We have word via Twitter that construction started up at the Ridgewood plaza at the the intersection of 71st Avenue at Stephen Street and Myrtle Avenue. The Department of Transportation announced that it would transform the temporary plaza into a permanent space over the summer. The permanent plaza will feature stone block seating, expanded planting areas, new concrete, a drinking fountain, two permanent chess tables, bike racks and a rain garden. (Check out the DOT’s entire proposal here.) No word on how long construction will last.