Earlier this week the Ridgewood community met with the Department of Transportation about a long-term redesign for the 71st Avenue plaza. DOT had originally installed the triangular plaza, at the the intersection of 71st Avenue at Stephen Street and Myrtle Avenue, on a temporary basis last year. DOT is moving forward to make the plaza permanent — they have collected community feedback on plantings, pedestrian lighting and other design-related matters. According to an agency rep, DOT is now reviewing that feedback and will present an updated plan to the community board next week. The permanent plaza will feature lots of fun stuff the temporary one doesn’t have: stone block seating, expanded planting areas, new concrete, a drinking fountain, two permanent chess tables, bike racks, and a rain garden. You can see DOT’s full proposal here. If the community board gives its blessing to the project, DOT will seek approval from the Public Design Commission and then move forward with construction.
In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the government, through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) began building all sorts of public works projects as a means of getting the vast number of unemployed people back to work. It was the largest and most ambitious aspect of the New Deal. Over the course of the WPA’s […]
Queens Brewery, which has been brewing beer in the borough for nearly two years, plans to establish its first brick and mortar home in Ridgewood. The brewing company posted the above photo to its Facebook account with the note, “We have a #HOME !!! 1yr 7mo 2wks + 260,160 pints later. #Introducing #QueensBrewery #HalseySt #LTrain […]
There have been reports of a new developer stepping in at 151-45 6th Road, a massive 13-acre property along the Whitestone waterfront. This site has a rather lengthy history of failed development so far. The land was zoned for manufacturing until the developers Bayrock Group bought the site for $25.75 million in 2005. The company […]
Councilman Richards Awards Nelson Mandela Grant to Four Schools [NY1] Bayside and Oakland Gardens Residents Reject Parking Lot Plan [Queens Courier] City Considers Demolishing Historic ‘Surf’s Up’ Bus Shelter for New Park [DNAinfo] Kimchi Smoke Pop-Up Arrives at Rockaway Brewing Co. [We Heart LIC] Scaffolding up at 21-30 44th Drive [Court Square Blog]
Congrats to our very own Q’Stoner writer Kevin Walsh, who also runs the website Forgotten New York. Last night the Guides Association of New York City held its first ever GANYC Apple Awards Ceremony and Forgotten New York won in the category of “Outstanding NYC Website.” Forgotten New York chronicles the little-known histories of different […]