Ridgewood incumbents leading primary races, except Miller

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After Tuesday’s Democratic primary, most incumbent legislators representing Ridgewood emerged in the lead.

With tens of thousands of absentee ballots to count, it’s hard to say who will win these primary contests. But after in-person votes were tallied, it appears most incumbents are on the verge of victory––with one exception.

Assemblyman Mike Miller, who has represented District 38, which includes portions of Glendale, Ridgewood, Ozone Park and Woodhaven, since 2009, is current losing to challenger Jenifer Rajkumar.

Rajkumar, an attorney, adjunct professor and former Cuomo administration official, received 2,624 votes, or 52 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

Miller only has 1,300 votes, roughly 28 percent of the vote. A third candidate, queer poet and educator Joey De Jesus, won 1,108 votes, good for 22 percent.

Though absentee ballots still have to be counted, Miller is 1,300 votes behind Rajkumar, which will be tough to overcome on absentees alone.

Ridgewood’s two congressional representatives, Grace Meng and Nydia Velazquez, emerged victorious from their primary battles.

Meng defeated two challengers with 15,181 votes, nearly 61 percent of the vote in her Queens district. Velazquez, whose district includes parts of Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn, won 32,965 votes, a whopping 80 percent of her district.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, who also reps parts of Ridgewood, easily dispatched challenger Iggy Terranova with 14,114 votes, making up about 74 percent of the vote.

Ridgewood’s other Assembly representative, Cathy Nolan, is out in front of two challengers, Mary Jobaida and Danielle Brecker, with 4,314 votes, or 52 percent.

In the race for Queens borough president, former Ridgewood Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is currently in second place with 31,781 votes, or 28 percent.

She’s trailing Councilman Donovan Richards, who has 41,915 votes, good for 37 percent.

Ridgewood hosts candlelight vigil for homeless man

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Last Friday, the Ridgewood community hosted a candlelight vigil for Arkadiusz Jasinski, a homeless man found dead the previous week.

The vigil was held at Forest Avenue and Putnam Avenue, where Arek frequently slept.

Remember last week that a snowstorm hit New York City, along with freezing temperatures.

The event was organized by All Saints Church, a parish in the American Old Catholic tradition based in Ridgewood.

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!

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 Social to celebrate five years with party at The Footlight

Ridgewood Social turned five last month and the popular neighborhood blog is hosting a big party to celebrate.

The event, which is being held at the Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave., will feature cake and drinks. It will take place from 7-11 p.m. on Thursday, July 2o.

The blog was started by Sarah Feldman, who says she created it as away for people to explore the neighborhood and support local businesses. Now, the blog has thousands of followers and also focuses on inclusivity, fighting against gentrification, things to do, and supporting small businesses.

Meet President John Adams (sort of) this weekend

President John Adams (as portrayed by George Baker) will be at the historic Vander-Ende Onderdonk House this weekend. The second president will present his views of the nation, history and family life in a humorous and inspiring speech.

The event will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. at Vander-Ende Onderdonk House,  1820 Flushing Ave.

See more information on the Facebook event. 


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.

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.