City Living: Ridgewood
Sitting on the border of Queens and Brooklyn, Ridgewood is packed with the old and new; it is chock full of history and is a popular spot for young people to move today.
Gary Giordano, chairman of Ridgewoods Community Board 5 moved to the Queens neighborhood nearly three decades ago and said it has maintained a unique charm over the years.
A lot of the housing was built here between 1900 and 1920, he said. If you go to some other Queens neighborhoods, the housing was built a lot more recently.
Homes Giordano mentioned include some of Ridgewoods signature old-fashioned single or two-family row houses erected throughout the neighborhood.
Ridgewood, an area of about two square miles with more than 65,000 residents, exists in a somewhat under-the-radar spot right on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.
But the nabes commercial districts -- like along Myrtle Avenue, Fresh Pond Road, and Forest Avenue -- are go-to spots for residents of both boroughs looking to shop and run errands.
Some of Ridgewoods earliest settlers date back to the 1860s.
It was then a predominantly German and Italian community, but the ever-changing demographics of New York City have since diversified the area and brought in more young people, residents said.
Honoring its history, the neighborhood was designated as a historic district in 1986.
The Onderdonk House, a Dutch-American farmhouse at 1820 Flushing Ave., was built in 1709 and is now a local attraction for history buffs.
Other hotbeds of history in Ridgewood include its own theater at 55-27 Myrtle Ave., built in 1916 and designated as a landmark in 2010.
Ridgewood runs west to east from Flushing Avenue to Fresh Pond Road, and south to north from Cooper Avenue to Metropolitan Avenue. More »
M train to Fresh Pond Road; L train to Myrtle-Wyckoff avenues; B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, Q39, Q54, Q55 buses More »
Ridgewood Library, 20-12 Madison St., 718-821-4770 More »
USPS Ridgewood branch, 6060 Myrtle Ave., 718-418-0793. More »
Ridgewood is served by the 104th Precinct at 64-2 Catalpa Ave. Its commanding officer Capt. Christopher Manson said his officers are close with the community. Crime is down 78% here since 1993 and 44% since 2001. There have been 18 robberies, 26 burglaries and 34 grand larcenies reported by the precinct so far this year, according to its CompStat report. More »