Ridgewood Tenants Union host march for Universal Rent Control

Photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Tenants Union

Over the weekend, tenants, housing advocates and elected officials hosted a march in support of universal rent control.

The event highlighted the actions of Silvershores Properties, which was named by former Public Advocate Letitia James as the “number one worst landlord in NYC” back in 2017.

Tenants say stronger rent control measures are needed to protect residents from bad landlords.

“To leave an entire building without any heat oftentimes hot water during some of the coldest days of winter is not something a good person does,” said Gloria Nieves, tenant leader of 1708 Summerfield Tenant Association.

“They have made our lives impossible and that is why we need landlords like them and all the other landlords in our neighborhood to understand that they cannot take advantage of us in this way.”

Local elected officials – including State Senators Michael Gianaris and Julia Salazar, and Assembly members Brian Barnwell and Mike Miller – attended the march and expressed their support for the cause.

Onderdonk House’s New Amsterdam Festival set for April 27

Celebrate Ridgewood’s Dutch colonial roots and learn about Dutch culture at the third annual New Amsterdam Festival, presented by the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society.

Enjoy the grounds of the Vander-Ende Onderdonk House with music, food and local beverages.

There will be crafts, games and more for all to enjoy.

Admission is $5 but children 12 and under enter for free.

Holden calls for new school in District 30

School overcrowding is a persistent issue in western and central Queens, notably in School District 24.

To address the issue, Councilman Bob Holden has called on the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to build a new high school within his council district.

With high school acceptance letters mailed out last week, Holden says his office has been inundated with phone calls from frustrated parents whose children aren’t placed in “certain schools that they live close to.”

“When parents are telling me their child has excellent grades and test scores but is not being accepted into the schools they desire, there is something fundamentally wrong with the placement system,” Holden says. “The students in my district deserve more quality school choices.”

The councilman has identified “multiple locations” that the SCA has expressed strong interest in, he says.

Throw in the fact that Queens schools are 16,654 seats over capacity, proving that it’s by far the most overcrowded borough in terms of schools seats.

“I am tired of Queens being overlooked when it comes to such important issues as education,” Holden says. “I demand better than this for our children.”

Take a free tour of the Ridgewood Reservoir this spring

NYC H2O is offering free tours of the Ridgewood Reservoir to community members starting this spring.

As you may know, the reservoir in Highland Park, bordering Queens and Brooklyn, is a natural oasis that once supplied water to the City of Brooklyn.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places last February, and was recently designated as a Class I freshwater wetland, giving it more protections.

The next free tour is slated for Saturday, April 13 at 12 p.m.

On the tour, experts from NYC H2O will discuss not only the history of the reservoir, but their plans to continued preservation.

To RSVP to the tour, click this link here.

Join NYC H2O for Stewardship Day at Ridgewood Reservoir

Now that the Ridgewood Reservoir has more protections, it’s up to community members to make sure it’s kept clean.

On March 10, NYC H2O, the organization that has been advocating for the reservoir, is hosting its first monthly stewardship day there.

Earlier this year, the reservoir was designated a protected wetland, adding an additional layer of protection for the threatened and endangered species there.

They are asking for volunteers to help remove invasive plant species and plant native species in their place.

RSVP here if you plan on attending!

Two horrific deaths in Ridgewood

It has been a scary few days for Ridgewood residents.

On earlier Sunday morning, police responded to a call about a stabbing at 60-80 Myrtle Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found 35-year-old Jennifer Irigoyen with multiple stab wounds to her neck and torso.

She was taken to Wyckoff Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Irigoyen was also reportedly pregnant, and seems to have lost her baby as well.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Then on Monday morning, police from the 104th Precinct responded to calls of a possible crime at 956 Seneca Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers found a 73-year-old woman lying unconscious on the ground. EMTs were already on the scene.

The woman, Ramonita Aponte from 58-06 Myrtle Avenue, was taken to Wyckoff Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, and an investigation is also ongoing.

Please stay safe and cautious, Ridgewood.

E-waste recycling event at Rosemary’s Playground

E-waste recycling event at Rosemary’s Playground

Recycle your electronic waste this weekend at Rosemary’s Playground.

On Saturday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., State Senator Joe Addabbo is teaming up with Friends of Rosemary’s Playground, the Parks Department and Lower East Side Ecology Center for the event, rain or shine.

Accepted electronics include:

  • Working and non-working computers
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Keyboard
  • Mice (the computer kind!)
  • Cables
  • Televisions
  • VCRs
  • DVD players
  • Phones
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Cell phones
  • PDAs

Rosemary’s Playground is located on Fairview Avenue between Woodbine and Madison streets.

Next CEC 24 meeting will be at PS 77

UPDATE: At tonight’s meeting, Superintendent Madelene Chan will be honoring the 104th Precinct and a good Samaritan with plaques for their efforts.

Comptroller Scott Stringer may also stop by, the Ridgewood Blog has learned.

The next meeting of Community Education Council 24 will be at PS 77, located at 976 Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood.

The meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15, starting at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker is Sarah Evans, senior director of the Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support in the Special Education Department.

You’ll also hear a report from District 24 Superintendent Madelene Chan.

The meeting is open to the public.

Ridgewood Reservoir designated a Class I Freshwater Wetland

The Ridgewood Reservoir got a new year’s present: additional environmental protections.

Before the calendar flipped to 2019, the state Department of Environmental Conservation designed the reservoir as a Class I freshwater wetland, according to NYC H2O.

That designation means all three basins of the reservoir bordering Brooklyn and Queens will be “permanently protected as a natural area.”

According to NYC H2O, wetlands are some of the most productive natural ecosystems. They’re protected by the federal Clean Water Act of 1972, and New York’s Freshwater Protection Act of 1975.

The state DEC designates Class 1 protections to a waterbody only when threatened and endangered species have been observed on site.

NYC H2O says the following are listed as threatened/endangered:

• Late flowering boneset (Eupatorium serotinum)
• Fringes boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium var laciniatum)
• Globe-fruited ludwigia (Ludwigia sphaerocarpa)
• Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
• Pied-Billed Grebe (podilymbus podiceps).