07/28/15 9:45am

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Brooklynites know Metropolitan Avenue as an east-west thoroughfare dividing the north and south sections of Williamsburg (though others consider Grand Street the true divider). It’s a street that holds some sentiment for me, as in 2010 lamppost maven Bob Mulero and I curated a NYC lamppost exhibition at the City Reliquary at 370 Metropolitan Avenue at Havemeyer Street.

I took advantage of a sunny weekend day to march the entire 13 miles (or so my iPhone indicated) of Metropolitan Avenue from the East River waterfront all the way to Jamaica, where Metropolitan peters out at the Van Wyck Expressway and Jamaica Avenue. It’s a relatively easy walk, which took me about six hours since I was constantly stopping for photographs. If you want a real workout and you’re younger than I am, you could probably power-walk the whole length in less than five hours, especially if you have good luck catching green lights.

Metropolitan Avenue was laid out in the early 19th century as the Williamsburg and Jamaica Plank Road, and was tolled in various locations. It was a farm-to-market road plied by farmers bringing wares to East River barges and then back east through fields and meadows to the town of Jamaica.

The land was sparsely settled in the early days, and the plank road was intersected only by Fresh Pond Road, 80th Street and Woodhaven Boulevard, which were all differently named then. It ran through the lost communities of Winantville and Columbusville, as well as a locale whose name is still used today, Middle Village, so named for its central location between Williamsburg and Jamaica. (more…)

06/10/15 1:00pm

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Ah, strawberries. They are great fresh, frozen, and drowned in brandy. They add life to milk, yogurt, pie, smoothies, peanut butter sandwiches, and even certain perfumes and cosmetics.

This Saturday, the Onderdonk House will host its Family Strawberry Festival in conjunction with Flag Day. Of course, strawberry shortcake and Old Glory will be front and center, but attendees can also expect classic cars from the East Coast Car Association, live music, tours of the historic Dutch Colonial stone house, old-fashioned games, and a hilarious pie-eating contest. (more…)

05/21/15 1:00pm

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The Woodside zip code – 11377 – lost more native sons during the Vietnam War than any other area in the United States. Many other neighborhood residents made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country over the past centuries, and 34 individuals who lived or worked in Woodside died during the Twin Tower terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

On Monday, members of the John V. Daniels VFW Post 2813 will honor veterans by placing a wreath at the flagpole at John Vincent Daniels Square near Roosevelt Avenue and 52nd Street at 11 am. Also, after a 10 am mass, the St. Sebastian War Veterans group will host a parade that kicks off from the St. Sebastian School parking lot at Woodside Avenue and 57th Street.

That’s only part of it. Queens has about 55,000 veteran residents, more than any other borough in New York City. It also hosts the country’s biggest Memorial Day parade (in Little Neck/Douglaston). Here’s a list of local parades scheduled for this weekend. (more…)

05/19/15 11:00am

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You could call Ridgewood’s Stockholm Street the yellow brick road of Queens. The street’s main claim to fame is a charming landmarked block boasting 36 homes built with yellow brick from the Balthazar Kreischer kilns of Staten Island. The street itself  is constructed with red-brown brick from the same kilns — and it’s the only brick-paved street in the borough.

There are similar rows of yellow brick houses elsewhere in Ridgewood and in Long Island City, but only these have the added attraction of thin, Doric-columned porches.

It makes for one of the most distinctive parts of Ridgewood — an area that’s seeing an influx of newcomers arriving via neighboring Bushwick and other Brooklyn neighborhoods. It’s an area worth a visit for those thinking about following suit, or just exploring Queens. (more…)

05/14/15 12:00pm

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This gut-renovated, one-bedroom townhouse in Ridgewood makes great use of its available space. The kitchen has lots of cabinets and counter space, and it gets good lighting thanks to the open wall between it and the living room area. The bathroom is a bit small but well-designed, with funky glass cubes lining the shower. The monthly rent comes in at $1,600.

The Q39, Q58, Q55, B20, B13, and B38 buses are all within walking distance, and the M train is four blocks away. There are grocery stores and restaurants nearby, and the Ridgewood Public Library and Rosemary’s Playground are two blocks away. Click through for more photos.

60-55 Woodbine Street [Town Residential, LLC] GMAP  (more…)

04/21/15 1:00pm

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This Wednesday marks the 45th anniversary of the first official Earth Day, which many people consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. Since it’s mid-week, there will be a few related activities on the actual day and additional ones over the weekend. Here’s a short list with information on the big Arbor Festival last.

  • Green Garden/Green Planet: Celebrate with urban gardening, sustainable art-making, hands-on workshops, and a spring garden tour with natural plant-and-backyard care tips. At 1 pm and 3 pm, participate in a workshop on starting flowers, herbs, and vegetables from seed and make a recycled bird feeder. Learn about recycling, composting, and local earth-friendly resources. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing, April 22, 1 pm to 4 pm, $4/$3 for students and children/free for infants and toddlers.
  • Earth Day Craft and Mini Garden Tour: Celebrate by taking a stroll and making a botanically themed craft. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, April 22, 3:30 pm, free.
  • Spring Fling for Earth Day: Celebrate by touring this historic house and its gardens, and enjoy crafts, games, music and entertainment. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, April 25, noon to 4 pm, $5.
  • Composting in the City: Celebrate with the NYC Compost Project, which teaches how to reduce waste and create “black gold” for gardens by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds. Queens Botanical Garden, April 25, 1 pm to 3:30 pm, registration required via compost@queensbotanical.org, $5.
  • Let’s Talk About Pollution: Celebrate by learning how to help clean up Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek. There will be time to share stories and brainstorm solutions. Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, April 25, 3 pm.
  • Arbor Festival: Activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, live music, food and craft vendors, compost demonstration and a beer tent. Queens Botanical Gardens, free with admission, but there are extra fees for some activities.

Photo: Onderdonk House

03/31/15 2:00pm

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Bierleichen, a new German-style bar slated for 582 Seneca Avenue, looks just about ready to open. The bar posted some nice photos up on its Facebook account and it is looking really good. The owners, who are also behind the Brooklyn bars The Bounty and The Drink, actually hoped to open earlier this year so they’re a little behind schedule. Bierleichen is going to serve German beers, sausages and pretzels in its new space.

Check out two more interior sneak peeks after the jump! GMAP

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03/25/15 4:00pm

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“Weird Loners,” a TV show about “four single 30-something underdogs” living in Ridgewood, premieres on Fox on March 3st. To celebrate, Ridgewood’s Queens Tavern, at 6869 Fresh Pond Road, is holding a viewing party. The event description is pretty darn funny:

Grab a beer and uncomfortably watch the first episode at Queens Tavern on their full screen! Be in awe of how large their indoor apartment is! Then ask yourself… “if that is considered weird by mainstream standards… what am I?” Make bets with your fellow friends on how long until this show gets cancelled!

P.S. The word “Quooklyn” is banned from the party.

Sarah from Ridgewood Social will be the host of the evening. Here are details on the event, which begins at 9 pm on Tuesday. See you there?

Closing Bell: “Weird Loners,” Set in Ridgewood, Will Premiere This Month [Q’Stoner]

03/20/15 3:00pm

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The cafe Milk & Pull is now open in Ridgewood, at 778 Seneca Avenue on the corner of Madison. Ridgewood Social shares tons of great photos and details on the space, which labels itself “an artisanal coffee and espresso bar.” The coffee beans come from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The menu also includes pastries (including Dough donuts), snacks, bagels and sandwiches.

Here are some details on the space from Ridgewood Social: “It is amazing how they decorated the interior. The tin ceiling is painted charcoal black and there is a ton of space to find a seat. I love the spaciousness of it.” The photos do show off what looks to be a big, relaxed cafe. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 8 am to 5 pm. GMAP

Photo by Ridgewood Social

03/18/15 12:00pm

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An affordable NYC townhouse is hard to come by these days, so we guess buyers will be interested in this townhouse at 59-46 Madison Street in Ridgewood. The brick exterior is cute but the interior is nothing special. (It never fails to shock us to see actual residents pop up in real estate listing photos.) The home is currently configured as a three-bedroom over a two-bedroom, so transforming it into a single-family home would be a big renovation job. There’s also a nice big backyard. The ask comes in at $699,000.

See interior photos on the jump page.

59-46 Madison Street [Charles Rutenberg] GMAP

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