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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03/13/15 11:00am

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AB Capstone posted a rendering for a mega development that looks to be slated for Ridgewood. We’re going off very little info from AB Capstone — their description only specifies that this is a mixed use development in Queens — but it pretty perfectly matches up to this property they purchased last fall. Located at 3-36 St. Nicholas Avenue, 3-50 St. Nicholas Avenue and 54-27 Myrtle Avenue, it’s an uneven parcel situated right next to the elevated train tracks (which were included in the rendering above). There are no DOB applications filed yet for development, only applications to demolish the current warehouses on site.

Back then, we noted that a mixed-use development could be built up to 115,000 square feet. AB Capstone specifies a total of 200,000, and it looks like there will be plenty of ground-floor commercial space included. We’ve reached out to AB Capstone so stay tuned for more…

Is Ridgewood Getting a Residential Tower? [Q'Stoner] GMAP

03/12/15 4:00pm

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The TV show “Weird Loners” is set to run on Fox March 31st, according to Queens Courier. The show, work of the co-creator behind The King of Queens, is all about “four single 30-something underdogs who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens townhouse.” While the story is set in Ridgewood, it’s shot in Los Angeles, and the current script doesn’t include direct references to the neighborhood. Creator and executive producer Michael J. Weithorn, however, hopes that through the show, “We will get the chance to tell the world about Queens.” Doesn’t the world already know?

New Fox Comedy Set in Queens Premiering March 31 [Queens Courier]
New TV Show, “Weird Loners,” Will Take Place in Ridgewood [Q'Stoner]

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Queens Brewery, who announced their first-ever brick and mortar location last week, have something pretty special in the works for Ridgewood. The location of the brewery is 15-39 Covert Street, between Wyckoff and Irving avenues and just a block away from the Halsey Street L train. Nelson Rockefeller, the founder of Queens Brewery, searched for a space for about three years with two things in mind. He wanted the brewery to be located in Queens, and he also wanted it close to the L train. As for settling on this particular warehouse, “It was the right place at the right time,” Jason Grad, a rep for the brewery, told us. “This area of Ridgewood was primed for moving in.”

Construction will kick off in the next couple of months, with an anticipated opening in September. On the first floor of the warehouse they are building out a beer hall; the second floor is where the brewing will take place. The warehouse also comes with a large outdoor space, and there are plans to eventually open that area as a beer garden. Next month, Queens Brewery plans to launch a Kickstarter to help funding for the new equipment and construction costs.

That’s not the only exciting news Queens Brewery has to share. The beer will be served at Citi Field this summer, and there are also plans in the works to widely release the beer in cans. (If you own a bar and are interested in stocking the cans, get in touch with jason@queensbrewery.com.) Check out a photo of the future cans after the jump.

Queens Brewery Plans to Set up Shop in Ridgewood [Q'Stoner] GMAP

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Queens Brewery, which has been brewing beer in the borough for nearly two years, plans to establish its first brick and mortar home in Ridgewood. The brewing company posted the above photo to its Facebook account with the note, “We have a ‪#‎HOME‬ !!! 1yr 7mo 2wks + 260,160 pints later. ‪#‎Introducing‬ ‪#‎QueensBrewery‬ ‪#‎HalseySt‬ ‪#‎LTrain‬ ‪#‎drinklocal‬ ‪#‎themeltingbarrel‬.” Queens Brewery joins Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, who signed a lease on a Ridgewood warehouse late last year.

We’ve reached out to the folks at Queens Brewery for more details on their opening and how they plan to build out the warehouse, so stay tuned…

Photo via Facebook

03/02/15 12:00pm

62-47-60th-street

Someone’s trying to cash in on this Ridgewood property at 62-47 60th Street, which currently houses a single-family home but could accommodate a much larger development. The asking price? $2.8 million. The lot is a total of 6,500 square feet. It’s currently built up to a FAR of .29, but zoning allows construction for a FAR up to 1.35 (which would translate to roughly a 8,775-square-foot development). Zoning also allows for both residential and commercial use.

Given the growing interest in Ridgewood these days, we’d say there’s a high likelihood the existing home is getting the tear down. The property just has to sell first.

62-47 60th Street [Exit Kingdom Realty] GMAP