09/11/14 12:00pm


Here’s a project for all the aspiring home renovators out there. This two-family house, at 66-37 60th Place in Ridgewood, is asking $799,000. It’s got a great, historic facade but the interior looks like it’ll need a partial gut. There are some beautiful hardwood floors and a stairway, among other things, that look worth saving. There’s also a three-car garage and a paved backyard that’s begging for a renovation. Given the amount of work required here, we think the ask is high. Do you agree?

66-37 60th Place [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

09/10/14 2:00pm


Lookin’ good! The owners of the Ridgewood cafe Norma’s are making serious progress on their beer-focused bar and restaurant at 818 Woodward Avenue, near Cornelia Street. Dubbed Julia’s, it should hopefully open in late September. There will be a good selection of New York-made beers as well as a menu with charcuterie and cheese plates. (The meat will come from Morscher’s, a neighborhood institution.) Check out one more interior shot after the jump, and keep up-to-date with Julia’s progress on Facebook. GMAP


09/09/14 3:00pm

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Here’s a recent shot of the construction project at 779 Wyckoff Avenue, on the corner of Madison Street just off Myrtle Avenue. This Ridgewood warehouse is in the process of going rental — it originally rose two stories; the top three levels are a new addition. The addition actually doesn’t look half bad, with an attempt made to align the window design with the former warehouse. (We wonder if the original brick will be reclad?) The architect is the firm Gerald J Caliendo Architects.

Once construction wraps, this will hold 28 rental units, as well as an enclosed parking area. No word on pricing or an exact finish date yet. Check out another construction shot after the jump…

Ridgewood Factory Conversion in the Works [Q'Stoner] GMAP (more…)

09/04/14 2:00pm


The uber-hip music venue Trans-Pecos, located at 915 Wyckoff Avenue in Ridgewood, has a lot going for it this upcoming fall season. Brooklyn Vegan posted an update from the owners, who say that “Trans-Pecos’ full liquor license is in process to be issued by the New York State Liquor Authority, and was recently approved by Queens Community Board 5.” The venue will have a dry period this month, starting September 13th, before the liquor license is issued. Trans-Pecos also opened the El Camino Cafe last month inside the venue, and it’s open from most days from noon to 8 pm. Hours are expected to expand soon. And finally, the backyard space was just fully renovated with “custom wood tables and stools, patio tiki lighting, and plant life.” It’ll be open as a bar area once the liquor license comes through.

For a list of upcoming music shows here, check out Brooklyn Vegan. GMAP

Photo by Ridgefood via Twitter

09/03/14 11:00am

11-25 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood.Stahl Meyer franks, Stahlmeyer.com 2New York City is a hot dog city. The frankfurter, wiener, tube steak, hot dog; whatever you want to call it, was invented right here in New York. At Coney Island, to be specific. Although there are conflicting stories, most people credit German immigrant Charles Feltman with the invention of the American hot dog, a cooked sausage served on a bun so that it did not have to be handled with the fingers, or need a fork and a plate.

Feltman first served his frankfurters in his restaurant on Coney Island in the 1870s, and over the next several decades, the hot dog made him rich beyond his dreams. In 1916, one of his employees, Nathan Handwerker, with the help of his wife, came up with an even better tasting recipe, and a better price, and Nathan’s Famous became synonymous with this cheap and satisfying food, the staple of Coney Island, and a quintessential New York favorite.

Almost all of the words that are used to name hot dogs are German, and that’s because the hot dog is really a variation on Germanic sausage recipes.” Frankfurter” is derived from Frankfurt, Germany, and “wiener” refers to “Wien,” the German name for Vienna, Austria. Unfortunately, the word “dog” in relationship to sausages also comes from the Germans of yesteryear, who often called any kind of sausage a dog, a bad joke pertaining to the rumors of dog meat in sausages, a rumor as old as 1845. It wasn’t always an urban legend, either. (more…)

09/02/14 4:00pm


Edgemere Farm, a community farm in the Rockaways, just wrapped its first summer season. Rockawayist writes that the Thursday night farm dinners, which ran through the summer, have come to a wrap. But the farm will still be open on Saturdays to pick up fresh produce — right now there is a variety of tomatoes, peppers and herbs. You can check it out for yourself at 385 Beach 45th Street, right off Beach Channel Drive. GMAP

Photos via Rockawayist

08/26/14 4:00pm


Here’s a lovely ode by NY City Lens to the Ridgewood Theatre, which will be converted to a residential development. The theater stopped running in 2008 and has remained empty ever since. The article captures a brief summer moment in the theater’s life:

With its entrance boarded up, a single plywood panel remains ajar to let some air into the stillness of the excavated theatre. Inside, everything is bathed in shadow, as elusive as the future of the once grand space, now on the market for conversion into a residential building. Everything has been torn down and a dim light bulb hangs in the spot where a chandelier once lit the Greek revivalist theatre golden. A lone figure shuffles within the shadows, almost as if it were a ghost, though the quite human figure reappears in the circular shaft of green light to lay a wire and affirm, perhaps, that time is not stationary.

A group of teenagers walk past the shuttered theatre, slowing their footsteps to peer inside. They do not stop or talk about what they see.

Late Summer Scene: An Historic Theater’s Final Days in Ridgewood [NY City Lens]

Photo by Michael Perlman

08/22/14 1:00pm


Those who don’t study history are bound to repeat it. In late August 1776, General William Howe’s British army landed on what is now Long Island, seeking to capture New York City from the Patriot forces who had sparked the American Revolution. Soon thereafter, Howe and his Red Coats overwhelmed General George Washington’s troops in Brooklyn, forcing them to retreat to Manhattan by boat. By September 15th, the British had taken New York City. On August 23rd of this year, the Onderdonk House will commemorate this historical battle with an exhibit on General Nathaniel Woodhull, the first militia general killed in the Revolutionary War. The Ridgewood landmark will also re-open an exhibit on the Daughters of the American Revolution, conduct tours of its colonial kitchen, and organize a Colonial Kids event.

A photo and information on another history-based event this weekend are on the jump page.


08/22/14 11:00am


While it seems at times that Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens are dominated by unimaginative street names… numbers, letters… in actuality vast swaths in all four boroughs are still dominated by streets named for real people.

I had always been under the impression that Stockholm Street in Bushwick and Ridgewood was so named in honor of a putative Scandinavian community that may have resided there. I was wrong, though; Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss’ handy Brooklyn By Name states that Stockholm Street was named for the Stockholm brothers, Andrew and Abraham, who provided land on which the Second Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1850 and still standing at Bushwick Avenue and Himrod Street, was built.


08/20/14 10:00am


Yesterday, the City Council approved a rezoning proposal in Ridgewood, meaning the neighborhood is getting a brand new, 88-unit rental build on Woodward Avenue. DNAinfo writes that those units won’t all be priced at market level. Local Councilman Antonio Reynoso worked with the developer, Slate Property Group, to accommodate affordable apartments and artist space. The development, as approved by the City Council, will be 50 percent affordable, with 20 percent of the units permanently affordable. (It looks like the market rate units will cost around $1,000 for studios and $1,800 for two bedrooms.) The building will also hold 3,000 square feet of affordable rental space for artists and community groups. The developers will pick the artist groups, who can rent the space for $10 a year.

There’s another 7,000 square feet of commercial space, and there will be 120 parking spaces. The building itself will include laundry, an exercise room and a rooftop dog run.

Ridgewood Development Pledges $10 a Year Space for Artists [DNAinfo]
All 176 Woodward Avenue coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP