10/29/14 2:00pm


Coming soon to the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick, at 205 Cypress Avenue: a cafe, bar and vintage store called The Keep. Bushwick Daily writes that it’ll officially open at 8 pm on Halloween. Here’s what the owners have planned: “Café and vintage shop by day offering rustic roman small plates for brunch and dinner; with wi-fi, reading nooks and crannies, backgammon, music, funky mannequins and more.” There will also be a bar open in the evenings serving beer, wine and cocktails, as well as entertainment as varied as DJs, magic shows, tarot/psychic readings, vaudeville, burlesque and dinner parties. Sounds like a pretty unique addition to the nabe, obviously catering toward the hipster set. The Keep’s hours will be from 8 am to 4 am.

House of Curiosities Style Café/Bar, The Keep Is Opening at Bushwick/Ridgewood Border [Bushwick Daily] GMAP

Photo via The Keep

10/29/14 10:00am

ridgewood tower

More big development looks very likely for Ridgewood’s future. The owner of three commercial buildings along Nicolas and Myrtle Avenues filed DOB permits for demolition. Wyckoff Heights, who outlined the property in the map above, notes the addresses as 3-36 St. Nicholas Avenue, 3-50 St. Nicholas Avenue and and 54-27 Myrtle Avenue. (Conveniently, right near the Myrtle/Wyckoff subway station.)

The large site can accommodate some serious development. According to Wyckoff Heights, “The C4-3 zoning would permit a residential building as large as 13 stories and 82,000 SF with 120 dwelling units, or a commercial or mixed-use building up to 115,000 SF.” The owner has not filed for any new building permits yet, but is listed under the LLC of Ridgewood Tower — seems likely we have residential development ahead. Wyckoff Heights traced the owner back to the development company AB Capstone, which looks to specialize in modern, glassy buildings.

Demolition Applications Filed for “Ridgewood Tower” [Wyckoff Heights]

10/23/14 1:00pm


Hitler was the self-declared führer of Germany, Babe Ruth was playing his last professional games, and Bonnie & Clyde were on the run in 1934, when Rudy’s Bakery and Café opened on Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood. The neighborhood was largely German back then, and the eatery was known for its bienenstich and strudel. The owners, patrons, and menu have changed a bit over the years, but Rudy’s remains a traditional bakery and community anchor. This Saturday, the establishment will celebrate its 80th birthday with some sweet deals as baked goods — Black Forest cake, doughnuts, linzertorte and the time-tested strudel – will cost 80 cents a piece.

The anniversary coincides with the Seneca Avenue Stroll, hosted by the Myrtle Avenue BID and the NYC Department of Transportation. The block between Myrtle and Catalpa avenues will be closed to traffic on Saturday so the following entities can provide samples of their treats to passers-by: Ridgewood Eats, 903 Seneca; Rudy’s Bakery, 905 Seneca; Nepalese Indian Restaurant, 907 Seneca; and Zum Stammtisch, 69-46 Myrtle. Other local providers, such as BelGioioso Cheese, Finback Brewery, Wilk Apiary, and Viola Pretzels, will participate too.


Details: Seneca Avenue Stroll, Seneca Avenue between Myrtle and Catalpa avenues, Ridgewood, October 25th, noon to 5 pm.

Top photo: Nepalese Indian Restaurant; middle photo: Rudy’s Bakery

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