Ridgewood is a neighborhood in New York City, New York with a population of 66,028. Living in Ridgewood offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Ridgewood there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Ridgewood and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Ridgewood are above average.
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Top Public Schools Serving Ridgewood
Stuyvesant High School
- New York City Geographic District No. 2, NY
- 890 reviews
Bronx High School of Science
- New York City Geographic District No. 10, NY
- 776 reviews
Townsend Harris High School
- New York City Geographic District No. 25, NY
- 532 reviews
High School Math Science & Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
- New York City Geographic District No. 5, NY
- 151 reviews
Bard High School Early College Queens
- New York City Geographic District No. 24, NY
- 303 reviews
Living in Ridgewood is great. The neighborhood is a melting pot. You can find people of all ages cultures, and restaurants, or bars to suite them. There is history too. Ridgewood years ago was made up of large farms and most of the backyards in the neighborhood have either peach, cherry, or fig trees. It is a nice nostalgic memory of the old neighbors farming the land and the fruit if their past labor can still be enjoyed by the present neighbor. Ridgewood was mostly German, followed by Itallian, then Eastern European, now Spanish, everyone lives in Ridgewood. It is a neighborhood that is working class mixed with retirees, and entrepreneurs. We have coffee shops that display art work from local artist. Street festivals where locals enjoy expressing their culture and learning news things about others. welcome to Ridgewood.
Ridgewood has probably been one of the most diverse neighborhoods I've lived in. Being on the borderline with Queens and Brooklyn is extremely cool. There are different kinds of foods everywhere from different cultural backgrounds. Ridgewood neighbors are extremely friendly and always there to help a hand. Although commuting is kind of tricky, where the L line is one of the only transport, the line is super fast to commute to Manhattan. Usually, the train takes 20 minutes max without delay. Supermarkets are also within walking distance. Usual areas are quiet, but if you want some fun and a little shopping stop by in Bushwick which is right next to Ridgewood.
I have been living in Ridgewood with my wife for almost one year now. The neighborhood is very calm and green, even though there are not big parks here. I love to go to shop fresh fruit and real Italian products in Fresh Pond or to walk in Grover Cleveland Park. The vibe is popular, familiar but things are going to change with new young people coming. Comparing my rent with Bushwick or Greenpoint, I find the price very good. Just be aware that if you are searching nightlife, art galleries, or cool cafè this is not the place.