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Get to know Ridgewood

Navigate just north of Bushwick and amorphous East Williamsburg to set foot in not only a different neighborhood but an entirely separate borough. Ridgewood may share a border with Brooklyn, but it is Queens to the bone. It’s the site of 10 nationally recognized historic districts — plus several more city-designated ones — preserving NYC’s ever-evolving architectural lineage. The oldest bit of Ridgewood history is the Vander Ende–Onderdonk House museum, which dates to 1709 and is the oldest surviving Dutch Colonial fieldstone house in the city. However, most of present-day Ridgewood is a product of the early 20th century, evidenced partly by a score of brick rowhouses and homes with front stoops. Transit options include the L Train and the elevated M Train, each traveling toward Williamsburg and into Manhattan. If you don’t feel like commuting, try spying a clear view of the Midtown Manhattan skyline from Grover Cleveland Park.

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Ridgewood Commerce & Culture

Though Ridgewood is undeniably distinct from its Brooklyn neighbors, it shares some “standard” plaudits with them regarding food, bars, and cafés. Delicious bites big and small from pizzerias, bakeries, and sit-down eateries across the global dining spectrum line Ridgewood’s streets. With so much to choose from, it always feels like there’s something new to sample without getting overwhelming. Those looking to add some drinks to their dinner plans will also have their pick of dive, wine, and cocktail bars — plus some craft breweries. And between Ridgewood and Bushwick, you’d be hard-pressed to want for a standout spot brewing up coffee or tea. The greater area is a little starved for green space, but those seeking nature should head minutes southeast to Highland Park, a sprawling environment brimming with wildlife, athletic fields and courts, and views over the protected Ridgewood Reservoir.