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

11/13/14 3:00pm

71-13 60th Lane-RIDGEWOOD

Eastern Consolidated just listed the Ridgewood development 71-13 60th Lane, a 45,800-square-foot rental constructed in 2012, for $22,000,000. It’s a mix of one-, two- and three- bedroom units. According to the listing, the building’s 86 percent occupied with seven vacant units — the average monthly rent is about $35 per square foot. As Lipa Lieberman, Senior Director at Eastern Consolidated, suggests, “This has significant upside potential from below market-rate rents and the future potential to convert condominiums, as all units are free-market status.”

The building’s got two elevators, a resident parking area, a game room, resident lounge, children’s play room, and furnished roof deck. Eastern Consolidated also talks up its location in Ridgewood, suggesting that the property is an investment “in a neighborhood that will only continue to grow.” GMAP

11/11/14 10:00am


The intrigue over the “Ridgewood Tower” potentially happening along Nicholas and Myrtle Avenues continues. Wyckoff Heights noticed this post on Facebook by the New Jersey firm Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers. The firm indicates that this will be a big project indeed, with hotel, multifamily and retail space. Although Jarmel Kizel has worked with the developers of this site, AB Capstone, in the past, AB Capstone has not released any official information about the coming development.

The developers already filed demolition permits for the three warehouses on site. (At least one longtime business located there is closing.) The developers can build up to 115,000 square feet for a commercial or mixed use building.

New Hotels for Ridgewood? [Wyckoff Heights]
Is Ridgewood Getting a Residential Tower? [Q'Stoner] GMAP

11/06/14 2:00pm

336 St. Nicholas Ave-demolition-ridgewood

More “Ridgewood is changing” sentiments in the news today. Ridgewood Social noted that Robert M. Weiss Presents, a 4,000-square-foot wholesale warehouse that sells hand-painted Peruvian goods, is closing up shop on St. Nicholas Avenue. The business is actually located within that group of warehouses near the Myrtle/Wyckoff subway station slated for demolition. (Our guess is that a residential development is to come.)

The owners will be selling their goods at sale prices before they close on November 15th. The warehouse hours are from 1 to 5 pm. GMAP

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

Photo via Google Maps

11/06/14 10:00am


Oh man, New York Times. Can we forgive you for this recent “Ridgewood is like Brooklyn” article, especially considering you published the same article last year? Actually, this article has been written so many times before it’s getting hard to keep track. We’re not the only ones tired of reading it, either. Ridgewood Social felt compelled to post an open letter to the New York Times that says, among other things, “I could be totally wrong, but now the New York Times seems to be incredibly saccharine and looking towards investors. You have butchered our neighborhood with texts that scream privilege.”

Read the letter in its entirety after the jump.


11/05/14 9:00am


The Landmarks Preservation Commission scheduled the vote to designate the Central Ridgewood Historic District for December 9th. If approved, this district will protect more than three times the total number of buildings in already-landmarked districts of the neighborhood. Now, Ridgewood has two landmark districts as well as a landmarked block (Stockholm Street between Woodward and Onderdonk avenues). The proposed district, mapped above, spans 40 blocks and includes around 900 homes, mostly brick row houses built between 1900 and the mid-1920s. If it’s approved, this will be the 11th historic district in Queens, and one of the largest of its kind.

Somehow we missed this article, but in October the Times Newsweekly reported on a recent public forum held by the LPC on the matter. Residents did express concern about going through the LPC to make changes to the exterior of their home. But the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association has worked closely with the LPC to make this district happen since it was first proposed in 2010. If residents of the proposed district have questions or testimony they’d like to submit to Landmarks, they can do so via email until the hearing in December.

More Ridgewood Landmarks Near [Times Newsweekly]
Proposal for the Central Ridgewood Historic District Moves Forward [Q'Stoner]

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.