10/16/14 10:00am


Tonight, the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association along with the Landmarks Preservation Commission are holding a public meeting regarding the proposed Central Ridgewood Historic District. The Times Newsweekly ran a Facebook post announcing the meeting, and reports that the landmarking effort would protect around 900 homes in the area. As the Times Newsweekly said in an article on the proposed district, published way back in 2010, “The Central Ridgewood district, if enacted, would protect more than three times the total number of buildings in Ridgewood landmark districts.” (Currently, there are two districts in the neighborhood landmarked, as well as a block of Stockholm Street between Woodward and Onderdonk avenues.)

The proposed district, which spans 40 different blocks of the neighborhood, includes brick rowhouses built in the early 1900s and located in the grey area mapped above. The architecture firm Louis Berger and Company designed many of the rowhouses in question, and many of his Renaissance Revival details remain well preserved in the neighborhood.

The meeting tonight starts at 7 pm at the Cardella Center, which is located at the corner of Fresh Pond Road and Catalpa Avenue.

10/15/14 12:00pm


Here’s another cheap rental to come out of Ridgewood, this one at 20-21 Woodbine Street near the Forest Avenue M. It looks quirky, probably ideal for a share setup. The listing photos don’t really give a sense of size and there’s no square footage listed — the kitchen, however, appears spacious. In the end this apartment will get some interest because of the asking rent. It first hit the market asking $1,880 and it was just raised to $1,895. Still cheap for a three bedroom, if all the bedrooms are decently sized.

20-21 Woodbine Street [Prime Realty] GMAP

10/14/14 2:00pm


Ridgewood Social posted the above photo to its Facebook page of a new bakery at 67-14 Fresh Pond Road. It just opened yesterday, and is located right outside the Fresh Pond M station, off 67th Avenue. Ridgewood Social doesn’t offer many details, but it looks like a pretty typical morning cafe with coffee, pastries and a sit-down option. Seems like a nice spot to stop before a subway commute. GMAP

10/02/14 12:00pm


Construction shots aside, we are really digging this townhouse rental at 60-58 68th Road, in Ridgewood. It seems perfect for a student/artist/young person share, with four bedrooms (the listing also says it’s a convertible five bedroom) and three bathrooms. It’s reasonably priced at $3,996 a month, although that’s taking into account two months “free” rent with an 18 month lease. As for that interior, it looks a little shabby chic and it’s got a great garden and what looks to be a solid kitchen renovation. Our guess? It won’t last on the market long at all.

60-58 68th Road, #2 [Town Residential] GMAP

1Forest Hills Gardens
52 Deepdene Road
Broker: Terrace Sotheby’s
Price: $1,780,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

timthumbJackson Heights
33-12 89th Street
Broker: Keller Williams
Price: $1,200,000
Sunday, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

4Jamaica Estates
187-16 Cambridge Road
Broker: Chous Realty Group
Price: $975,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

60-11 68th Road
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $599,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

09/11/14 12:00pm


Here’s a project for all the aspiring home renovators out there. This two-family house, at 66-37 60th Place in Ridgewood, is asking $799,000. It’s got a great, historic facade but the interior looks like it’ll need a partial gut. There are some beautiful hardwood floors and a stairway, among other things, that look worth saving. There’s also a three-car garage and a paved backyard that’s begging for a renovation. Given the amount of work required here, we think the ask is high. Do you agree?

66-37 60th Place [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

09/10/14 2:00pm


Lookin’ good! The owners of the Ridgewood cafe Norma’s are making serious progress on their beer-focused bar and restaurant at 818 Woodward Avenue, near Cornelia Street. Dubbed Julia’s, it should hopefully open in late September. There will be a good selection of New York-made beers as well as a menu with charcuterie and cheese plates. (The meat will come from Morscher’s, a neighborhood institution.) Check out one more interior shot after the jump, and keep up-to-date with Julia’s progress on Facebook. GMAP


09/09/14 3:00pm

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Here’s a recent shot of the construction project at 779 Wyckoff Avenue, on the corner of Madison Street just off Myrtle Avenue. This Ridgewood warehouse is in the process of going rental — it originally rose two stories; the top three levels are a new addition. The addition actually doesn’t look half bad, with an attempt made to align the window design with the former warehouse. (We wonder if the original brick will be reclad?) The architect is the firm Gerald J Caliendo Architects.

Once construction wraps, this will hold 28 rental units, as well as an enclosed parking area. No word on pricing or an exact finish date yet. Check out another construction shot after the jump…

Ridgewood Factory Conversion in the Works [Q'Stoner] GMAP (more…)

09/04/14 2:00pm


The uber-hip music venue Trans-Pecos, located at 915 Wyckoff Avenue in Ridgewood, has a lot going for it this upcoming fall season. Brooklyn Vegan posted an update from the owners, who say that “Trans-Pecos’ full liquor license is in process to be issued by the New York State Liquor Authority, and was recently approved by Queens Community Board 5.” The venue will have a dry period this month, starting September 13th, before the liquor license is issued. Trans-Pecos also opened the El Camino Cafe last month inside the venue, and it’s open from most days from noon to 8 pm. Hours are expected to expand soon. And finally, the backyard space was just fully renovated with “custom wood tables and stools, patio tiki lighting, and plant life.” It’ll be open as a bar area once the liquor license comes through.

For a list of upcoming music shows here, check out Brooklyn Vegan. GMAP

Photo by Ridgefood via Twitter

09/03/14 11:00am

11-25 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood.Stahl Meyer franks, Stahlmeyer.com 2New York City is a hot dog city. The frankfurter, wiener, tube steak, hot dog; whatever you want to call it, was invented right here in New York. At Coney Island, to be specific. Although there are conflicting stories, most people credit German immigrant Charles Feltman with the invention of the American hot dog, a cooked sausage served on a bun so that it did not have to be handled with the fingers, or need a fork and a plate.

Feltman first served his frankfurters in his restaurant on Coney Island in the 1870s, and over the next several decades, the hot dog made him rich beyond his dreams. In 1916, one of his employees, Nathan Handwerker, with the help of his wife, came up with an even better tasting recipe, and a better price, and Nathan’s Famous became synonymous with this cheap and satisfying food, the staple of Coney Island, and a quintessential New York favorite.

Almost all of the words that are used to name hot dogs are German, and that’s because the hot dog is really a variation on Germanic sausage recipes.” Frankfurter” is derived from Frankfurt, Germany, and “wiener” refers to “Wien,” the German name for Vienna, Austria. Unfortunately, the word “dog” in relationship to sausages also comes from the Germans of yesteryear, who often called any kind of sausage a dog, a bad joke pertaining to the rumors of dog meat in sausages, a rumor as old as 1845. It wasn’t always an urban legend, either. (more…)