02/23/15 2:50pm


The corner of Woodward Avenue and Troutman Street, in Ridgewood, is going residential. A developer just filed two Department of Buildings permits for the site at 175 Woodward Avenue, formerly home to a garage. The first permit is for a four-story, four-unit building with 3,600 square feet of residential space. The second permit is for a three-story, four-unit building with 2,403 square feet of commercial space and 2,937 square feet of residential space. No renderings or a construction timeline yet, but we’ve reached out to the developer for more details. Stay tuned… GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

02/23/15 12:00pm


This one-bedroom, two-bathroom condo around the Ridgewood/Bushwick border is on the market. It’s a spacious airy loft with 1,133 square feet, an open kitchen, lots of windows and a private terrace. The building — which now looks almost castle-like — was a former newspaper headquarters. We’re digging the lofty vibe of the apartment, but we still think the ask is too high for the neighborhood. The price tag comes in at $749,000.

852 Cypress Avenue, #3H [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

02/20/15 2:00pm


A new cafe has set up shop in Ridgewood — Coffeenesse, at 64-02 68th Avenue. (It’s the old Casey Jones Saloon space.) Here’s some info on the joint from Ridgewood Social: “The goal of Coffeenesse is to offer delicious coffee as well tasty sandwiches. I had a pressed turkey sandwich with brie and it was really, really good. Probably one of the best sandwiches I had in Ridgewood.”

There’s a nice selection of specialty coffee, tea, pastries and food. It looks cozy, too. Hours are from 7 am to 8 pm. GMAP

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02/19/15 3:00pm


Yesterday, a Greiner-Maltz listing surfaced that marketed the rezoned development site at Woodward Avenue and Troutman Street for $33 million. It seemed like plans for the 88-unit rental — which includes affordable housing and 3,000 square feet of affordable rental space for artists and community groups — were off. Turns out that is not the case. The building rendered above, developed by Slate Property Group, is very much still happening. A rep reported to us that “the listing was posted in error, and has since been removed.”

Queens Chronicle also reports that Slate “had every intention of moving forward with the project at 176 Woodward Ave. and that a real estate listing for the property was put online in error by Greiner Maltz Investment Properties on Feb. 6.” (A broker apparently listed the property without authority, which sounds bizarre to us.) There is no set date for the groundbreaking yet; the developers are still working on financing.

RETRACTED: Ridgewood Rental Site Seeks $33 Million [Q'Stoner]
All 176 Woodward Avenue coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

02/18/15 3:00pm


Remember that brand new, 88-unit rental proposed for Woodward Avenue and Troutman Street in Ridgewood? After the city approved a zoning change to develop it, it looks like the property owners would rather sell. Wyckoff Heights found a listing from the brokerage firm Greiner-Maltz; the entire rezoned parcel is on the market for $33 million. According to public records, the un-zoned parcel sold to the current owners in 2012 for $1,152,580.

The property owner had proposed 88 rental apartments with 50 percent designated as affordable, as well as 3,000 square feet of affordable rental space for artists and community groups. The listing states that a buyer could build up to 155 units with 43 of them affordable. UPDATE: Turns out this site is NOT on the market — the Greiner-Maltz listing was posted in error, and has since been removed.

Rezoned Ridgewood Property on the Market for $33 Million [Wyckoff Heights]
All 176 Woodward Avenue coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

02/11/15 9:00am


A tipster recently passed along news that the four-story warehouse at 46-55 Metropolitan Avenue — right next door to the popular Ridgewood restaurant Bun-Ker — is slated to become artist studios. The tip was confirmed by a contact listed on this Department of Buildings application, which specifies an “interior renovation with partition works on 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor.” (Requests to the actual building owner went unanswered.) We couldn’t get any more specifics, except that the warehouse will be converted into commercial spaces for artistic use. (We’re wondering if it could be something like the now-defunct 3rd Ward art workspace in nearby Bushwick.) No word on the construction timeline, although the DOB issued permits to begin the interior renovation this month.

The warehouse is a total of 32,400 square feet with 8,100 square feet per floor and 13-foot ceilings. According to public records, it sold in December for $5,300,000. GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

02/04/15 4:00pm


This looks like a cool event coming up in February: Transportation Alternatives Queens is hosting a “social ride” on the subway for Sunday, February 15th. The trip begins at 10 am at the Roosevelt Avenue station, then will make stops in Coney Island, Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Beach. Transportation Alternatives activists will provide local history along the way, and there will be places to stop and eat. All you have to bring is your Metrocard! For all the details on this event, check out the Facebook page.

01/28/15 9:00am


Crain’s released this rendering of the largest residential project now underway in Ridgewood, at 16-14 and 16-26 Madison Street between Myrtle and Wyckoff avenues. The developer Essex Capital purchased the warehouse site last September for $4,700,000 and filed building permits in January. Construction is now underway and should last until the summer of 2016.

The seven-story building will hold 90 units (mostly one and two bedrooms), as well as “a WeWork-style business center” for renters who work from home — as Crain’s points out, this amenity is “largely associated with trendy neighborhoods like Williamsburg.” The developer told Crain’s, “We view Ridgewood as having an separate identity and a separate desirability from whatever places like Bushwick are offering,” but it’s pretty clear this building will try to target younger residents who might otherwise reside in Bushwick.

Work begins on Ridgewood, Queens’ Biggest Project [Crain's]
All 16-14 Madison Street coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Rendering via Essex Capital

01/26/15 1:00pm


I was invited to attend the annual Ridgewood Democratic Club brunch over on Putnam Avenue last Saturday. The event raises funds for the upkeep and renovation of the building which has housed the organization since 1917. I was there last year as well, and my colleague Kevin Walsh offered this post describing the building at Q’Stoner back in 2013. The structure holds a collection of political memorabilia – campaign posters and so on – which is unparalleled in my experience. This year’s brunch had food and beverages provided by Congressman Joseph Crowley‘s office, although the Congressman was unable to attend as he was on a trip to India with President Obama.

Having arrived a bit early, as is my habit, I was treated to a short tour of the second floor which is undergoing renovation. Coming back down the grand stairs, a buzzy crowd and the smell of fresh coffee greeted me.

More after the jump… (more…)

01/23/15 3:00pm


The NYC Compost Project is setting up compost sites in both Ridgewood and Kew Gardens, according to DNAinfo. In March, the initiative will bring pop-up sites to both neighborhoods that will accept fruit and vegetable scraps from residents. Locations will pop up once a week for a few hours, and then the compost will go toward local farms and community gardens. NYC Compost is still trying to decide on actual locations for the scrap drop offs — you can help them decide by filling out this survey.

There are plans for future compost sites in Corona and Pomonok, too. Currently, you can drop off scaps at the Jackson Heights and Forest Hills greenmarkets.

Kew Gardens and Ridgewood to Get Composting Sites [DNAinfo]

Photo via the Compost Collective’s Facebook