Fall Fun Day at Ridgewood Library

The Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Street, is hosting a Fun Day with over 30 vendors, a live DJ, face-painting, activities and games for children in the garden.

The event will be on September 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The rain date is scheduled for September 22.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome!

City trucks to spray pesticide in Ridgewood tonight

Heads up, Ridgewood residents.

The Health Department is spray pesticide in parts of Queens and Brooklyn, including LIC, tonight between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

The spray is to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus. This is the eighth time this season the city has conducted adulticide treatment, as it’s called.

The city is using very low concentrations of Anvil 10+10, which has low risks for people and pets. But some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience eye or throat irritation, the city warns.

To stay safe during the spray, health officials advise staying indoors when possible and leaving the air conditioner on.

After the spray, you can, but are not required to, wash outdoor toys or equipment with soap and water, and wash fruits and vegetables with water.

Ridgewood Library Writing Course

In this workshop, presenters cover everything you can’t Google about freelancing writing–including working with editors, negotiating pay, and drafting pitches that editors read and accept.

Students will:

1.) Review and critique real pitches directly from editors’ in-boxes.
2.) Practice writing and editing their own great pitches.
2.) Learn about current industry rates, and how to ask for what they are worth.
3.) Leave with a list of 100+ editors’ email addresses.

Location: The Ridgewood Library at 2012 Madison St, Ridgewood, NY 11385.

Date: Saturday, Septemer 8, 2018

Time: 1 pm to 3:30 pm

Phone: 718-821-4770

Link to Register Online: http://www.queenslibrary.org/event/everything-you-cant-google-about-freelance-writing

You can register online, over the phone, or in person. Space is limited but the course is free!

Report: Ridgewood crashes “on the rise”

A new report from Localize.city, a website that provides data on New York City intersections and addresses, claims that crashes in Ridgewood are on the rise, especially after recent safety upgrades.

The site says since the Department of Transportation installed a new pedestrian plaza at the intersection of Myrtle and Wyckoff in December 2016, crashes injuring pedestrians and cyclists have actually gone up 35 percent in 2017.

In the three years before the plaza, the report says, the intersection averaged 64 crashes. That number spiked to 87 last year, the report says.

From January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2018, 98 cyclists and 237 pedestrians have been injured in Ridgewood. Three people died during that time span.

What do you make of this traffic injury data? Have you felt more or less safe at Myrtle-Wyckoff since the plaza was installed?

Let us know in the comments below!

The Onderdonk House Expands its Summer Hours


The historic Vander Ende Onderdonk House now provides guided and self-guided tours on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City.

Current Summer Hours are:

Wednesdays from 3 pm to 7 pm

Saturdays 1 to 5 PM and Sundays 1 to 5 PM.

Members can view the historic Onderdonk House for free. The suggested donation for non-members is $3.00 per person. Veterans and Active Service members are also free.

Website: www.onderdonkhouse.org

Phone: 718-456-1776

1820 Flushing Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Email: info@onderdonkhouse.org or ridgewoodhistoricalsociety@gmail.com