Newsstand at Myrtle and Wyckoff? CB5 says no

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What do you think about adding a newsstand on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Wyckoff Avenue?

Well, Community Board 5 last night voted against the idea put forward by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

The applicant, who did not identify himself at the meeting, had few details to offer because his “lawyer” was handling all the business aspects.

But Michael, whose client owns the adjacent building at 329 Wyckoff, had a few objections. For starters, there are already two local businesses that sell the same products the newsstand would sell. Secondly, the train station is nearby, and the newsstand would clog the street either more.

Lastly, the newsstand would block visibility for the local businesses.

Ted Renz, who runs the Myrtle Avenue BID, also opposed the proposal. He says the newsstand would be right near the Myrtle/Wyckoff public plaza, which is supposed to facilitate an open space of sorts for people.

“As we move forward with reconstructing Wyckoff, let’s look to declutter the area and make it a pedestrian plaza,” Renz said at the meeting.

The board recommended denying the application by a 28-5 vote.

80th annual Ridgewood/Glendale Memorial Day parade

The Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale, made up of delegates from six veterans organizations, are hosting the 80th annual Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Avenue in Ridgewood at 11 a.m.

The 2018 Grand Marshal will be Raymond Whitman of the Joseph B. Garity Post 562. Whitman is a Korean War veteran.

Marchers will include veterans, civic organizations, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and other youth groups.

Come hear Crystal Wolfe talk about her book on homelessness

Local author Crystal Wolfe is hosting an “Author Talk” and book signing for her book “Our Invisible Neighbors: Accounts, Causes, and Solutions” on Saturday, March 26.

She will speak at the Ridgewood Library Arts & Crafts Fair, located at 20-12 Madison Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wolfe has been a champion for the homeless in the Queens community. She started a nonprofit organization, Catering for the Homeless, to connect food that otherwise be thrown away to the hungry and needy.

She documents in her book the stories of homeless individuals and delves into the root causes of the homelessness crisis. She then delves into some potential solutions to the issue.

Ridgewood Based Homeless Committee Meets Tonight

Cara Ochsenreiter, Program Director for the Breaking Ground, the organization that operates the Homeless program at the Ridgewood Presbyterian Church, at 59-14 70 Ave will be on hand tonight, May 2, at the Community Board #5 Homeless Committee meeting. It takes place at Christ The King High School Cafeteria at 7:30.

The Community Board #5-Q Homeless Services Committee was formed to better understand the homeless situation throughout New York and to work on how the communities in the CB#5 area can do its part in the battle to help and understand the homeless.
Dmytro Fedkowskyj is the chairman of the committee.
Tonight Amanda Nasner from Department of Homeless Services will also be speaking about the mayor’s homeless plan going forward. The meeting is open to the public.
Representatives from Department of Homeless Services, Catholic Charities, The Coalition For The Homeless and Homeless Services united have spoken at past meetings.

New Amsterdam Festival 2018



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On May 5th and 6th head over to the 2nd Annual New Amsterdam Festival at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House at 1820 Flushing Ave! From 12pm-6pm on both days, children and adults alike will be able to enjoy food, live music, and tours of the historic houses!

For the kids in attendance, there will be games, crafts, painting, entertainers, and historical reenactments.

Adults are welcome to enjoy the flea market hosted by Ridgewood Market, games, beer mead and cider, and raffles from local businesses.

Live music will be played by local artists including Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective, Underground Horns, MAMA JUKE, Tsibele, and The Mamaphry Quartet.

Lastly, Don’t miss your opportunity to try out Bubble Soccer with Knockerball NYC!

RidgewoodCon at Queens Library

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Calling all comic fans! On Saturday, April 21 from 2 PM – 5 PM, head to the Ridgewood Branch Queens Library at
2012 Madison street for RidgewoodCon!

Presented by Hairy Lion Comics, RidgewoodCon will be an opportunity for fans to meet local artists, illustrators, and representatives from their favorite comic stores from all over NYC.

Featured artists include, Tammy Jackson, Michael Griffin, Barbara Ang.

No matter what fandom you’re allied to, RidgewoodCon will have something for everyone!

Ridgewood Market’s 5 Year Anniversary Party

Come and celebrate Ridgewood Market’s 5 Year Anniversary at Gottscheer Hall, at 657 Fairview Avenue on April 21st!

From  5-11PM, experience this community-based artisanal market that will feature over 40 curated vendors.

The first 250 customers to arrive at the market will receive a FREE Ridgewood Market tote bag!

Entry to the famous Gotscheer beer hall is free. With new vendors at every event, customers can purchase local, artisan, and vintage gifts. Beer, cocktails, and German food are available for order in the beer hall.

There will be live music, entertainment, raffles, games, and more. This award-winning market has been featured in New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Time Out NY.

Upcoming Entertainment will include, “Candy Twisted Balloons”:

“Our balloon shows are unforgettable and great for stage, school, senior centers and even block parties. Interactive fun with audience participation, balloons, balloons and more balloons, some magic with live animal and giant balloon climb in the finale. I can provide a fun and educational stage show for your location. My shows cover a vast array of subjects, emphasizing safety, health, education, or just simple fun with balloons or fairy tales.”


Local Roots NYC will host an info table at this upcoming market. They are a subscription-based farm share program (or CSA) that has a pickup location at The Footlight in Ridgewood. Their mission is to bring their members local, sustainably-produced food year-round and make it a community event!

Prize Raffle:
The prize raffle will help support 21 in ’21 initiative: 21 in ’21 seeks to elect, at least, 21 women to the New York City Council’s body of 51 members by 2021. The 21 in ’21 nonpartisan effort will prepare women candidates to run for City Council through support, training, and networking.

The Ridgewood Market is currently accepting vendors for this event. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please email with:

– Your name
– Your business name (optional)
– What you are selling
– If you have joined us before (optional)
– What was the last market you had at with us? (optional)
– Your business URL (optional)
– Photos of your products (optional)
– Your price ranges (optional)
– Details if interested in sharing space with a friend(s). (optional)

For prices & other details visit:

Katz appoints new and returning CB5 members

It’s that time of the year again!

Borough President Melinda Katz has announced the new and returning community board members for Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth.

To be exact, 331 people will serve two-year terms on 14 community boards throughout Queens. Of the 331 appointees, 62 are first-timers.

The term began on April 1.

Community boards play an advisory role in land use and zoning matters, and review issues like parks, infrastructure and safety.

Here are the members who were appointed by Katz at Community Board 5:

  • Antonetta Binanti
  • Robert Cermeli
  • Patricia Crowley
  • Dmytro Fedkowskyj
  • Patricia Grayson
  • Frederick Haller
  • Frederick Hoefferle
  • Richard Huber
  • John Maier
  • Edgar Mantel
  • Eileen Moloney
  • Margaret O’Kane
  • Michael O’Kane
  • Michael Porcelli
  • Kelvin Rodriguez
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Dennis Stephan

Parents slam DOE for lack of safety protocols

Public school parents are not happy with the Department of Education over their current school safety protocols.

Last night at the Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 meeting at PS/IS 119, parents criticized a DOE rep for not addressing their concerns or answering their questions.

Maurice Lindsey, the borough safety officer with the Office of Safety and Youth Development, spoke about his role in developing school safety policy. But he did not answer any questions, often saying “I can’t respond to that.”

CEC 24 members proposed additional measures, such as locking all school entrance doors from the inside, placing armed police officers at each building and installing a video surveillance and buzzer system. Parents agreed with that approach.

For nearly an hour, parents went after Lindsey, asking the CEC even brought him to speak when he couldn’t answer any questions.

“No disrespect, but why is he here?” screamed one parent  “Mr. Lindsey has no idea what he’s saying.”

“We’ll have another Parkland if nothing is done.”

The three-hour meeting concluded with parents walking out, frustrated.