Category Archives: Ridgewood

CB 5 Green Lights Ridgewood Residential Development

Community Board 5 voted in favor of rezoning part of Ridgewood to make way for an upscale residential development, but not without a heated debate first. The 28-11 count did not come easily, with one member waiting until the last minute to cast their vote because of a drastic difference in opinion. One side argued rezoning would make for a more appropriate usage of the mostly vacant property, while others contended it would set a problematic precedent. “This development is … Continue reading

104th Pct. Pens 23 Summonses in One Saturday

It took just one day for the Ridgewood-based 104th Precinct to issue more than 20 summonses, thanks to help from various city agencies. The MARCH – multi-agency response to community hotspots – went down Saturday, April 5 at various nightlife locations at the root of residents’ complaints, a spokesman for the 104th said. Officers marched through the precinct alongside the state liquor authority, Buildings Department, Mental Health and Hygiene Department, Fire Department, Environmental Protection Department, Police Department and legal bureau. … Continue reading

Two longtime CB 5 members will not return: Crowley

Long-serving, and now former, members of Queens’ Community Board 5 were let go this week – and some argued it was in the name of political revenge. Manuel “Manny” Caruana of Maspeth dedicated a decade to CB 5 as a volunteer board member and was notified last week that he would not be returning in a letter from City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who ran and won against Caruana’s nephew, Craig Caruana, in November. While the letter did not … Continue reading

Crowley Helps Cops Put Graffiti Vandal in Cuffs

This graffiti enthusiast messed with the wrong group. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) saw her district office vandalized back in January with graffiti scrawled along one of the walls. But both she and her office remained persistent in pursuing those responsible, and the 104th Precinct announced the arrest of 30-year-old Michael Mestric on Friday and charged him with 30 acts of vandalism. “We said we would get to the bottom of this recent vandalism in Middle Village, and we … Continue reading

De Blasio Boasts Pre-K Program in Ridgewood

Mayor Bill de Blasio picked a school in Ridgewood to push his universal pre-kindergarten program, for which parents have until the end of April to apply. “This is about reaching parents where they live,” de Blasio said to a room full of students and administrators at PS 239. “It’s going to take a mix of new media and old-fashioned community organizing to reach every family. From our Taxi and Limousine Commission to community groups in immigrant neighborhoods, we’re working with … Continue reading

Ridgewood double murder victim had rap sheet: NYPD

Police were still trying to piece together why a Ridgewood couple was found shot to death inside their new apartment last week, officials said. Cops identified the victims as 22-year-old Louis Oscar Padilla-Lopez and 21-year-old Natalie Mejia-Tavares, who died of gunshot wounds to their head and torso, respectively, around 6:45 p.m. inside their Summerfield Street apartment Thursday night, police said. No gun was recovered at the scene near Seneca Avenue and no arrests have been made so far, the NYPD … Continue reading

Police investigate double murder in Ridgewood: 104th Pct.

A Ridgewood couple was found shot dead in their Summerfield Street apartment near the corner of Seneca Avenue Thursday night, launching a full-on police investigation, the NYPD said. Cops identified the victims as 22-year-old Louis Oscar Padilla-Lopez and 21-year-old Natalie Mejia-Tavares, who died of gunshot wounds to their head and torso, respectively, around 6:45 p.m. Thursday night, police said. No gun was recovered at the scene and no arrests have been made so far, the NYPD said. A Ridgewood resident who … Continue reading

CEC 24 Slams City Over PS 229 Bus Problems

PS 229 parents in Woodside are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to find a new solution to an old problem. Community Education Council 24 met Tuesday night to revisit an issue that started in 2010 when the city first revoked yellow bus service from some elementary students at the Woodside school, sparking outrage among parents and educators. Members of the council asked members of the Office of Pupil Transportation to sway de Blasio’s new administration to reconsider their pleas … Continue reading

Fresh Pond Pet Shop Accused of Neglect

Allegations of animal abuse and neglect inside a Maspeth pet shop spurred the 104th Precinct to investigate. Police Capt. Christopher Manson,, commanding officer of the 104th, said officers were sent to the Fresh Pond Pet Shop at 60-77 Fresh Pond Rd. after receiving several reports of animals being left without food or water, or being held in unsanitary conditions. But upon arriving, Manson said there were no apparent signs of neglect. “We had gotten word that there was a pet … Continue reading

Ridgewood Residents Divided Over Residential Development Proposal

Plans to create an upscale apartment building in the heart of Ridgewood put some residents at odds with one another at a rowdy rezoning public hearing. There was a clear divide among those who spoke at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting. While some Ridgewood residents said the 176 Woodward Ave. apartment proposal would help uplift a community eyesore, others sounded off against a complex they felt would only cater to the more financially comfortable. Aufgang Architects designed the proposal … Continue reading

Stolen Cars Spike in 104th Pct.

Crime rose a little more than 1 percent in the 104th Precinct, with car thefts driving the numbers, police said this week. Capt. Christopher Manson, commanding officer of the 104th, spoke at the precinct community council’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, outlining the latest crime statistics and answering questions on topics like graffiti and knifepoint robberies in Ridgewood. Because last year’s numbers were so low, the precinct commander said it was nearly inevitable to see a slight uptick in crime this … Continue reading

Activists Fear ‘Final Blow’ to Ridgewood Reservoir

The city Parks Department shored up plans to breach the three basins within the Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park this summer, which drew vehement criticism from some area residents who argued it would disrupt wildlife in the region. Gary Giordano, district manager for Community Board 5, said the city needed to come up with a proposal that would allow its three basins to handle an excessive amount of rainfall.  The plans included a breach between each of the reservoir’s three … Continue reading

104th Pct. puts dent in graffiti, robbery patterns

The 104th Precinct put an end to a Brooklyn man’s alleged string of robberies throughout Ridgewood and also announced a series of graffiti-related arrests, authorities said. Bryant Aguilar, 21, was arrested Monday in connection with four robberies throughout the month of February and was charged with four counts of robbery, a precinct spokesman said. The arrest came after 104th officers reported that several women had been targeted in a string of knifepoint robberies throughout Ridgewood. In each instance, police said … Continue reading

Taste of Ridgewood to feature bites of boro’s best

Fourteen restaurants were apparently not enough to satisfy Ridgewood’s appetite. LaKeisha Harris, the executive director at the Ridgewood YMCA, said her organization planned on showcasing a total of 18 Queens eateries in this year’s Taste of Ridgewood – a food fest that offers up a smorgasbord of morsels inspired by cuisines from across the globe and which attracts diners from throughout the borough. The Taste of Ridgewood, which was first held last year, was established as an annual tasting event … Continue reading

Students’ personal info should not be shared with inBloom, Nolan says

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) was at the head of a Standing Committee on Education hearing last week bringing into question the practice of storing personal student information in the name of efficiency. The state Education Department signed a contract in 2012 with inBloom, a non-profit information collector, with the intent of helping teachers access educational resources, materials and sensitive student data. The deal has since been met with wide skepticism over whether or not students’ personal information could and should … Continue reading