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Ridgewood Professional Review and Guide
"Ridgewood might be both the most historic and the most au courant place in Queens. The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society is headquartered in a house dating to the 1650s, and the National Register of Historic Places lists 18 different districts within Ridgewood. Yet you’re also likely to find Ridgewood on any list of up-and-coming neighborhoods in New York City, typically under a headline like “The new Williamsburg!” Gentrification has pushed the hip and artsy across the Brooklyn border in search of affordable, low-key cool. Once upon a time Ridgewood shared a different population with neighboring Bushwick and Williamsburg: German immigrants, who began settling in the area in the 1880s and were still the majority into the 1960s. They’ve dropped to less than 10% of the Ridgewood population, though the German American School (established 1892) and the Steuben Society (since 1919) are both still open on Fresh Pond Rd. What really dominates Ridgewood is not a particular group of people but a group of houses: the Mathews Model Flats, yellow-brick row houses built by the hundreds (by developer Gustave X. Mathews) between 1905 and 1915."
--Adrienne Onofri, Walking Queens (Wilderness Press).
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