New York, New York 10080


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."

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