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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.