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Top Public Schools Serving Ridgewood
Stuyvesant High School
- New York City Geographic District No. 2, NY
- 885 reviews
Bronx High School of Science
- New York City Geographic District No. 10, NY
- 770 reviews
Townsend Harris High School
- New York City Geographic District No. 25, NY
- 525 reviews
High School Math Science & Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
- New York City Geographic District No. 5, NY
- 149 reviews
Bard High School Early College Queens
- New York City Geographic District No. 24, NY
- 302 reviews
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 grew up in Ridgewood, and I have always appreciated it's diversity and feeling of community. I consider it an excellent neighborhood in which to raise a family; there are multiple elementary and middle schools in the area, as well as the neighborhood's main zone high school. There are two main shopping centers, where most of the shopping options are affordable and a diverse array of food is available. It is accessible to Brooklyn and Manhattan via the M and L train lines, and to other neighborhoods in Queens via the many bus routes that pass through the area. Ridgewood certainly operates at a slower pace than most New York City neighborhoods. At this stage in my life, I couldn't imagine living elsewhere.
I have lived in Ridgewood for all of my life. I have seen it go from terrible to fairly well in the past few years. Gentrification has really had a way with the neighborhood. There are more adult-friendly places to eat, drink and hang out. Weekend nights are still on the border of unsafe because people now have more places to go in the late evening. It can be noisy on weekend nights especially if you live near the corner like I do. It is very diverse which I believe is very important. There are many public schools within walking distance in Ridgewood. The popular avenue, Myrtle Avenue, has much to offer the residents of Ridgewood. Rent and the cost of living as skyrocketed especially with gentrification seeping its way into the neighborhood. Some people think gentrification is beneficial, while others do not. No matter what happens, I do not plan to ever leave where I live now. I enjoy being so close to Manhattan, which is only a 30-minute commute by train. I love Ridgewood.