TIMES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014 • 30 Ridgewood Gets The City’s Largest Landmark District; Over 900 Homes The boundaries of the Central Ridgewood Historic District are shown above. The area encompassing more than 40 Ridgewood blocks features brick one- and two-family rowhouses such as the one pictured at right developed during the early decades of the 20th century. Council, where it is expected to pass in the weeks ahead. “Preserving historically significant neighborhoods is important for today’s New Yorkers, and for future generations, to understand their cultural heritage,” added City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley; about 90 percent of the landmark district lies within her jurisdiction. “I am thrilled that this historic designation is moving forward and want to thank the Landmarks Preservation Commission for their hard work in making this possible.” “We are now at the halfway point of New York City landmarks designation” in Ridgewood, added Paul Kerzner of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association, which has long advocated for landmarking all Ridgewood buildings on the state and national historic registers. Combined with the new Central Ridgewood Historic District, more than 1,100 buildings in the neighborhood have landmark status. Kerzner told the Times Newsweekly on Tuesday that Srinivasan would be invited to the next RPOCA meeting in February to explain the impacts of landmarking on Ridgewood homeowners living in the districts. The civic group and the LPC held a public meeting regarding the Central Ridgewood district last month at the Peter Cardella Senior Center. Landmark status primarily affects the exterior of buildings in the district. Property owners who plan to make exterior improvements after the status is enacted must apply for an LPC permit and have their plans approved by the commission; those who fail to comply with the regulations would be given a grace period to correct the violations before fines are levied. The Central Ridgewood Historic District comprises over 40 blocks and is generally bounded by Madison Street on the north, 71st Avenue on the south, Fresh Pond Road on the east and Forest Avenue on the west. It also includes a cluster of homes generally bounded by Catalpa, 70th, Forest and Onderdonk avenues. Known for their curved bay windows, uninterrupted cornices and brown, red or amber brickwork, the rowhouses in the district were designed by the architectural firm Louis Berger and Company and developed by August Bauer and Paul Stier in the early decades of the 20th century. Next to Gustave Mathews— builder of apartment houses in Ridgewood that have landmark status themselves—Stier was arguably the neighborhood’s most prolific builder, constructing over 2,000 dwellings between 1895 and 1930. The dead-end Stier Place off of Putnam Avenue, adjacent to the Ridgewood Democratic Club, is named in his honor. The other three landmark districts in Ridgewood are the Stockholm Street Historic District, a Belgian block-lined segment of Stockholm Street between Woodward and Onderdonk avenues; the Ridgewood North Historic District, which covers 90 “Mathews flats” apartment houses in an area generally bounded by Forest and Fairview avenues between Gates Avenue and Woodbine Street; and the Ridgewood South Historic District, which has 212 Mathews flats apartment houses in an area bounded by Woodbine Street, Catalpa Avenue, Woodward Avenue and Onderdonk Avenue. -CONTINUED FROM PG. 1- ’Tis The Season For Bank Robberies Across Middle Village And Ridgewood Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to all three incidents, none of which appear to be connected to each other. There were no reported injuries. Regarding last Saturday’s incident, police said the crook— described as a dark-skinned male standing 6’-tall and weighing 190 lbs. and last seen wearing sunglasses, a tan or gray New York Yankees baseball cap and a green sweater—walked into the Ridgewood Chase bank, approached the counter and verbally demanded cash. Authorities said the teller complied with the suspect’s demands and handed over an undetermined amount of currency to him. Reportedly, the perpetrator took the money and fled from the bank on foot in an unknown direction. As for Tuesday’s bank robbery in Ridgewood, police said, a bandit described as a black male believed to be 30 years old and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt passed a note to the Capital One teller demanding cash. After receiving $1,000 in cash, authorities noted, the perpetrator fled on foot in an unknown direction. The Middle Village caper occurred at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday at the Chase bank located at the corner of Eliot Avenue and 74th Street. Law enforcement sources said the suspect—described as a black male with a medium complexion between 25 and 30 years of age, standing between 5’9”- and 6’- tall with a medium build and wearing a gray ski cap, dark sunglasses, a gray coat and a multi-colored scarf—passed a note to a teller demanding cash. He reportedly displayed a firearm at the window. Authorities stated the teller provided $8,825 in cash to the suspect, who fled the scene in an unknown direction. The NYPD Major Case Squad is investigating all three capers, police said. Anyone with information regarding the robberies or the suspects’ whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1- 800-577-TIPS; by text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls and messages will be kept confidential. -CONTINUED FROM PG. 1- At left, the suspect who robbed a Chase bank in Ridgewood last Saturday, Dec. 6. Shown at right is the note-carrying perpetrator who stole money from a Capital One bank in Ridgewood on Tuesday morning, Dec. 9. REPORT CRIMES IN PROGRESS TO 911 IMMEDIATELY!
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