How much do we love this three-bedroom rental in Ridgewood? Let us count the ways. The home is lovely inside and out, with features like hardwood floors, stained glass and crown molding. The unit has its own porch and backyard. And, it costs a reasonable $1,800 a month. Very nice indeed.
There’s a new rental development in town, at 17-21 Woodbine Street in Ridgewood. The developers, Stuyvesant Group, purchased the six-family building back in May. At the time it was in major disrepair, with significant mildew damage, and the developers completely gutted the interior and built out four three-bedroom units and two four-bedrooms units. All apartments have their own HVAC, hot water, video intercoms, modern kitchens and bathrooms. The ground floor units, which each have private backyard space, are priced at $2,995 a month. Rents for the apartments on the floors above are priced between $2,400 and $2,795. Miron Properties is handling the leasing — check out listings here.
Building amenities include a roof deck, bike storage, separate storage units, a laundry room and a gym in the cellar. The shared hallways are also covered in art done by the local artist Raul Ayala. After the jump, you can see lots of interior photos of the apartments, amenity spaces and the artwork. GMAP
The rental development planned for 176 Woodward Avenue, on the corner of Starr Street, is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Times Newsweekly tweeted that this week, Community Board 5 voted to approve a zoning conversion for the industrial area between Woodward, Starr, Onderdonk and Flushing to accommodate residential use. CB5 held a public hearing on the matter in March.
The developers will still need city approval for the rezoning before they start building. The development will include 88 units, 120 parking spots and ground floor retail.
Itzhaki Properties just announced the sale of the commercial and residential property at 5823-25 Myrtle Avenue, between Putnam Avenue and Madison Street in Ridgewood. The buyer picked up the building for $3,250,000. A teardown is possible: the 4,264-square-foot property has a total of 11,688 buildable square feet, and it’ll be delivered to the buyer vacant. The three-story building currently holds five residential units and five commercial units, including a men’s clothing store and a dentist office.
As you might have guessed, Itzhaki Properties has something to say about all the attention Ridgewood’s been getting lately. In a press release sales associate Baruch Edelkopf stated, “The Ridgewood neighborhood is on the rise and everyone is taking note. Many investors are now looking at Ridgewood as the next lucrative real estate marketplace, and based on our recent transactions we have to agree.” GMAP
Locally-owned gastropub Dish Ridgewood is now open at 57-42 Myrtle Avenue, between Weirfield and Centre Streets. According to the Facebook page, Dish will serve “Country Breakfast, Hand Smashed Burgers, and delicious BBQ.” There’s no menu available yet, although we know the focus will be on the BBQ. If you try the spot out, send your review to our tipline and we’ll publish it on Q’Stoner.
Wyckoff Heights posted the above rendering of 482-484 Seneca Avenue, between Harman Street and Greene Avenue in Ridgewood. The owner of the site, which now houses a factory, filed plans to enlarge the existing building to hold 16 residential units. The DOB approved plans last August. The architect of record, according to permits, is Charles Mallea.
Wyckoff Heights brings up some questions about the unique rendering in question. According to them, “The approved plans are for a 50-foot, four-story building while the image appears to show a six story building; the massing is somewhat different than the approved zoning diagram; and the neighboring buildings — a funeral home and a laundromat — bear no resemblance to what is shown in the rendering.” So we’ll see if this ends up being the final product. What do you make of the design?
Have you heard that Ridgewood is the nexthip neighborhood in NYC? Yeah, we thought so. Just in case you weren’t sure, the New York Daily News profiled the growing neighborhood this morning. Ridgewood: it’s got hip restaurants like Bunker, the art and music space Silent Barn, it’s close to the L train, and it’s got industrial areas that appeal to creative types as well as Renaissance Revival residential blocks. Rents are going up, with two bedrooms priced around $1,450 a month and one bedrooms asking between $1,100 and $1,300. To buy a home here, prices hover around $700,000.
Yesterday Ridgewood Social profiled a pretty cool-looking new restaurant under construction in the neighborhood. The place is called Dish and Ridgewood Social says it’ll operate as a “locally owned gastropub.” The main item on the menu will be barbecue. The location of this new spot is near the corner of Myrtle and Forest avenues. Ridgewood Social guesses it’ll open in about one month. GMAP
On the heels of this new luxury rental development, plans to convert the Knockdown Center into an event space, as well as concerns of gentrification coming to the neighborhood, there is a fear that Ridgewood’s IBZ zone is threatened. (IBZs are an initiative developed in 2006 to prevent manufacturing businesses from getting priced out of the neighborhood, with the city’s promise not to rezone those areas.) The Times Ledger reports: “One or two high-profile projects like the Knockdown Center may be enough to tip the balance of an IBZ, according to Adam Friedman, executive director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, an organization that promotes equitable and sustainable development.”
Friedman’s fear is that as the neighborhood becomes more and more developed, property owners will start rising rents accordingly. Manufacturing businesses will assume their time in the neighborhood is limited, and stop investing in the area. Do you think Ridgewood will follow the similar path of its neighbors, Bushwick and Williamsburg, in which much of the manufacturing space has been turned over to housing?