Leasing has launched at The Strand

Credit: Aufgang Architects. The Meshberg Group

Camber Property Group and Valyrian Capital have begun leasing for The Strand, a new mixed-use development near the Ridgewood/East Williamsburg border with 132 units.

Leasing for the rental property, located at 178 Woodward Avenue, is being handled by Corcoran New Development.

The Strand features a variety of residences, including 33 studios, 71 one-bedrooms, 25 two-bedrooms/ two-baths, and three three-bedroom/two-bath apartments.

The pricing starts at $2,050 a month for a studio and up to $3,985 for a three-bedroom.

The amenities are plentiful at The Strand, including two landscaped rooftop decks, a co-working lounge, fitness center, a media and gaming lounge, an inner courtyard, on-site parking for cars and bikes, and Stainless Steel appliances.

In terms of location, The Strand is located three blocks from the Jefferson Avenue L train stop, as well as the B38, B57 and Q53 buses.

Citi Bikes are also available throughout the neighborhood.

Corcoran is providing perspective residents with face masks, hand sanitizing stations and an in-person or virtual experience from first viewing through lease signing.

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. 

New venue The Footlight hosting grand opening party on Friday

Photo courtesy The Footlight on Facebook.

Photo courtesy The Footlight on Facebook.

The much anticipated new music venue in Ridgewood, The Footlight, is hosting their grand opening party this weekend. The venue, located at 465 Seneca had a soft opening last weekend and had current hours of noon to 2 a.m. every day.

Friday night’s opening will be the first concert they host, featuring the following list of bands with set times:

• 8 p.m. – Monograms
• 9 p.m. – LIP TALK
• 10 p.m. – Starlight Girls
• 11 p.m. – The Teen Age

The show is $5 and doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event. 


Emergency meeting on Ridgewood housing crisis tonight

Flier courtesy Ridgewood Tenants and Neighbors Association.

Flier courtesy Ridgewood Tenants and Neighbors Association.

Local elected officials in Ridgewood are hosting a special meeting for residents impacted by the rising rents and development of the neighborhood.

Tonight, at 6:30 p.m., all residents are invited to the cafeteria at PS 305, 378 Seneca Ave., to meet with lawyers, tenant organizers and city and state enforcement agencies.

The information session is sponsored by Councilman Antonio Reynoso, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.

Organizations expected to attend the meeting include: Queens Legal Services, Catholic Migrations Services, Make the Road, Legal Empowerment and Assistance Program, Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation, Ridgewood Tenant Union, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of Housing and Community Renewal, Office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Commission for Human Rights.

17-story building may be coming to Ridgewood

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The Real Deal is reporting that a 17-story, mixed-use building may be coming to 3-50 St. Nicholas Avenue.

According to plans filed to the city, obtained by the real estate blog, AB Capstone is planning to construct a 180,000-square-foot-mixed-use building with around 90,000 square feet of commercial space on the first five floors and the entire ground floor (about 30,000 square feet) will be dedicated to retail space.

Office space makes up the rest of the first five floors and the subsequent floors after that (12, according to the filing), will house 130 rentals units.

No renderings of the proposed structure are available at press time.


Ridgewood tenants discuss a changing community

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A roomful of Ridgewood residents and tenants gathered together to begin cultivating the change they know is inevitable, but that they want a hand in shaping.

At the first-ever meeting of the newly formed Ridgewood Tenants and Neighborhood Association on Monday night, attendees broke into small groups to discuss topics related to transportation, housing, economic development and the environment.

Read more: Glendale Register – Residents discuss a changing Ridgewood

Group wants residents to shape Ridgewood’s future

Ridgewood tenantsA group of civic-minded Ridgewood residents are launching a tenants association and they’re looking for community input prior to their first meeting.

The group’s mission is: “To engage, empower, and increase representation for all Ridgewood tenants and residents.”

Their main goal is to give every resident a voice in the future growth of Ridgewood and harbor an atmosphere of townhall meetings and discussions where each tenant has the opportunity to provide input.

Their first meeting is scheduled for Monday April 27th at 6 p.m. at the Ridgewood Library, 20-12 Madison St.

For more information, visit:

Website: www.ridgewoodtenants.org

Email: ridgewoodtenants@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgewoodtenants/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RidgewoodTenant

Councilman Antonio Reynoso arrested at protest

Councilman Antonio Reynoso and others protest closing of daycare and senior center.

Councilman Antonio Reynoso and others protest closing of daycare and senior center.

New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso was arrested at a protest in Williamsurg yesterday for failing to comply with police orders. Reyenoso and other protestors, including Democratic District Leader Nick Rizzo staged a sit-down protest that obstructed the flow of traffic.

Community members and leaders joined together outside 211 Ainslie Street, the site of Small World Daycare and Swinging Sixties senior group to protest the center’s imminent closure.

Protestors called on New York city mayor Bill DeBlasio and city lawyers to use eminent domain to take the property in exchange for the market value. The landlords are asking for more however, as state and city lawmakers have already pledged the funding.

Reynoso represents District 34, which covers parts of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood.

Reynoso was one of several arrested at the demonstration.

Reynoso was one of several arrested at the demonstration.



Complaints close two Ridgewood bars

Seneca Avenue will get a little quieter thanks to recent police action that will shutter the doors of two restaurants-turned-night-bars.

The two spots: Sabor and Rumba, located at 666 Seneca Ave., and Blue Restaurant and Bar at 681 Seneca Ave., greeted prospective customers with a cold metal gate instead of food and drink last week.

In 2014, Sabor and Rumba was served a summons for serving alcohol to an underage person.

The corner that the bars sit adjacent to, happens to be the location where a recent throat slashing took place. Police are still searching for leads in relation to the attack.

More information will be available on how long the establishments will be closed for and any related action, as it becomes available.

Owner: 176 Woodward Avenue is not for sale

By: Holly Bieler

Despite rumors, the site at 176 Woodward Avenue is not for sale, says owner Frank Curtin, who stopped by this paper’s offices to set the record straight after weeks of community speculation and false reports claiming the Ridgewood site was on the market for upwards of $30 million.

“To make a long story short, we’re developing the property,” said Curtin on Monday. “We’re not trying to flip it. If I was trying to sell, I would have sold years ago.”

Frank Curtin, the owner of a property at 176 Woodward Ave., says it's not for sale.

Frank Curtin, the owner of a property at 176 Woodward Ave., says it’s not for sale.

Local residents have been concerned since the site was listed for sale for $33 million in an e-mail blast sent out February 6th from Greiner Maltz Investment Properties, which handles other properties for developer Slate Property Group.

The site had been the subject of protracted negotiations with community boards and local elected officials, including Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Antonio Reynoso, about affordable housing during its rezoning from manufacturing to residential.

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