12/16/14 2:00pm


This has really been a busy year for Ridgewood, what with all the trend pieces and landmarking and new business openings. This week brings two more arrivals to the neighborhood, Topos Bookstore and Buttah Bakery.

Topos Bookstore is located at 788 Woodward Avenue, between Putnam Avenue and Madison Street. We hear there’s a good selection of books, including children’s books. Ridgewood Beat noted that there was an open house Sunday night, with an official grand opening coming soon. Then there’s Buttah Bakery, under construction at 377 Onderdonk Avenue between Stanhope and Stockholm Streets. The owners, two sisters from Williamsburg, gave Ridgewood Social some more details on the coming opening: “Buttah is an American bakery committed to using the freshest and highest quality ingredients. All of our items are freshly baked daily from scratch on premise. Our menu includes many sweet and savory American and Italian-American classic treats with a twist. We don’t have a Grand Opening date yet but we’re hoping for before the holidays.” Two very nice additions to the nabe!

Photo via Facebook

12/10/14 9:00am


Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved the designation of the Central Ridgewood Historic District. The district spans 40 blocks of the neighborhood and covers 990 buildings — more than three times the total number of buildings in already-landmarked districts of Ridgewood. The district mostly consists of brick rowhouses built in the early 1900s, and includes the streetscapes of 69th Avenue, Madison Street, Catalpa Avenue (above), and the Meyerrose House at 66-75 Forest Avenue. Prominent architects featured in the area are Louis Berger (the architect of record for over 5,000 buildings in the Ridgewood-Bushwick area) and Paul Stier (who built about half of the houses in the Central Ridgewood Historic District). This district is, according to the LPC, “One of the most harmonious and architecturally-distinguished enclaves of working-class dwellings built in New York City during the early twentieth century.” Here are more details from the LPC:

The detailing of the buildings is mainly in the Renaissance Revival Style, often mixed with elements from other styles, such as Romanesque Revival and neo-Grec. Many of the buildings’ original brownstone stoops, cut-glass and wood doors, and iron fences, railings and gates remain intact, as do most of the pressed-metal cornices. Representing a cohesive collection of speculative urban architecture, the row houses in the Central Ridgewood Historic District retain a high level of architectural integrity and represent an important part of housing development in New York City.

This is the third historic district for Ridgewood, and the 11th for Queens. Check out two more photos of buildings in the district after the jump.

All Central Ridgewood Historic District coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photos via the LPC (more…)

12/05/14 2:00pm


Soon after the cocktail bar Onderdonk & Sons opened on Onderdonk Avenue, we got word of a Belgian beer bar slated to open on Fresh Pond Road. Called The Monk, the bar specializes primarily in Belgian beers and will have a strict “no TV” policy. According to Bedford and Bowery, “The name of the bar is an homage to the Trappist Monks who famously brew their own beer, considered among the best in the world.” There will be eight rotating beers on tap, a unique selection of bottled beers, and a backyard to drink in when the weather’s warm.

The grand opening is tomorrow, Saturday, from 5 pm to 2 am. Regular hours will be Monday through Thursday, 5 pm to midnight, Friday from 5 pm to 2 am, Saturday from 2 pm to 2 am, and Sunday from 2 pm to midnight. The Monk is located at 68-67 Fresh Pond Road, just north of Myrtle Avenue. GMAP

12/04/14 4:00pm


Today marked the ribbon cutting for the re-named Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus, formerly PS 290, located at 55-20 Metropolitan Avenue in Ridgewood. PS 290 first opened in 2010 when it was co-habitating with middle school IS 73. Construction started on a new, five-story dedicated school building last year, and work moved along steadily. According to a press release issued by Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, the Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus offers 616 seats for pre-k through 5th grade. The new building includes two playgrounds, a gym that also serves as an auditorium, a second gym, a library and 23 classrooms, including a science room and lab.

The name was given in honor of the late congresswoman and activist Geraldine Ferraro, who once had an office a few blocks away while serving for New York’s 9th District.

Photo via Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan

12/03/14 2:00pm


Last Friday, the bar Onderdonk & Sons opened in Ridgewood at 566 Onderdonk Avenue, between Bleecker and Menahan Streets. They are open everyday from 4 pm, with a happy hour from 4 to 7 pm (draughts for $4 and all cocktails for $5). Cocktails, which normally cost $7, include a Moscow Mule, a “Poor Man’s Sangria” and a Fall Harvest, served with apple shrub and sweet vermouth. There’s also a modest selection of canned beers and wine.

The spot looks beautiful, with exposed brick, leather booths and tin ceilings. Onderdonk & Sons also plans to start serving burgers and brunch soon. GMAP

Photo via Facebook

12/02/14 2:00pm


What’s up at Julia’s, the beer and wine bar under construction at 818 Woodward Avenue in Ridgewood? The owners of the space, who also operate the local cafe Norma’s, planned to open in late September, but that date has come and gone. According to Julia’s Facebook, the opening date became murky while waiting for approvals from the Department of Buildings. But their latest update seems promising: “As you guys know, we have been at a standstill for a while now, waiting on the approval from the Department of Buildings. We finally have an inspection date! This Tuesday [today] the DOB will be coming to Julia’s and we’ll finally get an idea of when we can open. Wish us luck, we’ll keep you posted.” Good luck, guys!

Once open, the bar will serve a variety of New York craft beers (featuring Finback, Bridge and Tunnel and Transmitter Breweries) alongside a menu of charcuterie and cheese plates.

Julia’s Beer and Wine Bar Looks Ready to Open Soon in Ridgewood [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Photo via Facebook

12/01/14 3:00pm


Two four-story, seven-unit apartment buildings are slated for Ridgewood, at 18-14 and 18-16 Gates Avenue off the Seneca Avenue M. Queens Chronicle reports that the Rego Park development company Diego Aguilera Architects submitted DOB paperwork in late November for the two developments, which will both rise 40 feet and hold 4,800 square feet of space. There will be two units on the first three floors, with only one unit for the top floor. No renderings or a construction timeline just yet.

Two New Apartment Buildings for Ridgewood [Queens Chronicle] GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

11/25/14 12:00pm


Calling all renovators! This Ridgewood townhouse at 18-40 Summerfield Street has got promise but it’s going to need a lot of work. It’s currently configured as three different apartments over a semi-finished basement, but this would be beautiful as a single-family home. The single interior photo shows that there are still traces of original detail to work with. There’s also a (rundown) two-car garage and (rundown) backyard space. Basically, work will be needed all around, which is why we think the ask of $887,000 is just too high. What say you?

18-40 Summerfield Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

11/24/14 10:00am


Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, operating out of Maspeth since 2012, has signed a lease on a warehouse space in Ridgewood. Bridge and Tunnel was an extremely small endeavor in Maspeth — just a nano brewery brewing 1.5 barrel batches. The much-expanded space in Ridgewood will allow for more beer production as well as a bar serving those beers. Here’s a snippet from the announcement on Facebook: “With the nano system operating in all of 150 square feet, this new space will allow for more production, as well as a brewery that you all can actually come by to visit, have a beer, shoot the shite, etc.”

Beers made by Bridge and Tunnel include a dark German style wheat beer, a brown ale, a milk and oatmeal stout, and a chipotle porter. Currently you can drink them at places like MP Taverna, Open Door, The Queens Kickshaw and Claret (here’s the full list of bars). There’s no exact opening date for the brewery yet, but the owner has roots in Ridgewood and hopes to get things moving in the neighborhood in the next few months.

Photo via Facebook

11/19/14 12:00pm


Well, the listing photos stink for this one-bedroom apartment at 17-30 Bleecker Street, in Ridgewood, but it still looks like an interesting property. It’s nicely sized at 1,000 square feet with some charming interior details. The listing says that this is a railroad apartment with a second entrance to make it a convertible two bedroom. That layout isn’t going to be for everyone, but it will probably attract student types. We ultimately think the monthly rent, at $1,800 a month, is high. Do you agree?

17-30 Bleecker Street [Charles Rutenberg] GMAP