Ridgewood, Queens

Ridgewood, Queens

Ridgewood, Queens

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Ridgewood is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. It borders the neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale, as well as the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. Historically, the neighborhood straddled the Queens-Brooklyn boundary. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 5., New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.

Over the years, Ridgewood has shifted in demographics from time to time. Historically a German WPA Guide to New York City: The Federal Writers' Project Guide to 1930s New York. 1939. and Italian neighborhood, it is now home to many families of varying backgrounds, mainly consisting of Latinos, Eastern Europeans, Middle Easterners, Asians, and Native-Born Americans. Harry Houdini is one of the former notable residents, and is buried nearby at the Machpelah Cemetery in neighboring Glendale.

History

Originally, Ridgewood was part of the Dutch settlement Boswijk (Bushwick) and was later incorporated into the village of Breuckelen (Brooklyn). A legacy of this past stands today; Onderdonk House, which was erected in 1709. The house is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City. Also located at the Onderdonk House site is Arbitration Rock, which was a marker for the disputed boundary between Bushwick and Newtown and essentially Brooklyn and Queens.

Geography

The majority of the neighborhood covers a large hill,...
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