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 contact@ridgewoodmarket.com 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: ridgewoodmarket.com/regulations

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.

CEC 24 meeting to discuss school safety

Join local parents of the school district on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. for the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24’s monthly meeting.

They will discuss school safety and security measures, an important topic given the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The guest speaker for the night will be Maurice Lindsey, borough safety director for the Office of Safety & Youth Development.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at PS/IS 119 in Glendale.

The Ridgewood Bazaar every Sunday at The Windjammer

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Head to the Windjammer at 552 Grandview Avenue for the grand opening of The Ridgewood Bazaar!

Every Sunday from March 11th through December 9th the bazaar will feature a wide range of vendors. Each vendor will be showcasing their wares, including handmade items, vintage clothing, collectibles, food, tarot readings, records, hair and skin care products and more.

For those who would like to rent a booth, check out the event on Facebook!

That Good Good: A Benefit Show

On March 3rd, That Good Good is a night of comedy and music where you can laugh, cry, and drink, and walk away knowing that you contributed to something good. For the March edition of That Good Good, all proceeds will be going to Everytown for Gun Safety. Founded by former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Everytown for Gun Safety is a nonprofit organization which advocates for gun control in the United States.

Hosted by Julienne Jones, the night will feature several of your favorite local comedians including, Aparna Nancherla, Joe Pera, Natasha Vaynblat, Brett Davis, and Alyssa Stonoha to name a few.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by Theda Hammel, Devon Yesberger, and Joy Elysse. Josh Roberts and Nick Marks will also be performing a jazz compilation.

These comedians will make you scream and these musicians will make you swoon. There will also be a mid-show raffle with a prize!

Head to the Footlight Bar at 456 Seneca Avenue at 8 PM for a great night out while supporting a worthy cause.

Tickets are $15 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission. For more ticket information click here!

Ridgewood pol wants to increase penalties for drivers without valid license

Ridgewood state senator Michael Gianaris is calling for legislation to increase penalties for drivers without valid licenses involved in traffic injuries or deaths.

His demand comes after 13-year-old Ridgewood teen Kevin Flores was fatally struck by Philip Monfoletto of Deer Park, a trucker who didn’t have a valid license. Flores was riding his bike when the incident occurred.

Under current law, most cases sought by the district attorney end in a misdemeanor. The most severe offenses will lead to a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

Gianaris’s bill would increase the penalty to a Class E felony for injuring a person, and a Class D felony if it ends in a death.

“This accident is yet another avoidable tragedy caused by a driver who should not have been behind the wheel to begin with,” Gianaris said. “Too many lives have been lost at the hands of drivers whose licenses are suspended or otherwise invalid because the punishment does not match the crime.”



Ridgewood Reservoir added to National Register of Historic Places

The long-awaited news is finally official.

The Ridgewood Reservoir has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service approved the move after the New York State Historic Review Board voted unanimously in favor of the addition in December.

What does this mean? The 50-acre reservoir bordering Queens and Brooklyn will receive additional protections.

Built in 1859 to supply water for the city of Brooklyn, the reservoir located today within Highland Park. It became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950s, and was mostly drained by 1989.

The Old Town of Flushing Burial Ground was also added to the national register.

Holden weighs in on congestion pricing

Councilman Bob Holden has some thoughts about the proposed congestion pricing proposal to charge drivers $11.52 and trucks $25.43 for entering Manhattan south of 60th Street.

In a Twitter statement, Holden called the plan “troubling” for someone who represents taxpayers, commuters and business owners who already pay high taxes.

“While reducing traffic and fixing our crumbling transit infrastructure is a significant priority, burdening residents in areas with inadequate bus and subway service is unacceptable,” Holden says. “It’s time to reassess how money is spent by New York State and the MTA, rather than merely adding a tax on the middle class to raise revenues.

Holden then proposed to add an exemption o this plan for those who live in the five boroughs, and instead apply the fee to those living outside the city.

“My office will evaluate the details of the plan and will work to ensure that is does not negatively impact the residents of Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven and Woodside,” he said.