane location for 150’ along each curb lane to allow the placement of a Street Crane and materials.

Crane Location & Street Closures:      

  1. Forest Ave, between Putnam Ave & 67th Ave . Street closed 6 a.m. 4 p.m., Fri and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 
  2. Madison St, between Fairview Ave &Woodward Ave. Street closed 6 a.m. 4 p.m., Fri and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 
  3. Woodward Ave, between Woodbine St &Madison St. Street closed 6 a.m. 4 p.m., Fri and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 
  4. Woodbine St, between Woodward Av & Onderdonk Ave. Street closed 6 a.m. 4 p.m., Fri and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 
  5. St Nicholas Av, between Gates Av & Palmetto St.    Street closed 6 a.m. 4 p.m., Fri and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 
  6. Cypress Ave, between Gates Av & Palmetto St  Street closed 6 a.m. 4 p.m., Fri and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 

Palmetto St Traffic Diversion:  (1) 12’ ft. Lane opened for traffic to be flagged thru the area.

Memorial Day Parade to be held on Monday

Last year’s parade had a great turnout.

The 79th annual Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood & Glendale Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29.

The parade kicks-off at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Monument at Myrtle and Cooper avenues and ends at the Ridgewood Monument at Myrtle and Cypress avenues.


Crowley announces participatory budgeting results

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced the winners of this year’s participatory budgeting in Council District 30. The top vote getters and the amount they received are:

 • Tech improvements for District 30 Schools ($480,000) 1,627 votes;

• Glendale library computer and furniture upgrades ($40,000) 1,155 votes;

• Exercise equipment for Juniper Valley Park ($300,000) 1,056 votes;

• Bathroom renovations for P.S. 71 ($190,000) 797 votes.

“I am thrilled by the feedback we received during Participatory Budgeting and the final projects the community decided on. Our schools, libraries and parks are the lifeblood of our communities and these improvements will benefit people of all ages,” Crowley said. “Thank you to everyone who voted, volunteered and helped see this process through until the very end. Together, we can build a stronger community.”

In total, over 2,000 people voted at one of the polling sites and 326 voted online.

Police find Ridgewood man reported missing

Police found a missing 80-year-old Ridgewood man after he had reportedly not been seen for three days.

Yesterday, police announced 80-year-old Radiovoje Matovic, a resident of 68th Avenue had not been seen since Friday at around 4 a.m. At approximately 2 p.m. yesterday he was located and reportedly in good condition.

Tenants group conducting survey on Ridgewood high rise

A rendering of the proposed project, from the developer, AB Capstone.

The Ridgewood Tenants Union wants to hear your thoughts on the proposed 17-story high rise for the corner St. Nicholas Avenue and Palmetto Street.

The building – which the group says could be completed this summer – is expected to have 29 luxury apartments, 350 parking spaces and the first five floors will have retail and commercial office space.

The survey, which can be found here, is completely confidential.

Ridgewood school to get elevator

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan with Paul Kerzner, President, Ridgewood Property Owners & Civic Association and Michael Mirisola of the NYC School Construction Authority.

The school construction authority will begin work this fall on installing an elevator at IS 93Q to make the building more accessible.

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan confirmed the project at a May 4 meeting of the Ridgewood Property Owner’s and Civic Association.

“I have long advocated for the installation of an elevator in the main building in I.S. 93Q and I would like to commend the School Construction Authority for responding to the needs of the Ridgewood Community,” Nolan said in a statement.


Pol, Big Apple Greeters tour Onderdonk House

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and the Big Apple Greeters toured the historic Vander Ende–Onderdonk House.

The organization, which provides free tour services to visitors at many of New York City’s landmarks, recently received $2,500 from this year’s budget thanks to Crowley, a longtime supporter of the group.

“The Big Apple Greeters give a true city experience from real New Yorkers. No map or brochure can tell you our history the way a New Yorker can,” Crowley said. “There is so much history right in our backyard, and especially at the Onderdonk House – the oldest house in all of Queens. I thank the greeters for being so dedicated to our community and spreading these stories.”

Nowadays to open for the season (and beyond!) next week


Outdoor watering hole Nowadays will open for the summer on Thursday, May 11, and with renovations on their indoor space coming soon, the bar will likely stay open beyond the warm weather.

The opening party at the space, located at 56-06 Cooper Ave., will feature the unveiling of a new menu  overseen by Henry Rich from Metta and Rucola in the food truck, as well as 24 different beers on tap.

Read more about the future of Nowadays and their indoor space.

Ridgewood community garden opens for the spring

The Ridgewood Community Garden, now located at Grover Cleveland High School – Metropolitan Avenue between Armory Court and Tonsor Street – is hosting a spring opening celebration this Sunday form 11 am.m to 2 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to be a part of the green space to learn, socialize and enjoy the outdoors. From the event’s Facebook page:

– See the subirrigated planter prepared by GCHS students. We’ll be filling the bed with soil and transplanting veggie seedlings!
– Prepare and sow patches of wildflowers and sunflowers.
– Hat and Plant sale fundraiser
– Banner hanging
– Assemble our new wheelbarrow
– Transplant border plants

Get involved, bring a friend, and come see the great progress made on transforming the space. We’ll have some tools and gloves on hand, but feel free to bring your own shovels, trowels, or gloves along… the more the merrier.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook or read about how the garden came to be in the Glendale Register.