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.

Ridgewood community garden opens for the spring

The Ridgewood Community Garden, now located at Grover Cleveland High School – Metropolitan Avenue between Armory Court and Tonsor Street – is hosting a spring opening celebration this Sunday form 11 am.m to 2 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to be a part of the green space to learn, socialize and enjoy the outdoors. From the event’s Facebook page:

– See the subirrigated planter prepared by GCHS students. We’ll be filling the bed with soil and transplanting veggie seedlings!
– Prepare and sow patches of wildflowers and sunflowers.
– Hat and Plant sale fundraiser
– Banner hanging
– Assemble our new wheelbarrow
– Transplant border plants

Get involved, bring a friend, and come see the great progress made on transforming the space. We’ll have some tools and gloves on hand, but feel free to bring your own shovels, trowels, or gloves along… the more the merrier.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook or read about how the garden came to be in the Glendale Register. 

District 34 participatory budget ballot revealed

Polls open this Saturday, March 25 for residents of district 34 to vote on how they want to spend $1 million.

Stop by the expo, Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at El Puente Williamsburg Leadership Center, 211 S 4th St., to vote and learn about the proposals. Once the voting goes live, Councilman Antonio Reynoso’s office will send out a link on where to vote online. Sign up to receive updates.

To see the proposals, view the list below or learn more about the projects here: 

Community group offering beginner Spanish classes

The Ridgewood-based community group Woodbine is hosting an 12-week introductory Spanish course for beginners. The classes will begin on Wednesday, March 15 from 7-9 p.m., at 1882 Woodbine St.

In our first class we will provide a textbook, for a small $10 donation to cover printing costs. Our class’s success depends on each individual’s commitment, and we ask students to attend regularly, arrive on time, and be prepared to actively participate. You can access a syllabus that outlines guidelines and a course calendar here: https://goo.gl/NRm6gY

Our instructor has taught foreign languages for more than a decade, and has experience teaching Spanish, French, and English for adults as well as high school and university students.

To find out more about the class, visit Woodbine on Facebook.

M train work begins on weekends in advance of shutdown

While the planned shutdown of the M train between Myrtle-Wyckoff and Myrtle-Broadway won’t officially start until July, the MTA will begin re-routing the train on weekends.

Starting March 4, the M train will operate from Essex Street in Manhattan to Broadway Junction in Bushwick. Shuttle buses will operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway, Central Avenue, Knickerbocker Avenue, Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues, Seneca Avenue, Forest Avenue, Fresh Pond Road, and Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue from 12 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.

The buses will be fare-free and customers will be asked to hold their tickets for the transfer.

The closures won’t every weekend, just the ones listed below:

March 4-6
March 11-13
March 18-20
April 8-10
April 22- 24
April 29-May 1
May 13-15
May 20-22
June 3-5
June 17-19
June 24-26

State of the 34th District address postponed

Councilman Antonio Reynoso’s state of the district address, originally scheduled for Thursday evening, has been postponed due to the impending snow storm.

While the event was scheduled to be held at PS 257, 60 Cook Street in Brooklyn, part of the 34th district encompasses the southern portion of Ridgewood.

Reynoso’s office said they will be in touch with a new date soon.