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Bandit steals prescription drugs in Ridgewood stickup

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

A gun-toting crook walked away with thousands of dollars in prescription drugs after robbing a Ridgewood pharmacy Thursday afternoon, police said.

The NYPD released on Friday night video of the suspect who held up the ARD Pharmacy located at 60-61 Myrtle Ave. at 2 p.m. Thursday.

According to authorities, the bandit – described as a black male standing 5 foot 10 inches tall with dark, curly hair, a beard and carrying a blue duffel bag – walked up to the pharmacy counter and passed a demand note to an employee. He then displayed a silver handgun.

The worker complied with the request and placed medication valued at $7,500 into the suspect’s duffel bag. The crook then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the incident; there were no injuries.

Police said the perpetrator was last seen wearing a dark-colored sweater vest, a blue dress shirt and a blue New York Yankees baseball cap.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Popular culinary walking tour Noshwalks coming to Ridgewood

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Author, world traveler and gastronome Myra Alperson will be bringing her acclaimed Noshwalks food tour to the streets of Ridgewood this Saturday, Sept. 12.

The celebrated tour will explore Ridgewood’s eclectic cuisine with stops at local eateries, markets and specialty stores.

“This tour showcases a vibrant and diverse neighborhood, including an 80-plus-year-old German/Italian bakery and all sorts of delicious surprises en route,” Alperson explained. “Our tastes begin in the Caribbean, but also include Italian gelati, Bulgarian specialties, Bosnian kebabs, Polish pierogi or blintzes, or whatever we find that day, as well as other culinary pleasures, which can also include Balkan, Dominican and Mexican tastes.”

Alperson began Noshwalks back in August 2000 as a way to explore the city’s multicultural neighborhoods by fork and by foot. Her motto is simple yet intriguing: “Nosh your way from Odessa to Bombay and never leave New York!”

Noshwalks was to visit Ridgewood last December, but inclement weather put a damper on those plans. However, Alperson did offer an exclusive taste of the many delectable stops along her Ridgewood tour route. The tour included visits to local markets for unique, hard-to-find fare.

In addition to exploring Ridgewood’s culinary gems, Alperson also peppers her Noshwalks tours with knowledge about the neighborhood’s history and architecture, stopping by local landmarks such as the Ridgewood Savings Bank (corner of Forest Avenue and George Street) on Myrtle Avenue and St. Matthias Church (58-15 Catalpa Ave.).

“When you go to the church, you feel like you’re in a European village because nothing is taller than the church,” she said. “The trend is to take the elevated train back. You can see the church steeple from the platform; it feels like you’re traveling through Europe.”

The 3-hour Noshwalks tour of Ridgewood will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Caribe Star Restaurant (54-55 Myrtle Ave.). Tickets cost $55 for adults or $20 for children ages 6 to 12, and the tour is free for children under 6. Tickets must be purchased online in advance by clicking here. For more information, call 212-222-2243.

Alperson’s latest book, “Nosh New York: The Food Lover’s Guide to New York City’s Most Delicious Neighborhoods” is also available on Amazon.


Prime three-story apartment building for sale in Ridgewood

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy PropertyShark/Christopher Bride

The booming real estate market in Ridgewood continues to grow.

A newly built three-story apartment building located at 59-25 Grove St., between 60th Place and Forest Avenue, is up for sale.

Greiner Maltz Investment Properties is currently accepting offers for the approximately 15,400-square-foot building.

Each story has five two-bedroom apartments, a storage room and a 10-spot parking area. Other featured amenities include a community barbecue, a terrace and a laundry room located in the building’s basement. Each tenant will be responsible for paying for their own utilities.

The building is located just four blocks away from the Fresh Pond Road M train stop.

For more information, visit Greiner-Maltz Real Estate.


Westbound lanes of Jackie Robinson Parkway to close for repaving

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Anthony Giudice

With work on the eastbound side now complete, crews are ready to resurface the westbound lanes of the Jackie Robinson Parkway — a process that will lead to road closures beginning this evening.

Portions of the parkway’s westbound side will shut down on weeknights, Monday through Friday, from 11 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning, with the first closure scheduled for this evening. Additionally, segments of the parkway’s westbound lanes will be completely closed the next two weekends, Sept. 11 to 14 and Sept. 18 to 21, from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. the following Monday morning.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is moving into the second half of its $17 million renovation of the 5-mile-long roadway between Jamaica and Pennsylvania avenues in Brooklyn and the Grand Central Parkway in Kew Gardens. Crews will remove the existing asphalt and make roadbed repairs where necessary, then apply a new layer of asphalt along with new markings and safety features such as reflectors.

Work on the eastbound side began in June and was completed last month.

Motorists who rely on the parkway will be directed to use detour routes and follow signs to exit and re-enter the parkway. The detour route — which runs through Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Glendale, Woodhaven and Ridgewood — includes the following segments:

  • Union Turnpike between the Grand Central Parkway and Myrtle Avenue;
  • Myrtle Avenue between Union Turnpike and Cooper Avenue;
  • Cooper Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Hills Street;
  • Cypress Hills Street between Cooper and Cypress avenues;
  • Cypress Avenue between Cypress Hills Street and Cooper Avenue;
  • Cooper Avenue and Cooper Street (in Brooklyn) between Cypress and Bushwick avenues; and
  • Bushwick Avenue between Cooper Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

All work is scheduled to be completed by November. For more information, call 511 or visit the DOT’s website.


Ridgewood artist’s logo chosen for first Polish Bilingual Day celebration

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Polish-American artist and Ridgewood resident Beata Slazak Zalewski was recently honored when her original design was chosen by the Polish Foreign Ministry as the logo for America’s first Polish Bilingual Day Festival.

The festival was created by the New York-based Dobra Polska Szkola Foundation in conjunction with other local Polish schools and organizations to celebrate and preserve Polish language, culture and traditions.

Dobra Polska Szkola, which is translated in English as “a good Polish school,” is an online magazine and organization first founded back in 2010 by editor-in-chief Marta Kustek as a small blog. Over the past four years, Dobra Polska Szkola has evolved into a major source of knowledge and information for Polish-Americans.

The group’s main focus is to help foster an appreciation for bilingual education within Polish-American communities through film, literature and history.

“We are encouraging them to read Polish, to speak Polish, to be more interested in Polish culture,” Kustek explained. “Because most of them were born here, it’s not so easy for them to do this. Polish culture is very rich and Polish history is very interesting, so we’re encouraging them to remember.”

Polish Bilingual Day grew out a project first launched in 2011 by Dobra Polska Szkola called “W Naszym Domu Mowimy Po Polsku,” or “In our home, we speak Polish.” In 2015, Dobra Polska Szkola received funding from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an effort to help launch the first Polish Bilingual Day nationwide.

The Polish government will declare the second Saturday of October as Polish Bilingual Day through a special ceremony this Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Polish consulate in Manhattan. Zalewski will also be on hand for the unveiling of her colorful logo.

For her design, Zalewski chose to paint a rooster, a prominent symbol of Polish folk art usually portrayed in black and white amid colorful flowers. Zalewski broke with tradition and took a more modern approach, infusing the rooster with vibrant colors and a dash of whimsy. The rooster’s bright tail feathers contain the Polish words “witaj,” “co” and “czesc,” along with their English counterparts “hello,” “what” and “hi.” Her design will be featured on pins, T-shirts and posters throughout the 2015 festival.


Beata Slazak Zalewski’s logo design based on Polish folk art. (Photo courtesy of Dobra Polska Szkola)

The celebration aims to educate young generations of Polish-American children about Poland’s rich history while encouraging them to learn and engage in the language of their ancestors. The festival will highlight the achievements and contributions of Polish-Americans, including Janusz Liberkowski, creator of the safety seat for children, and Maksymilian Faktorowicz, better known to the world as the founder of cosmetics company Max Factor.

The holiday will also honor other notable figures, such as bulletproof vest inventors Kazinierz Zeglen and Jan Szczepanik, as well as Kazimierz Funk, a Polish biochemist credited with being among the first to formulate the concept of vitamins, which he called “vital amines” or “vitamines,” in 1912.

The first annual Polish Bilingual Day will be celebrated nationwide on Saturday, Oct. 10. A local celebration will be held on that day at P.S. 71, located at 62-85 Forest Ave. in Ridgewood, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The festivities will include an art exhibit, educational talks, Polish folk dancing and a celebration of Polish cuisine, from pierogi and paczki to bigos and more. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

For more information, visit www.DobraPolskaSzkola.com.


Ridgewood Property Owners Association hosts resource forum for landlords

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


In an effort to assist homeowners with concerns ranging from property tax issues and home repairs to violation removals and energy cost reduction, the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association (RPOCA) partnered with the city’s Department of Housing and Preservation (HPD) to host a special Landlord Resource Fair on Sept. 3 at I.S. 93 in Ridgewood.

Homeowners and residents were given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with experts from a host of city agencies and utility providers to learn more about special programs, savings and incentives available to local home and building owners. Representatives from local agencies, including the city’s Department of Sanitation, HPD Preservation Finance Department, NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYC EEC) and HPD Neighborhood Preservation Service, were on hand to offer advice and services.

“We do this at our September meeting every year,” explained RPOCA’s current counsel and former president, Paul Kerzner. “There are about eight agencies here from the city, and the people are lined up to talk with each one. They get a lot out of it and it works. Plus we always get a new crop of homeowners that come to the meetings and sign up to become RPOCA members.”

The fair was organized by Pam Glaser, the director of public outreach and education for the NYC HPD’s Office of Neighborhood Strategies.

“We work with local groups, in this case RPOCA, and we’re happy to do this,” Glaser explained. “We go out several times a month to do either owner or tenant nights in all five boroughs.”

“This has got to be the sixth or seventh year that we’ve done this with HPD, and Pam Glaser is a pleasure to work with,” Kerzner added. “She knows the Ridgewood neighborhood and she knows what’s on the mind of the small Ridgewood property owner.”


Representatives from the NYC EEC were on hand to discuss loan options and financing for energy efficiency and fuel conversions with homeowners. The NYC EEC recently partnered with the NYC HPD on an initiative called The Green Housing Preservation Program (GHPP) aimed at improving energy efficiency and water conservation through upgrades such as the installation of efficient light fixtures, low-flow water fixtures and insulation. A maximum loan of $50,000 per unit is available to homeowners of five or more units per building.

“Our organization was founded in 2011 by the city through a grant from the Department of Energy,” explained Posie Constable, director of business development for the NYC EEC. “We use the money we receive from the DOE to lend to building and property owners to reduce the amount of energy they use in their building, which in turn helps improve the building property value and tenant comfort.”

Representatives from Solar One, the city’s leading organization on green energy education, were also on hand to help homeowners with questions about converting their hot water and electrical systems over to solar energy. Kerzner, a longtime fan and advocate of the use of solar energy, converted his Ridgewood home to solar power nearly 10 years ago.

“Solar is very affordable,” he said. “My electric bill is $6.42 a month, in both the winter and summer, so it’s definitely worthwhile.” Kerzner estimates the return on the initial investment in solar panels to be roughly four to six years.


New Single Stop pilot program helps seniors sign up for benefits

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The seniors at the Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center in Ridgewood can now receive help signing up for important benefit programs through a new pilot initiative called the Single Stop Program.

It aims to expand seniors’ access to and enrollment in benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), Extra Help, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and more.

“It really is a good thing,” said Barbara Toscano, executive director for the Peter Cardella Senior Center. “I think we were picked because this community would have a high level of seniors that would need these programs.”

The Single Stop Program brings in knowledgeable staff members to the senior center once a week who will screen seniors for benefits, help maximize services for individuals, and provide individual assistance in applying for and securing the benefits needed. This is all done through the pilot program’s electronic enrollment system, which will help seniors navigate the many potential assistance opportunities.

“A person can come in to the senior center and want food stamps, and it goes through their computer system,” Toscano said. “It really is wonderful because a lot of times when you have all these forms and paperwork to fill out, it can take over a month and a half sometimes to enroll…the Single Stop Program is working really well here. It runs until November, but they might come back and do it again.”

Single Stop Program staff members will be able to provide follow-up services from their Single Stop sites where seniors can obtain additional services and follow up on issues related to their benefits applications and cases.

“It’s a really nice program. It’s really helpful for the seniors,” Toscano said. “We do all this here at the Peter Cardella Center, but it takes a long time. This gets back to them really quick. Food stamps are so important, especially for seniors. It’s really good for them. We are trying to get a lot of people enrolled and are trying to bring a lot of these benefits to the seniors here.”


Shipping service center affiliated with Amazon moving to Ridgewood

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Greiner Maltz

A major shipping provider is moving to Ridgewood as it expands its space in the borough.

LaserShip, a shipping service that distributes products for companies including Amazon, Staples and Office Depot, has agreed to leave their current location in Long Island City, and move into the larger warehouse at 16-70 Weirfield St., between Cypress and Wyckoff avenues, according to The Real Deal.

The Commercial Observer reported that the distribution company based out of Virginia has signed a 10-year lease to use the one-story, 40,800-square-foot warehouse in Ridgewood, giving it more than triple the space they had at the 36-01 47th Ave. location, which is a 13,000-square-foot warehouse.

The Ridgewood location is an ideal space for the distribution center, as it will place LaserShip between Brooklyn and Queens.

When contacted, LaserShip declined to comment.


Art, film and music festival Kunstfest is coming to Ridgewood

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Photo courtesy of Troma Entertainment


World-renowned independent film studio Troma is coming to Ridgewood with the debut of Kunstfest, a celebration of B movies, beer and art, at local heavy metal hofbrau Bierleichen (582 Seneca Ave.) on Sunday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Troma Entertainment Inc. recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, making it the longest-running independent movie studio in North America. Troma studios first gained notoriety in the 1980s with the debut of their cult classic sci-fi comedy “The Toxic Avenger,” followed by other underground hits such as “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead” and “Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1.”

The upcoming Kunstfest will feature a screening of Troma’s latest Blu-ray release, “Extreme Jukebox.” The Italian horror comedy follows the misadventures of rock ‘n’ roll couple Jessie and Chloe after the young lovers unleash the murderous spirit of the Killer in the Woods, once contained in an LP found in the derelict estate of fictitious rock star David Crystal. Troma describes the film as “’Lords of Salem’ by way of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,’ with a side of spaghetti!”

Sunday’s festival kicks off with German food and beer specials from heavy metal German bar Bierleichen, along with a barbecue in the beer hall’s garden. “Extreme Jukebox” premiers at 5 p.m., followed by a special reading of Troma Entertainment president Lloyd Kaufman’s sci-fi satire novel “Pests” by Ridgewood resident and Troma studios’ own Jordan Young at 6:30 p.m.

Glendale-based Finback Brewery will be on hand to celebrate the release of Oscillation, its first-ever IPA in a can. Finback will be joined by Craft Beer New York, a mobile beer application, to celebrate Bierleichen’s addition to the app.

At 7 p.m., New York City-based indie rock trio The Shook Ones will take the stage for a live musical performance. The all-female band’s unique sound is an eclectic mix of 1960s girl groups, 1990s riot-girl punk, surf rock and funk. The band made its debut performance at 5Pointz in Queens and The Branded Saloon in Brooklyn during the 2013 Make Music New York Festival.

Kunstfest is derived from “Kunst,” which is German for art. To celebrate the festival’s mix of metal, art and German culture, Ridgewood Social will curate a small market of artists working in the horror and gore genres.

Admission to Kunstfest is free and open to the public. Festivalgoers will also be treated to a special secret surprise guest appearance at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit Bierleichen on Facebook.


Annual drag festival to take place at Ridgewood’s Onderdonk House

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Bushwig

It’ll be a real drag to see this show, but in a fun way.

Ridgewood’s Onderdonk House is gearing up to host Bushwig, the fourth annual festival of drag and musical performances in Queens.

The main event will take place on Sept. 12 and 13 from 2 to 10 p.m. at 1820 Flushing Ave. on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. The shows during this time are appropriate for all ages and are being held outdoors, and DJ sets, BBQ, crafts, a photo booth, games and prizes are all slated to be a part of the lineup.

The festival will feature 150 drag queens with different styles and themed costumes and 20 live musical performances. Major names set to appear include Lady Bunny, No Bra, Macy Rodman and Chae Buttuh, and Mz. Bushwig 2015 will be crowned during a special ball on the night of Sept. 11 at the Lovegun club on Grand Avenue in Brooklyn.

According to Matthew Mendoza, an event planner performing under the name “Matty Horrorchata,” the show has grown considerably since its creation. This will be its first year at the Onderdonk House as part of that expansion.

Mendoza—who dubbed the show “Bushwig” after being inspired by a wig shopping trip—said that a lot of the performers had an experimental performing style. This sentiment was echoed last year in a 2014 review by The New York Times, who declared the festival to be “pushing the boundaries of drag.”

“We’re not ‘pageanty.’ It’s not traditional,” Mendoza said. “It’s newer and cutting edge.”

A full access weekend passes is $40 and is available at bushwig2015.peatix.com.


Police issue warning after burglary rash strikes 104th Precinct area

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Google Maps

Open windows and unlocked doors contributed to seven of nine burglaries that occurred within a four-day period last month in the 104th Precinct’s confines, according to police.

In an Aug. 30 email to civic leaders that the Ridgewood Times obtained, Det. Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct Community Affairs Unit stated that eight of the break-ins between Aug. 23 and Aug. 26 occurred in Ridgewood and Glendale, while the other took place in Maspeth.

The first burglary occurred in Ridgewood between 3 and 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, when unidentified suspects entered a location on the 8000 block of Cypress Avenue. The following day, two apartments on the 900 block of Onderdonk Avenue were hit by burglars sometime after 2:30 p.m.

Three other break-ins in Ridgewood occurred on Aug. 25, with two incidents happening between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the 1800 block of Cornelia St.; and the other between 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on the 1800 block of Centre St. In each case, Bell said, the culprit(s) entered through a window. The Maspeth burglary also occurred on Aug. 25 between 7 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. at a dry cleaners on the 6000 block of 56th Road; in that incident, police said, the crooks entered through an unlocked rear door.

Finally, two apartments on the 6400 block of 74th Avenue in Glendale were visited by burglars between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. In both instances, the suspect(s) reportedly entered through open windows.

Police continue to search for the suspects responsible. Bell indicated the burglaries may have been prevented if the homeowners remembered to properly secure their windows and doors before leaving the premises.

“Taking a minute to check your windows can make the difference between you being the victim of a burglary and that burglar moving on to another location,” he wrote. “Please take the time to check your windows before you leave your home. I am not saying this is going to stop a determined criminal, but I am saying it will make it more difficult for the criminal.”

The 104th Precinct also encourages residents in the area to take advantage of free home security screenings offered by its Crime Prevention Unit. During the screenings arranged with the homeowner or tenant, officers inspect the premises and offer advice on ways residents can make improvements to keep potential criminals away.

For more information or to sign up for a free survey, call Police Officers Brenda Hyatt or Edwin Collado of the Crime Prevention Unit at 718-386-6223.

Anyone who has information about the burglary rash that could prove helpful should call the 104th Precinct Detective Squad at 718-386-2735; anyone who witnesses a possible burglary in progress should call 911 immediately.


Police searching for suspect in Ridgewood gunpoint robberies

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Video courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD has released video footage of a man wanted in connection to two armed robberies in Ridgewood.

The suspect — described as an 18-year-old Hispanic male — stopped a 58-year-old woman on Aug. 22 at the corner of 60th Lane and 67th Avenue around 5:30 a.m., police said. He displayed a gun and demanded her belongings, stealing the victim’s purse containing $50, a Samsung cellphone and other items.

According to authorities, later that day, at about 11:55 p.m., the same man is suspected of robbing an 18-year-old man and woman who were sitting in front of a home on 60th Place near Linden Street. After displaying a gun, the suspect pocketed an iPhone and a black bag that belonged to the victims.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Video footage from the second robbery on Aug. 22.


Ridgewood to get 17-story mixed-use building on St. Nicholas Avenue

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Rendering courtesy of AB Capstone

Plans for a large scale 17-story mixed-use building in the heart of Ridgewood have been filed with the Department of Buildings (DOB), according to Community Board 5 (CB 5).

The mixed retail and residential building will encompass the footprint of the sites at 54-27 Myrtle Ave. and 336 and 350 St. Nicholas Ave. At 17 stories, it will dwarf the surrounding buildings.

According to the plans filed earlier this month, there will be two retail spaces within the mixed-use structure, as well as several office spaces.

The site will have 129 residential units, according to Meir Babaev, of developer AB Capstone, owner of the properties.

“We are not quite certain yet regarding the percentage of units that will or will not be affordable. This will depend on the mayor’s office,” Babaev said.

AB Capstone purchased the sites last year and has set aside 87,441 square feet of space for the residential portion of the building; 88,598 square feet for the commercial aspects; and 3,265 square feet for an as-of-yet undefined community facility. This will total a square footage of 179,304 square feet, according to plans.

Babaev also confirmed that the site will have “below-grade attended parking.”

For future residents who depend on public transportation, the development site is located a block from the L and M Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues subway station, and is near the B13, B26, B52, B54, Q55 and Q58 buses.


Public invited to September participatory budgeting meetings in 30th Council District

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

Now that participatory budgeting is coming to the 30th Council DistrictCity Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is inviting the public to attend neighborhood meetings where they can have their voices heard on upcoming capital budget ideas.

Through the participatory budgeting process, residents of the 30th Council District — which includes all or parts of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven and Woodside — will gather to brainstorm and then vote on a number of proposed capital budget projects for their community, including street resurfacing, street tree planting, park improvements and more.

Crowley has released a list of dates through September of when and where community members can meet with her to discuss the process of participatory budgeting.

Those dates and locations are as follows:

  • Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Frank Kowalinski Post, 61-57 Maspeth Ave., Maspeth, at 6:30 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Ridgewood Library, 2012 Madison St., Ridgewood, at 2:30 p.m.;
  • Monday, Sept. 14, at the Wynwood Gardens Civic Association meeting, 70-31 48th Ave., Woodside, at 7 p.m.;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72nd St., Maspeth, at 6:30 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Ridgewood YMCA located at 69-02 64th St., Ridgewood, at 1 p.m.;
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, at P.S. 87, 67-54 80th St., Middle Village, at 6:30 p.m.;
  • Monday, Sept. 28, at Redeemer Lutheran School located at 69-26 Cooper Ave., Glendale, at 6:30 p.m.; and
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the U.S. Columbarium, 61-40 Mount Olivet Crescent, Middle Village, at 6:30 p.m.

Future workshop dates will be released in the weeks to come. For more information, call Crowley’s Glendale office at 718-366-3900.


Queens workers owed $800K in unclaimed back wages: comptroller

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo via Scott Stringer's Facebook page

With Labor Rights Week quickly approaching, City Comptroller Scott Stringer scored a victory for city workers when he found $3.7 million as part of unclaimed prevailing wage settlements with several companies that worked on city-funded projects.

Stringer is now seeking the public’s help in identifying the over 1,000 workers from across the city to whom these funds are owed.

Throughout Queens, 200 individuals are owed nearly $800,000, according to Stringer’s findings.

In Corona, 20 people are owed a total of $117,470.53; Elmhurst has 18 individuals who are owed $74,934.79; and in Maspeth, Ridgewood and Jackson Heights, 14 people from each neighborhood are owed a total of $151,811.21.

“My office has recovered millions of dollars through our enforcement of the prevailing wage, but now we need your help to connect these workers with the money they are owed,” Stringer said. “Thousands of hard-working individuals, many of whom are immigrants, have been cheated out of their rightfully earned wages, but they may not know these funds exist. Help us get the word out about unclaimed wages — recovering thousands of dollars may only be a phone call or email away.”

Stringer’s office is trying to identify those who are owed wages through social media, media partnerships and distribution of informational flyers in several languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Creole in neighborhoods throughout the city.

“We’re ramping up our efforts to identify these hard-working men and women who are owed the money they earned,” the comptroller said. “In the coming weeks, we’ll be on the streets, on social media and on the airwaves with a single message: if you’ve been cheated out of your wages, the comptroller’s office has your back. Tell your friends and family: call our hotline or visit our website to see if you are eligible to receive your lost wages.”

The prevailing wage laws require employers to pay workers the wage and benefit rate set annually by the comptroller when those employees work on city public works projects, such as renovating public schools or building service contracts, which includes security guard and custodial work, with city agencies.

Workers who believe they may be entitled to unclaimed wages can call the comptroller’s hotline at 212-669-4443, send in inquiries via email to laborlaw@comptroller.nyc.gov or check the comptroller’s unclaimed wages website.