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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.


Ridgewood scout soars like an ‘Eagle’ at ceremony

| editorial@ridgewoodtimes.com

TIMES NEWSWEEKLY/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Local high school senior Andrew Goh attained the highest rank a Boy Scout can receive — the Eagle rank — during a ceremony Sunday at the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood.

Goh is a member of St. Matthias’ Boy Scout Troop 327 in Ridgewood, led by Scoutmaster Tim Karcher. Goh’s family immigrated to the United States from Malaysia and established a life in Ridgewood, where Goh attended St. Matthias School.

For the past six years, Goh has been an active member of the Boy Scouts. He was first introduced to scouting by Thomas Dowd, former president of the Friends of the Ridgewood Library, while singing in the St. Matthias Choir. 

According to Tom Dowd — who, along with his brother John, are Eagle Scouts themselves — only 5 percent of scouts nationwide achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. In its nearly 70-year history, Troop 327 has had roughly 25 Eagle Scouts, including Andrew Goh.

As part of the journey toward the Eagle Scout rank, candidates must undertake a special service project aimed at helping a local school, religious institution or the community at large. Goh chose to refurbish the Onderdonk House picnic area as part of his service project.

“I worked on it last summer,” Goh said. “We repaired several of the tables and benches that were out of use. We also sanded everything down and re-stained them.”

The ceremony included a special portion called “Lighting the Eagle Trail” in which Goh’s family and fellow scouts were invited to light a row of 12 candles. Each candle is symbolic of one of the 12 principles of the Boy Scout Oath and Law: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Assemblyman Mike Miller presented Goh with a special citation from the New York State Assembly in recognition of his achievement. Goh also received many honors and commendations, including a congratulatory letter from President Obama.

Troop 327 may be on its way to celebrating more Eagle Scouts in the near future. Two of Goh’s fellow scouts have achieved the rank of Life Scout and are currently pursuing their Eagle Scout titles.

Goh considers the troop’s camping trips as one of his favorite aspects of being a Boy Scout.

“The thing I like most about scouting has got to be the camping because just being able to go away for a weekend and hang out with your friends is a really nice experience,” he said.

Goh is currently a senior at Stuyvesant High School and is looking forward to his graduation in June. He will attend Princeton University in the fall, where he will study operations research, a division of applied mathematics.


Queens graffiti legend electrocuted by third rail at Brooklyn subway station: report

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

A Queens graffiti legend was killed earlier this week when he was electrocuted by the third rail at a Brooklyn subway station, according to a published report.

Jason Wulf, 42, known as “DG,” died around 10 p.m. Wednesday at the 25th Street Station in Sunset Park, the New York Post reported. Wulf was heading to his Queens home at the time, but it wasn’t clear what he was doing when he was found dead on the tracks and the MTA is investigating, the Post said.

An online fundraiser was also set up to raise money for his funeral service that reached its goal of $10,000. According to the Post, on Monday a wake for Wulf will be held at Seneca Chapels followed by a funeral service at St. Matthias Church in Ridgewood.

Wulf, a writer, artist and founder of NWC (New Wave Crew) comes from Ridgewood, and started his career in 1985, even “[painting] subway cars during the clean train movement, a time period in the 1990s when many writers continued to hit trains regardless of the MTA’s strict buff policy,” according to Animal New York.

“DG was able to pull off what many of his fellow writers couldn’t: Create a body of artwork that is intrinsically graffiti, but not a redundant reiteration of his work on the street. Despite his outpouring of creativity, he never embraced the art world or graffiti circuit. Although he sold canvasses, he represented that older school breed of graffiti writer who had no interest in mainstream recognition,” Bucky Turco of Animal New York wrote.