Historically, the neighborhood straddled the Queens-Brooklyn boundary. [3] The entirety of Community Board 5, which comprises Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village, and Glendale, had 166,924 inhabitants as of NYC Health's 2018 Community Health Profile, with an average life expectancy of 81.4 years. [45], After World War I, the population expanded with an influx of Gottscheers, an ethnic German population from Slovenia who were dislocated in the aftermath of World War I, and spoke the Gottscheerish dialect. John Dereszewski served as the District Manager of Bushwick’s Community Board 4 during the time of the 1977 blackout and has written and lectured extensively about Bushwick’s past and current history. [19][31], Much of the housing stock was erected between 1905 and 1915. This is exactly what occurred on September 19, 1917 when a devastating fire nearly destroyed the entire grandstand. [59]:2, As of 2017, the median household income in Community Board 5 was $71,234. A handsomely renovated townhouse, 1635 Hancock Street is a one-of-a-kind home and a must-see for Brooklyn townhouse buyers. Their headquarters is located at the intersection of Myrtle and Forest Avenues and was built in 1929. [59]:9 Twenty percent of Ridgewood and Maspeth residents are smokers, which is higher than the city average of 14% of residents being smokers. [58], Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Ridgewood was 69,317, a decrease of 138 (0.2%) from the 69,455 counted in 2000. [89], Since at least 1898, when the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens were created as part of the City of Greater New York, Glendale and Ridgewood's postal mail had been routed through the main Brooklyn post office in Williamsburg, rather than the main post office in Flushing, because they are located closer to Williamsburg. [47] Still, in the 1939 WPA Guide to New York City, workers for the Federal Writers' Project described Ridgewood and Bushwick as "old-fashioned and respectable", and said that Ridgewood "rivals Manhattan's Yorkville as a German center. Ridgewood contains the following public elementary schools, which serve grades PK-5 unless otherwise indicated: The following middle schools are located in Ridgewood: Grover Cleveland High School is the only high school in Ridgewood, and is the zoned public high school to most of Ridgewood.[104]. For more than a century after their foundings, the towns of Bushwick and Newtown both laid claim to today's Ridgewood. [92] Afterward, the communities of Ridgewood and Glendale expressed a desire to disassociate themselves from Bushwick. Ten years later, the Ridgewoods were renamed the Bushwicks and appeared to inaugurate a real golden age for Wallace Field. Ridgewood is home to Ridgewood Savings Bank, the largest mutual savings bank in New York State. [34] According to a 1909 issue of the Real Estate Record and Guide, development was concentrated in an 150-block area around East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, namely the present-day area of Ridgewood. In addition, the large Cemetery Belt is located directly to the south. Stockholm Street, and the surrounding neighborhood in Ridgewood, is dominated by the twin-towered church at Onderdonk Avenue. (In … [6] The 104th Precinct ranked 21st safest out of 69 patrol areas for per-capita crime in 2010. By that time, the street grid had been sufficiently developed to enable the Cypress to Menehan to St. Nicholas to Gates to Wyckoff to Eldert to Irving border to be established without that much difficulty. Ridgewood is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. [25], Simultaneously, northern Brooklyn was seeing an increase in the number of German immigrants. If the police did raid the event, they could not stop play but only arrest a few of the major players. Also, the initial capacity of Ebbetts Field, which also opened around that time, was only 18,000. Posted on December 6, 2016. [112] The property continued to operate until 1959. So this was a pretty big deal. Bushwick's borders largely overlap those of Brooklyn Community Board 4, which is delineated by Flushing Avenue on the north, Broadway on the southwest, the border with Queens to the northeast, and the Cemetery of the Evergreens on the southeast. (For example, Whitey Ford was a Bushwick before he was a Yankee.) The Ridgewood Park baseball ground, built on land owned by William Wallace,[111] was part of a larger entertainment area bounded by Wyckoff Avenue, Covert Street, Halsey Street, and Irving Avenue. The Ridgewood Theater Building was built 1916 and designated in 2010. [94] It is published in English and was formerly published in German as well. Subway To Be Opened Today: First Train This Afternoon Will Carry Officials – Citizens to Celebrate", "CELEBRATE OPENING OF NEW B. M. T. LINE; Officials and Civic Association Members Fill First Train From Union Square. Residential construction predominated in the southern part of Ridgewood while industrial factories and mills were prevalent in the northern section, near Newtown Creek. In 2018, this population of uninsured residents was estimated to be 13%, slightly higher than the citywide rate of 12%. The Daily News reports raids on two apartments near the Bushwick-Ridgewood border turned up a $10 million stash of cocaine - or 80 pounds (!!!) It borders the neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale, as well as the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick and East Williamsburg. By the late 20th century, Poles, Dominicans,[49][50][51] and Ecuadorians—including a significant population of Quechua-speaking Amerindians from the Imbabura and Cañar provinces of Ecuador—had moved to Ridgewood. This historic district includes 990 buildings, mostly brick rowhouses, constructed in 1906-1915 by various small builders. And while the final attempt to bring Sunday Major League baseball to Bushwick was unsuccessful, several major league teams would, however, play exhibition games here over the years. 07-10-2020, 03:41 PM Chava61 : 34,485 posts, read 35,178,222 times Reputation: 16189. Located just half a block from Bushwick and the Brooklyn border in Ridgewood, Queens, the circa 1910 home is one of four in a Renaissance Revival row. [9], Ridgewood is adjacent to Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the two neighborhoods have similar histories. Southwest is Bushwick, along with mixed-use Cypress and Wyckoff avenues, though since 1978 when Ridgewood finally got a Queens ZIP code, the border hasn't seemed fixed for most folks. [16] Also at the Onderdonk House site is Arbitration Rock, a marker for the disputed boundary between Bushwick and Newtown, and by extension Brooklyn and Queens (see § Border with Bushwick). In addition, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has designated four landmark districts in Ridgewood: There are two individual city-designated landmarks: The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, the Evergreens Cemetery, and St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church Complex are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, since it was not an accessible location for weekday baseball and – more importantly – since the Gladiators were really terrible, things did not work out, and the Gladiators abandoned Wallace Field and then ceased to exist well before the end of the season. [14] Ridgewood's oldest streets are Myrtle Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue, and Fresh Pond Road, which were used by farmers to take their goods to markets. The Bridegroom’s fans in order not to have their wives turned into widows learned how to dodge the many trolley cars they had to elude. Linden Street is named after this subsection of Ridgewood. These consisted of highly talented ballplayers who worked Monday through Friday and then played ball on the weekend. [21][19] Factories and knitting mills were also opened within the communities, and speculative German developers built houses, consisting mostly of multi-family stock that were three or four stories tall. [14] By 1880, there were 35 breweries in Brooklyn, including a 14-block "brewer's row" within Bushwick that contained at least 11 breweries. [107], The New York City Subway's BMT Myrtle Avenue Line (M train) runs through the heart of Ridgewood with stops at Seneca Avenue, Forest Avenue, and Fresh Pond Road. The incarceration rate of 235 per 100,000 people is lower than that of the city as a whole. The building architects were Halsey, McCormack and Helmer, Inc. and the general contractors were Stamarith Construction Corporation. [7], The origin of the neighborhood's name is disputed. Right on the border between the neighborhoods of Bushwick and Ridgewood M & L trains are 3 minute and 10 minute walks respectively. One room is available in a three-bedroom apartment ground floor on the Bushwick/Ridgewood border. [69] The neighborhood has been largely untouched by construction since then, leaving many centrally planned blocks of houses and tenements still in the same state as their construction. Many of The Old Timer’s readers have often asked about the borderline between Brooklyn and Queens, which nowadays has evolved into a question about the border between Ridgewood and Bushwick. Both were initially settled by the Lenape Native Americans, specifically the Mespachtes tribe (for whom the adjacent neighborhood of Maspeth is named). There are two Catholic grammar schools located in the neighborhood. Because the Arbitration Rock lay along a diagonal with this grid plan, numerous houses were built on the Brooklyn-Queens boundary, their owners sometimes subject to taxes from both counties. [39][41] Much of the new housing was originally settled by Germans, who had mostly moved from other neighborhoods such as Williamsburg. [59]:6 The percentage of Ridgewood and Maspeth students excelling in math rose from 36% in 2000 to 67% in 2011, and reading achievement rose from 42% to 49% during the same time period. In the meantime, I hope this will provide you with a brief glimpse of what was once a very vital part of this community. 0. comments. This historic district includes 210 buildings, a large collection of three-story brick rowhouses as well as the St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church, built in 1911-1912 by the G.X. The resolution of the border in the Bushwick/Ridgewood area occurred in 1925 as per the action of the NYS legislature. [71] The building's exterior is made of limestone and contains an eight-foot granite base. I guess the verdict on the Gladiators was “Thumbs Down!”. [91] When ZIP Codes were assigned in 1963, the neighborhoods were assigned Brooklyn ZIP Codes with the 112 prefix, along with all areas whose mail was routed through a Brooklyn post office. The 1906 Brighton Field Club. [19] "Brewer's Row" had grown to 14 breweries by 1890. This neighborhood is the Williamsburg of Queens, sharing its border with Bushwick and reflecting the area’s alternative and hipster vibes. favorite this post Dec 28 Renovated 1BR on 147th Street in Flushing! Mathews Company. Ridgewood is covered by ZIP Code 11385, which it shares with neighboring Glendale. [19][22] The Myrtle Avenue elevated railroad, running above Myrtle Avenue within Brooklyn, was extended to the Queens border in 1889. This would have been the first “Subway Series” had subways existed at that time! [42] Figures from the 1910 United States Census indicated that much of Ridgewood's population was working-class and of German or Eastern European descent, and many homes were owner-occupied. Unfortunately, while Ebbetts Field was constructed of steel and concrete, Wallace Field was built of wood, and wood burns. Following the 1977 blackout, the communities of Ridgewood and Glendale expressed a desire to disassociate themselves from Bushwick. The Dutch of Bushwick had the area in their charter; the English of Newtown included it in their bartering with the Lenape tribe. [11]:1001[14][15]:48 The only known remaining Dutch farmhouse in the neighborhood is the Onderdonk House, which was erected in 1709. This carefully restored pre-war building, is located in the middle of a beautiful tree lined block, on the border Bushwick in Ridgewood. The question is especially baffling for New Yorkers who live in Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens, since these neighborhoods are closest to either side of the border. In 2018, 78% of residents described their health as "good," "very good," or "excellent," equal to the city's average of 78%. Prime Bushwick/Ridgewood border location, 2 freight elevators - 1 exclusively for 2nd floor (5K lbs) ideal for storage, warehousing, light manufacturing, woodworking, printing, TV set design, gas heat, close to L subway at Wyckoff Ave & Halsey St. In the early 20th century, developers gave the area various names, including Germania Heights, St. James Park, Ridgewood Heights, Wyckoff Heights, and Knickerbocker Heights, but only "Ridgewood" gained enough popularity past the 1910s. [45] Other Eastern Europeans came as well. feet. [108] At the end of the Myrtle Avenue Line is the Fresh Pond Yard, a storage yard for the M train. One theory is that it came from the Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park, in Brooklyn just south of Ridgewood. [10], The development of public transportation, starting with horse-drawn cars in the mid-19th century and later succeeded by trolleys and elevated trains, helped to spur residential and retail development. While the good people of Woodhaven have celebrated the memory of old Dexter Park – now a low-rise housing development – by placing a plaque near its one-time location, no such recognition has graced Wallace Field. The etymology of Ridgewood's name is disputed, but it may have referred to Ridgewood Reservoir, the local geography, or a road. At first it appeared that this would be the death knell of Wallace Field – and the Bushwicks immediately moved to Dexter Park in nearby Woodhaven – just over the Queens border – where the team would attain epic status through the 1950’s. In Ridgewood and Maspeth, there were 70 preterm births per 1,000 live births (compared to 87 per 1,000 citywide), and 17.6 births to teenage mothers per 1,000 live births (compared to 19.3 per 1,000 citywide). Politically, the border was almost always the boundary between different legislative districts. Rent burden, or the percentage of residents who have difficulty paying their rent, is 46% in Ridgewood and Maspeth, lower than the boroughwide and citywide rates of 53% and 51% respectively. Just after winning the second modern World Series in 1905, John McGraw’s NY Giants decided to take a victory lap by playing some games against a few lowly semi-pro teams. The Queens Public Library's Ridgewood branch is located at 20-12 Madison Street. The B20, B38, B57, Q38, Q39, Q54 and Q67 bus lines also serve Ridgewood. The “twin peaks” of St. Aloysius Church stick up above Himrod Street garages. (For example, Whitey Ford was a Bushwick before he was a Yankee.). Wyckoff Heights was urbanized starting in the late 19th century, and took its … [55], Following complaints from residents, Postmaster General William Bolger proposed that the ZIP Codes would be changed if United States Representative Geraldine Ferraro could produce evidence that 70% of residents supported it. [28][29], Ridgewood remained rural until the unification of New York City's boroughs in 1898, even as Bushwick had become fully developed. Well, the answer is that, until 1918, it was illegal in New York State to charge admission for Sunday sporting events. Ten years later, the Myrtle Avenue Elevated was extended on a ground level alignment over that trolley line. When you exit the L train at Halsey Street and walk into Bushwick, you pass a very forgettable manufacturing area to your left until you approach the Industry 1332 restaurant at the corner of Irving Avenue. What you may not realize is that you just passed the site of a ballpark that once hosted Major League baseball games. [45], Ridgewood and Maspeth generally have a lower rate of college-educated residents than the rest of the city as of 2018[update]. Stockholm Street Historic District, designated 2000. [95], Ridgewood and Maspeth's rate of elementary school student absenteeism is less than the rest of New York City. (This made the availability of Sunday ball a real necessity.) [9], In both neighborhoods, British and Dutch families tilled farms and grew crops for Brooklyn's and Manhattan's markets. We are really close to moving to a place about 1/2 mile away on Wyckoff and Hancock Street, which right on the border of Bushwick and Wyckoff. While 33% of residents age 25 and older have a college education or higher, 16% have less than a high school education and 50% are high school graduates or have some college education. The political dispute dates to the 17th century, when Newtown was under English rule and Boswijck was under Dutch rule. Featured image courtesy Brooklyn Public Library—Brooklyn Collection. In this case while Brooklyn clearly lived up to its name as the “City of Churches” and took a VERY dim view of Sunday baseball, the residents of Queens where Wallace Field was located at the time were somewhat more permissive. Streets in this area that run perpendicular to the county line are demarcated by a jump in numbering sequence between the two boroughs. Ridgewood's interlocking network of civic groups and improvement associations stops abruptly at the Brooklyn border. Ridgewood is the new Bushwick. Ridgewood has become more ethnically diverse since the mid-20th century. The nearest major hospitals are Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst[81] and the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick. 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