Plaza Partnership Unveiled In R’wood

The Myrtle Avenue BID has announced its new agreement with the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership to maintain the 71st Avenue and Vendetti Square public plazas in Ridgewood. Myrtle Avenue BID Executive Director Ted Renz was joined by City Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Elizabeth Crowley and Rep. Nydia Velázquez at the announcement held inside the 71st Avenue public space on Friday, Sept. 5. Unemployed, formerly homeless and incarcerated individuals reentering society will be employed, and can get a chance to rebuild their lives and gain work skills by maintaining the plazas. They will be responsible for planting new greenery four times a year and maintaining the cleanliness of the space. “This is a unique partnership we have here today. It makes Myrtle Avenue that much more a desirable of a venue to shop or do business,” Crowley said. Also pictured at last Friday’s ceremony are Board 5 Chairperson Vincent Arcuri; Angela Mirabile of the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation; and David Aglialoro, representing Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan.