Cops release photo of suspect in fatal Ridgewood punch

Cops have released the photo and name of a suspect wanted for questioning in connection to a homicide in Ridgewood.

According to police, 56-year-old Hugo Moreta was allegedly involved in a dispute with two other individuals when one man punched him, causing Moreta to fall to the ground. EMS arrived at 1644 Decatur Street, outside the victim’s home, and transported him to Elmhurst Hospital. Moreta was pronounced dead on September 7.

Police are classifying the incident as a homicide and looking to speak with Carlos Santiago, a 36-year-old Brooklyn man, approximately 6’1″, 270 pounds in connection with the incident.

 

Ridgewood yoga studio to host hurricane benefit

All Yoga NYC, a Ridgewood-based yoga studio, is hosting a benefit for hurricane victims on Saturday.

All of the profits from the 60-min class, lead by Rachel Weathers, will be donated directly to families impacted by the storms.

The class, which is suitable for all experience levels, will be followed by meditation and a journaling exercise.

Tickets to the class are $25 and you can sign up at: http://allyoganyc.com/

How to find your polling place

New York City’s municipal primary election is today. If you’re not sure where to vote, the New York City Board of Elections has a handy tool where you just input your address and it will tell you where your polling place it. 

There are a slew of candidates in districts across the city at all levels. Take a full look at the candidates in every primary across New York City. 

Polling places opened today at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. so make sure you get out and vote.

Ridgewood man allegedly killed by fatal punch

The Ridgewood man found conscious and bleeding from the mouth early Sunday morning has died from his injuries, police said early Friday.

According to police, 56-year-old Hugo Moreta was allegedly involved in a dispute with two other individuals when one man punched him, causing Moreta to fall to the ground. EMS arrived at 1644 Decatur Street, outside the victim’s home, and transported him to Elmhurst Hospital. He was pronounced dead on September 7.

Police are classifying the incident as a homicide. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

 

 

City to permanently extend beach season

A lifeguard looks out over Rockaway beach on labor day.

Great news for the city’s beachgoers: the City Council is expected to pass a bill today that will lengthen the season for city beaches and pools for an additional week after labor day.

Earlier this year, Councilman Mark Levine secured an additional $1.7 million in the budget to extend the season for this year, but this new law will guarantee money for lifeguards, maintenance workers and other park staff.

“For millions of New Yorkers who can’t afford to vacation in the Hamptons or take a cruise in the Caribbean, the City’s public beaches and pools offer exceptional summer recreation opportunities right here in the the five boroughs – accessible for the cost of a MetroCard and free to enter for anyone,” said City Council Member Mark Levine, sponsor of the bill. “From Orchard Beach to the Rockaways, the City’s 14 miles of free public beaches and 53 outdoor pools are an invaluable resource for those looking to stay cool when the summer heat doesn’t just stop on Labor Day.”

Police looking for alleged drug store burglar

The NYPD 104th Precinct is looking for assistance in locating the individual pictured above in connection with a burglary at a Ridgewood drug store.

According to police, at approximately 6:35 p.m. on July 27, an unidentified individual jumped over the pharmacy counter at Walgreens, located at 58-02 Metropolitan Ave., and removed five bottles of prescription medication before fleeing westbound on Harman Street.

The individual is described as a light skinned male with facial hair; last seen wearing a black bandanna, a black hood over his head, a black jacket, black and white capri pants and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Mayor de Blasio, Councilman Reynoso to host town hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a town hall in Bed-Stuy earlier this year.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilman Antonio Reynoso are hosting a public town hall meeting for residents of the 34th Council District (Ridgewood, Williamsburg and Bushwick).

The meeting will take place at Grand Street Settlement Williamsburg Community Center 195 Graham Ave. Door open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Residents of the district are being asked to RSVP by August 28 at 5 p.m. via email at brooklyntownhall@cityhall.nyc.gov or by calling (212) 748-0281. Space is limited.

Follow the progress of Rosemary’s Playground with a city tracker

With the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s capital project tracker, you can now follow along as some of your local public spaces undergo massive upgrades.

Earlier this year, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz secured $3.2 million to upgrade the playground on Woodward Avenue between Madison and Woodbine streets.

Currently the project is in the design phase with the schematic design set to be reviewed by the community board and externally regulatory agencies.

Follow the park’s progress here.

Police release video of frightening Ridgewood home invasion

Police are looking for two individuals in connection with a gunpoint home invasion robbery that took place on Norman Street in Ridgewood on Sunday.

According to police, the victim reported that two males approached him inside the lobby of his building and one of the individuals displayed a black firearm while the other placed him in a chokehold.

The first individual then forced himself inside the victim’s second floor apartment at gunpoint, threatening the victim’s wife and their seven-year-old son, demanding money and car keys. The suspects fled in the victim’s black 2017 Audi A6 with $1,300 in cashand two credit cards.

Police described the first individual as a Hispanic male, approximately 20-years-old, 5’8″ tall, 140 pounds, with a thin build, light complexion, short, curly black hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. He was armed with a black handgun.

The second individual is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20-years-old, 5’6″ tall, 150 pounds, with a light complexion, and short, straight, brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.